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Cardiovascular Health


Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular health refers to the health of the heart and blood vessels. Cardiovascular disease is a group of diseases of the heart and blood vessels, including coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, heart arrhythmias, and heart valve problems. There are several risk factors that lead to the development of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, tobacco use, and diabetes.

How You Can Join in the Cardiovascular Health Effort

Contact Miriam Patanian to learn more about NACDD’s Cardiovascular Health work and the many ways you can participate.

NACDD Action on Cardiovascular Health

NACDD collaborates with State Health Department programs and other partners working in heart disease and stroke prevention and in healthcare systems to conduct innovative educational and capacity-building opportunities related to CDC-RFAs DP18-1815 and DP18-1817 Category B funding and Million Hearts®2022. NACDD manages a Cardiovascular Health Network, a national group of State Health Department program managers, staff, epidemiologists, and evaluators working to improve diagnosis and management of high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol in their states.

This CVH Network supports health departments in implementing evidence-based, population health improvement strategies in healthcare and community systems, work that is primarily associated with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention-funded cooperative agreements. All states are funded through these cooperative agreements and participate in the CVH Network. The NACDD CVH Network and its CVH Council represent the interests of State Health Departments.

The Cardiovascular Health Initiative focuses on the following areas to support prevention and management of cardiovascular disease

Peer Support

The CVH Team provides peer-to-peer support to State Health Departments for cardiovascular disease prevention and management through the following initiatives:


Technical Assistance & Resources

NACDD, in coordination with CDC, has developed an innovative format for live webcam presentations, called Fireside Chats, that allow for increased interaction between content experts and State Health Departments working on emerging issues in cardiovascular health. Unlike a webinar, where the bulk of the time is devoted to a speaker presentation based on prepared slides, Fireside Chats provide a more informal opportunity for a brief expert presentation and a specific state example, with the majority of the time being allocated to interaction among state, CDC, and NACDD representatives.

The CVH Team hosts virtual roundtables following each Fireside Chat, providing states with an opportunity to continue discussion on the topic in a more informal format. Topics addressed during the Fireside Chats and virtual roundtables are summarized in Issue Briefs.

NACDD assists State Health Departments in promoting successful programs to improve the health of communities and to reduce the burden of chronic disease across the U.S. through development of success stories. To submit a success story to the What's Working in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Database, contact

In coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, NACDD worked with five state teams on a learning program to accelerate team-based care to manage high blood pressure entitled Accelerating Team-Based Care through the Use of Collaborative Practice Agreements and the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process to Manage High Blood Pressure. Teams from the program now serve as facilitators-in-training and host workshops and trainings within their states to spread successful strategies and share resources developed by CDC and pharmacy partners.



NACDD distributes a weekly communication, Off the Cuff, that includes information for the CVH Network on: pertinent webinars and calls; national partners’ announcements and resources; and tips from states on program, epidemiology, surveillance, and evaluation topics.

Off the Cuff reaches more than 500 people each issue, including federal, national, state, territorial, and local public health professionals.

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   Click issue number below to view back issues of Off the Cuff

   Issue 166 October 7, 2019
   Issue 165 September 30, 2019
   Issue 164 September 23, 2019
   Issue 163 September 16, 2019
   Issue 162 September 9, 2019
   Issue 161 September 3, 2019
   Issue 160 August 26, 2019
   Issue 159 August 19, 2019
   Issue 158 August 12, 2019
   Issue 157 August 5, 2019
   Issue 156 July 29, 2019
   Issue 155 July 22, 2019
   Issue 154 July 15, 2019
   Issue 153 July 8, 2019
   Issue 152 July 1, 2019
   Issue 151 June 24, 2019
   Issue 150 June 17, 2019
   Issue 149 June 10, 2019
   Issue 148 June 3, 2019
   Issue 147 May 28, 2019
   Issue 146 May 20, 2019
   Issue 145 May 13, 2019
   Issue 144 May 6, 2019
   Issue 143 April 29, 2019
   Issue 142 April 22, 2019
   Issue 141 April 8, 2019
   Issue 140 April 1, 2019
   Issue 139 March 25, 2019
   Issue 138 March 18, 2019
   Issue 137 March 11, 2019
   Issue 136 March 4, 2019
   Issue 135 February 25, 2019
   Issue 134 February 18, 2019
   Issue 133 February 11, 2019
   Issue 132 February 4, 2019
   Issue 131 January 28, 2019
   Issue 130 January 22, 2019
   Issue 129 January 14, 2019
   Issue 128 January 7, 2019
   Issue 127 December 17, 2018
   Issue 126 December 10, 2018
   Issue 125 December 3, 2018
   Issue 124 November 26, 2018
   Issue 123 November 19, 2018
   Issue 122 November 13, 2018
   Issue 121 November 2, 2018

   Inaugural Issue      November 24, 2015

Public Health Data Systems

NACDD is working with states to promote the adoption of innovative surveillance approaches to spread and evaluate evidence-based strategies to reduce risks, complications, and barriers to the prevention and control of cardiovascular disease.

In partnership with CDC and the Children's Environmental Health Initiative at Rice University, NACDD coordinates virtual and in-person training opportunities in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS enables users to visualize and analyze spatial information using maps to provide insights into patterns and relationships, helping state and local health departments in strategic decision-making.

NACDD provides technical support for states implementing Community e-Connect, a bi-directional electronic linkage between clinical Electronic Medical Records and community-based organizations. Community e-Connect creates a collaboration between clinical organizations and community partners who provide evidence-based programs to improve individual patient health as well as population health, overall.

CDC has funded NACDD to develop a pilot project to implement Multi-state EHR-based Network for Disease Surveillance (MENDS) in three State Health Departments: North Dakota, Virginia, and Washington, and their data partners.



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National Partners

NACDD continues to work with national partners, including Million Hearts® and the American Heart Association, to support hypertension and cholesterol management.

Million Hearts®

  • NACDD has been a proud national partner of Million Hearts® since 2012 and works with CDC and many other partners to support the priority areas of Million Hearts®. The Million Hearts® Collaboration, facilitated by the American Heart Association, supports improving cardiovascular health outcomes in a variety of sectors and increases communication and dissemination of key strategies, tools, and evidence-based resources to accomplish established goals.
  • The Million Hearts® Hospitals and Health Systems designation is being developed to encourage and recognize hospitals that adopt evidence-based, systematic approaches known to improve quality of care and cardiovascular health.
  • NACDD is part of the Self-Measured Blood Pressure (SMBP) Forum facilitated by CDC and is supporting CDC efforts to conduct a national coverage and reimbursement analysis focused on SMBP.

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