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Off the Cuff: CVH Clinical and Community Connections for State & Local Public Health Departments
Information from state and national partners
Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 176, Dec.16, 2019
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Happy Holidays, Winter Solstice Greetings, Hanukkah Sameach, Merry Christmas and Kwanzaa Blessings! Wishing you light, happiness, and peace in the coming year.
From the NACDD CVH Team

Miriam Patanian
Lead Cardiovascular Health Consultant

Hannah Herold
GIS, CVH Council, EEC

Kayla Craddock
MENDS, Community Health Worker project

MaryCatherine Jones
CVH Council, EEC, GIS

Kathy Foell
MENDS, Off the Cuff newsletter

Julia Schneider
SMBP, Fireside Chats, Million Hearts

Susan Svencer
Community e-Connect, Million Hearts

Lisa Erck (not pictured)
6/18 Employer Engagement

Are You Working with Employers to Control High Blood Pressure?
NACDD is trying to understand the extent to which public/private partnership exists to advance blood pressure control. Specifically, we are interested in understanding which State Health Departments are working with employers to implement targeted evidence-based approaches to control high blood pressure. Examples of evidence-based interventions include:
  • Tiered options for hypertension medications
  • Bundled payments with care and medication management practices
  • Providing blood pressure monitors
  • Offering incentives to employees with hypertension who participate in self-management programs
 Please contact Lisa Erck at if you have examples to share. 

Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

EHR-Based Surveillance Learning Community
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, 3-4:00 p.m. ET
Sponsors: Public Health Informatics Institute and NACDD
This month’s topic is analysis and visualization reporting tools, including a demonstration by Sara Schmidt and Greg Budney from the Colorado Department of Health, of the CHORDS (Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service) dashboard and maps. Additionally, Dr. Noelle Cocoros will share options for visualizing EHR data via RiskScape.

Register here for the call series if you haven’t already. All calls are on the third Tuesday of every month from 3-4:00 p.m. ET.

Journal Club on Application of Geographic Information Systems to Address Chronic Disease Priorities: Experiences in State and Local Health Departments
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, 3-3:30 p.m. ET 
Sponsors: NACDD Public Health Leadership and Practice and CVH teams
The December 2019 session of Journal Club will discuss the Application of Geographic Information Systems to Address Chronic Disease Priorities: Experiences in State and Local Health Departmentspublished in Preventing Chronic Disease, May 2019. Please join even if you don’t have time to read the article.  No registration is required.  Call 866-453-0947, conference ID 943 1004 at the time indicated above.  For questions, contact Abby Lowe-Wilson,

Healthy Heart Ambassador (HHA) Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program (BPSM) for Community Organizations
Wednesdays, Jan. 29 and Feb 12, 2020, 2-3:00 p.m. ET

Sponsor: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Please join this CDC webinar to learn more about partnering with community organizations to implement the HHA-BPSM program in communities to provide better access to high risk populations where they live, work, or play.
During the calls CDC will:
  • Describe the program and its components
  • Discuss how recipients can support the program
  • Address questions related to the program
  • Share how the program material can be obtained
Please share any questions you have with your project officer in advance of the call. Stay tuned for call-in information.

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD, and National Partners

Check out the New GIS Impact Webpage
NACDD is pleased to announce the release of a new webpage to describe the impact of the GIS Capacity Building Project on chronic disease prevention work in Health Departments. The GIS Capacity Building Project is a collaborative project with CDC, Rice University and NACDD. The new webpage showcases the value of GIS training and resources with project summaries, video testimonials and quotes from health department staff working in chronic disease prevention. Information about new GIS training opportunities and events can be found here. 


From Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH)
Apply to the DASH Mentor Program: Build Your Data Sharing Capacity

Through the DASH Mentor Program, seven organizations will serve as Mentors within the All In network to support communities in advancing their efforts to share and use multi-sector data to improve community health. DASH is seeking "Mentees" to participate in small peer-to-peer learning groups, each led by a different DASH Mentor. Mentees will receive up to $5,000 over 10 months to improve their local data sharing capacity. Submit an application by Dec. 23, 2019 for the opportunity to be mentored by nationally recognized experts and learn alongside other communities from across the country. 

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