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Off the Cuff December 17, 2018
Off the Cuff: CVH Clinical and Community Connections for State & Local Public Health Departments
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Facilitated by the Cardiovascular Health Network of NACDD
Issue 127, December 17, 2018
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From the CVH Network Leadership Team


Tara Trujillo, Chair

December 21 is the shortest day of 2018! That means every minute between now and then counts. So, make sure you take a couple of those minutes to review the slate of candidates and vote for your 2019 CVH Network Leadership Team Representatives. The deadline is this Friday, Dec. 21.

The Leadership Team was excited to receive more nominations this year than we've received as long as I've participated. Many thanks to everyone who nominated a colleague or themselves to lead this great group of professionals in the new year. Remember, all state staff working on 1815/1817 Category B strategies are eligible to vote. View  information on the CVH Network Leadership Network.  

Webinars and Calls Worth Your Time

From Demonstration to Coverage: Highlights from the Medicaid Coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) Demonstration Project (2016 – 2019)
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 2:30-4 p.m. ET
Sponsors: NACDD Diabetes Team and CDC
Register here
The Medicaid Coverage for the National DPP Demonstration Project was a multi-year venture, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), managed by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and implemented in Maryland and Oregon. The purpose of the project was to demonstrate how state Medicaid agencies, in collaboration with State Health Departments, could implement delivery models for the National DPP lifestyle change program to Medicaid beneficiaries at high risk for type 2 diabetes through managed care organizations (MCOs). The Medicaid Demonstration Project’s ultimate goal was to achieve sustainable coverage of the National DPP lifestyle change program for Medicaid beneficiaries under current Medicaid authorities. 
Please join Maryland and Oregon, CDC, NACDD, and Leavitt Partners to examine key learnings and results from this landmark project and consider how your state can advance Medicaid coverage for the National DPP lifestyle change program.

Learning Objectives:
By participating in this webinar, chronic disease directors, directors of health promotion, and chronic disease program practitioners will be able to: 
  1. Identify evaluation results and key lessons learned from the Medicaid Coverage for the National DPP Demonstration Project. 
  2. Identify the elements of operationalizing this benefit that will need further exploration on a state-by-state basis such as Medicaid enrolled provider status, network adequacy, and budget considerations. 
  3. Describe ways that Medicaid and public health can work together to promote and operationalize coverage for the National DPP lifestyle change program.

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD and National Partners

From Diabetes Council and CVH Network 
Recruiting Learners for Peer-to-Peer Program
The CVH Network and Diabetes Council are recruiting learners to participate in the next cohort of the Peer-to-Peer Program, which will begin January 2019. We have very limited space for learners this year, so we will take the first registrants in each of the categories below until we reach capacity. Once we reach capacity in each focus area, we will begin a waiting list for next year. Learners will be placed in small groups and paired with experienced volunteer Guides from State Health Departments. 

Focus Area # of spaces for Learners
Epidemiology/Evaluation 16 spaces
Cardiovascular Health 12 spaces
Diabetes 25 spaces

If you are new state staff, working on diabetes and CVH 1815/1817 strategies with 2 years or less experience working in their position and are interested, please fill out the NACDD 2018-2019 Peg Adams Peer-to-Peer Program Participation Form for Learners no later than Dec. 28, 2018.
The Peg Adams Peer-to-Peer Program complements orientation and technical assistance provided by the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation, the CDC Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and the new state staff’s employing agency; and is designed to help new state staff achieve the following:
  • Navigate the nuances of the state program/CDC relationship
  • Link with Diabetes and CVH Councils
  • Reduce feelings of isolation. 
 If you have questions, please contact April Reese

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