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Off the Cuff February 17, 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 183, Feb.17, 2020
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Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

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 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
  • Christa-Marie Singleton, Senior Medical Advisor - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Chris Miles - Principal - Leavitt Partners
  • Lauren Remspecher, Senior Director Member Engagement and Communications - St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition
  • Glenn Studebaker, Diabetes and Heart Disease Program Coordinator - Missouri Department of Health and Human Services
Join us, as Christa-Marie Singleton from CDC, Chris Miles from Leavitt Partners, Lauren Remspecher from St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition, and Glenn Studebaker from Missouri Department of Health and Human Services share their perspectives on developing partnerships between State Health Departments and employers to advance the public’s health. Developing partnerships between public health and the private sector is critical to enhancing not just the well-being of employees, but 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 with these groups. State Health Departments will also learn about 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.
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

From NACDD CVH Team, CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Million Hearts Partners 
Million Hearts® Hospitals & Health Systems Recognition Program
NACDD has been working collaboratively with CDC in the development of this program.  Using recognition as a tool, chronic disease public health professionals will be better informed of the small set of high impact strategies that are needed to prevent heart attacks and strokes. We are very excited about this launch.

Help us spread the word by forwarding the following message to hospitals and health systems in your communities

Dear Colleague:
Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) kill more than 800,000 Americans each year, accounting for 1 in every 3 deaths. CVD is the nation’s number one killer among both men and women and the leading cause of health disparities across the population.

Fortunately, we know that improving outcomes for people with or at risk for CVD is achievable. Million Hearts® is pleased to announce the Million Hearts® Hospitals & Health Systems Recognition Program, a program that recognizes institutions working to systematically improve the cardiovascular health of the population and communities they serve through the priority areas of (1) keeping people healthy, (2) optimizing care, (3) improving outcomes for priority populations, and (4) innovating for health. 
Eligible applicants include health systems with multiple hospitals, hospitals with and without ambulatory medical practices, and medical practices not affiliated with hospitals.
The Million Hearts® Hospitals & Health Systems Recognition Program is now open. Applications received by April 30, 2020, will be among the first to be considered and to be eligible for this designation. Applications will be reviewed and considered on a quarterly basis. For more information about the program, or to apply, please visit Questions about the program should be directed to
Together, we can improve the cardiovascular health of the population, preventing heart attacks and strokes, through the use of cost-effective, proven strategies. 
Betsy L. Thompson, MD, MSPH, DrPH
RADM and Assistant Surgeon General, 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
Laurence Sperling, MD, FACC, FACP, FAHA, FASPC
Million Hearts® Executive Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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