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Off the Cuff February 10, 2020
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 182, Feb.10, 2020
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Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

Journey Wisely: A Process for Identifying Emerging Topics and Pursuing Knowledge Translation
Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, 2:30-2:50  p.m. ET
Sponsor: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, the Applied Research and Translation Team
Join us for a 20-minute coffee break presentation on how best to balance work on new and emerging issues while continuing to address ongoing priorities in public health sufficiently.
The Applied Research and Translation Team developed a process based on the Knowledge to Action Framework to provide a practical and structured method for efficiently thinking through the steps in knowledge translation. The process includes five phases – problem identification, vetting the issue and obtaining buy-in, decision to translate, translation of knowledge into products, and dissemination – all of which promote stakeholder engagement and formative evaluation. In this coffee break, we will present each phase in the translation journey, using community paramedicine as an applied example. Attendees will learn about a flexible approach for assessing emerging public health topics, considering supporting evidence, and deciding if and when to translate knowledge into products.
No need to register, join via Adobe Connect and call 855-644-0229, Conference ID: 8247938
Past presentations are available at the Coffee Breaks archive on the CDC Website.


Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative Monthly Call
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, 2-3:00 p.m. ET 

Sponsor: NACDD CVH Team

The Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative (EEC) is a peer-led group of epidemiologists and evaluators who meet monthly to support each other in navigating 1815 and 1817 epidemiology, surveillance, evaluation, and performance measures. Participants have the opportunity to share resources, discuss what they are working on, ask questions, and provide feedback to CDC. Join this meeting through Zoom by either calling: +16699009128,,477703835# or +16465588656,,477703835# or using this URL:, Meeting ID: 477 703 835. 

To receive agendas and email updates, please contact Hannah Herold,


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

Sponsor: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Please join this CDC webinar offering to learn more about how to partner 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. (This is a repeat of the Jan. 29, 2020 call.)
The call will:
  • Discuss the need for community programs
  • Describe the program and its components
  • Discuss how recipients can support the program
  • Address questions related to the program
  • Share how you can obtain the program material 
Call Information: 1-888-942-8510, Participant passcode: 9706422; Conference Link:
Please feel free to share any questions you have with your project officer in advance of the call. 


EHR-Based Surveillance Learning Community
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, 3-4:00 p.m. ET
Sponsors: Public Health Informatics Institute and NACDD
You asked and we listened! This month’s topic is the highly requested discussion of Using Case Definitions for EHR-based Surveillance. The call will include an introduction to electronic case definitions, using standards and indicators, and creating your own definitions. Speakers are Hilary Wall, CDC, and Dr. Joseph Gibson, Marion County Public Health, Indiana.
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.


Developing Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Employee and Population Health
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, 2-3:00 p.m. ET

Sponsor:  CDC and NACDD 6|18 Teams
Developing partnerships between public health and the private sector is critical to enhancing not just the well-being of employees, but of the community and population as a whole. This webinar will help state health departments understand the value of partnering with businesses, how to find them, and how to effectively communicate to these groups.
In addition, State Health Departments will be introduced to CDC’s 6|18 initiative, an effort to improve health and control healthcare costs by targeting six common health conditions and behaviors. Attendees will gain strategies and resources they can use and customize when connecting and collaborating with employers. This webinar will also highlight the work of the Missouri State Health Department, their partnership with the St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition, and their partnership work in 6|18 priority areas.
Register for the webinar and go the 6|18 website to learn more about
CDC’s 6|18 initiative.

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD, and National Partners

State Health Departments Selected to Participate in 2020 NACDD Pharmacy Learning Collaborative
NACDD congratulates staff from the health departments of Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, and Virginia for their selection as participants in the Advancing Pharmacy-Related Interventions to Control Hypertension and Manage Cholesterol Learning Collaborative. The intent for this unique learning opportunity is to support the priorities of 1817 by focusing on innovative team-based approaches to hypertension control and cholesterol management.
These approaches include medication therapy management, the appointment-based model, and other tools and resources to increase medication adherence. One cardiovascular disease prevention staff person from each health department is participating with up to two pharmacy partners to participate in expert-led virtual meetings and peer exchange. Participating pharmacy partners include those working in local colleges of pharmacy, state pharmacy associations, and quality improvement organizations.
The Learning Collaborative is designed to designed to accelerate team-based care by applying the Identify-Assess-Act Framework. This framework aims to identify and engage with payers, pharmacies, and/or the community to increase pharmacy-based interventions for hypertension control and cholesterol management. 
The teams participated in a kick-off call Feb. 4, 2020 and will continue work on the project through July 2020, with an in-person meeting in May 2020. The results and lessons learned from this project will be disseminated through a fireside chat in September 2020.


From Betsy L. Thompson, MD, MSPH, DrPH, Director, CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
February is American Heart Month

This February, CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is celebrating American Heart Month by encouraging people with hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, to commit to hypertension control.
Hypertension is far too common and increases the risk for heart disease and stroke—two leading causes of death for Americans. Many people with hypertension are committed to getting it under control by making the changes needed to live a long and healthy life. But results can take time. Join us in reminding those who struggle with hypertension that control is a reachable goal.  Whether someone is just starting to tackle hypertension or already taking steps to keep their blood pressure numbers in check, inspire them to stick with it—a healthier heart is a big payoff.
You can help spread this important message and encourage all people to reach and maintain healthy blood pressure levels by:
Twitter: @CDCHeart_Stroke
Twitter: @MillionHeartsUS
Facebook: Million Hearts
LinkedIn: Million Hearts
Thank you for all you do to improve the heart health of Americans.
Your partner in health,
Betsy L. Thompson, MD, MSPH, DrPH
RADM, U.S. Public Health Service
Director, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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