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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 working in heart disease and stroke prevention and in healthcare systems to conduct innovative educational and capacity-building opportunities related to CDC domain 3 (healthcare system interventions), the 6|18 Initiative, 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 State 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 Leadership Team represent the interests of State Health Departments.

Advancing Team-Based Care

Advancing Team-Based Care to Manage High Blood Pressure is an NACDD learning program designed to accelerate team-based care using the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process and collaborative practice agreements to promote blood pressure management. State teams consisting of State Health Departments and their pharmacy partners participated in several meetings to acquire the information needed to host trainings within their states for pharmacists and primary care physicians. The teams developed a project plan and timeline for disseminating and supporting pharmacists with implementing the PPCP and CPA resource guides provided by the CDC.

Hypertension Group

In 2017, pharmacists and State Health Department officials from seven states joined experts from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors at their headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., for the conference, “Advancing Team-Based Care Through the Use of Collaborative Practice Agreements and Using the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process to Manage High Blood Pressure.” With funding from the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), the conference marked the beginning of a long-term partnership between NACDD and teams from Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming, who will participate in a learning program that is designed to accelerate team-based care using the pharmacists’ patient care process (PPCP) and collaborative practice agreements (CPA) as a means of managing high blood pressure.

Read the final report, Advancing Team-Based Care Through the Use of Collaborative Practice Agreements and Using the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process to Manage High Blood Pressure.

Team based care

NACDD also supports capacity building on geographic information systems (GIS) for State and Local Health Departments, which includes training and resources.

CVH Publications, Webinars, & Partners

NACDD and CDC fireside chats promoting innovative approaches to cardiovascular disease prevention and control draw an average of 125 chat attendees representing 36 states and are archived for future viewing. NACDD webinars on CVH topics such as leveraging clinical data for hypertension surveillance and the CDC Health Systems Scorecard provide timely information. Virtual roundtables that follow the fireside chats and webinars offer small group, peer-to-peer learning opportunities. View the archive for the NACDD and CDC fireside chats, webinars, and virtual roundtables.

Learn more about Community e-Connect - bidirectional, electronic referrals

Off the Cuff, a newsletter supporting clinical and community connections for State and Local Health Departments to promote cardiovascular health.

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A series of NACDD Issue Briefs, including Data-Driven Systems Change and Improvement in Hypertension Management and Addressing Health Disparities in Hypertension Control, help State Health Department staff stay up-to-date on issues related to their program work and grant objectives.

NACDD is a proud supporter of Million Hearts®. As a Million Hearts® partner organization, NACDD delivers pertinent information to State Health Department staff through conference calls, publications, and web posting of media resources that promote consistent messaging among Million Hearts® partners.

Off the cuff

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