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OTC September 12, 2016
Off the Cuff: Domain 3/Health Systems Updates
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 33
September 12, 2016

Webinars & Calls Worth Your Time

1305 Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative (EEC)
Wednesday, September 12, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Sponsored by the CVH Team at NACDD
EEC is a peer-led group of epidemiologists and evaluators who come together each month to work smarter and more effectively with 1305 and 1422 epidemiology, surveillance, evaluation and performance measures. States share what they are doing, resources, and questions and provide feedback to CDC. The group is led by Rachael Austin (NY), Liz Gebhart (NE), Paul Meddaugh (VT), and Brittany Brown (UT). Come see what we are all about! Call-in information: 1-866-707-1092, passcode 4581813#. To be added to the EEC distribution list and membership roster, please email MaryCatherine Jones at

Establishing Effective Data Use Agreements
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Sponsored by TTASC

Data use or data sharing agreements are a necessary component to acquiring data to inform state evaluation activities. By the end of this Webinar, participants will learn:
  • Best practices developing data use agreements
  • Example language for data use agreements
  • Common pitfalls and solutions to creating data use agreements
Click here to register. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to

Getting Back to the Value of Evaluation

Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 2:30 -3:00 p.m. ET
Sponsored by CDC’s Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

The Evaluation and Program Effectiveness Team within the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) provides evaluation technical support for several cooperative agreements funded by DHDSP that address uncontrolled hypertension and cardiovascular health. While DHDSP-funded cooperative agreements require funded agencies to conduct evaluations of their programs, the design and results of these evaluations may not always lead to effective reporting to stakeholders and program improvement at both the local and CDC level. The presenters will review the value of evaluation, discuss the benefits to state and local health departments of evaluating their programs, and describe how local evaluation results can be used by health departments and DHDSP to improve programs at all levels. Presenter is Joanna Elmi, MPH. No need to register, just click here to join. Audio information: Toll free number: 1-(855)-644-0229; Conference ID: 4937505#

For the September newsletter summarizing new information about Coffee Breaks and links to archived coffee breaks, please click here.

Partners in Health—Developing Collaborations between Public Health and Schools of Pharmacy
Thursday, September 15, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Sponsored by American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and CDC

Participants will learn about successful collaborations between state health departments and pharmacy schools, including an overview of chronic disease prevalence, trends, etc. during this time of healthcare transformation. To register please click here. Audio options: Conference line: 1-855-644-0229, passcode: 4937505#

Vital Signs Town Hall: Blood Pressure Control: Helping People Take Their Medicine
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Sponsored by CDC

See News and Resources section below for information. No preregistration needed. Conference Line (U.S. only): 800-857-0604; Passcode: 795-4413

1305 and 1422 Epidemiology and Surveillance Call on All Payer Claims Databases
Wednesday, September 21, from 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET
Sponsored by the CVH Team of NACDD and the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at CDC

This is part of a call series to provide an ongoing forum for state and CDC 1305 and 1422 epidemiology and surveillance staff to come together, ask questions, discuss common issues, and share tips, tools, and resources. Our September call will focus on All Payer Claims Databases (APCD). States are invited to share their efforts in accessing and working with APCDs, including successes and challenges. Click here to register.

Apply Evidence to Improve Blood Pressure Control: Target: BP™ and the M.A.P. (Measure. Act. Partner) Framework
Monday, September 26, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
Sponsored by American Heart Association and American Medical Association

Target: BP™ is a national collaboration between the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association to reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes by urging physician practices, health systems and patients to prioritize blood pressure control. Target: BP is a call to action motivating medical practices, practitioners and health services organizations to prioritize blood pressure control. It includes a recognition program for healthcare providers who attain high levels of blood pressure control in their patient populations. This webinar will introduce the Target: BP Program, explain how it supports the achievement of optimal blood pressure control and help primary care providers and their care teams identify opportunities for improvement while implementing the M.A.P. Framework. Presenters: Dr. Gregg Fonarow and Dr. Michael Rakotz. Advanced Registration is required. Click here to register.

We highlight events we think are especially worth your time but there is a lot going on! Keep up using the Chronic Disease Events Calendar. The webinars in darker type are more directly related to Domain 3/Health Systems.

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD and National Partners

From CDC
CDC to Release New Vital Signs Report on Blood Pressure Medication Adherence

On September 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm ET, CDC will release a report about medication adherence, emphasizing how healthcare teams can help patients take their blood pressure medicine as directed. Please consider sharing the following information with your healthcare teams.

CDC is offering several opportunities for health care teams to learn more about CDC’s new Vital Signs report and discover how you can help.

Ways You Can Participate
  • Read and share new Vital Signs materials when they are released.
Look for CDC's new Vital Signs materials on Tuesday, September 13 at 1 PM EDT
  • Participate in the conversation via your social media channels.
Share your stories about how you and your partners have improved blood
pressure medication dherence using the hashtags #BloodPressure and #VitalSigns.

Repost CDC social media about medication adherence – look for it on @cdcgov,
@MillionHeartsUS, and
  • Learn how other healthcare teams have successfully tackled medication adherence by joining the Vital Signs Town Hall.
Vital Signs Town Hall: Blood Pressure Control: Helping People Take Their
–Tuesday, September 20, at 2 pm ET, Conference Line (U.S. only):
800-857-0604. Passcode: 795-4413
  • Get Million Hearts® content embedded directly on your website.
Get the Million Hearts® microsite—a collection of syndicated heart disease and
stroke prevention resources for healthcare and public health audiences that
may be easily embedded into your website.

Summaries from August 2015 Webinars and Roundtable Discussions on Hypertension Medication Adherence
The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) held a number of events to help states in their efforts to support clinical providers in improving the percentage of patients who take hypertension medications as prescribed and related system issues. ASTHO and NACDD planned and implemented two national webinars, which were each followed by a virtual roundtable that provided an opportunity for participants to discuss the webinar topic. This document summarizes the webinars and has links to the presentations and related resources.

From CMS
Accountable Health Communities Model Track 1 Funding Opportunity Announced
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a new funding opportunity on September 8, 2016 for Track 1 of the Accountable Health Communities Model. The five-year model, called the Accountable Health Communities Model (AHC), will focus on the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, including building alignment between clinical and community-based services at the local level.

Visit the AHC Model web page to learn more about Track 1 changes and the AHC Model application process and register for a webinar on
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm ET. Registration is required to join the webinar.

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