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Off the Cuff February 18, 2019
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 134, February 18, 2019
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Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

DP18-1817 Category B Recipient Webinar: Evaluation and Performance Measurement Plan Guidance and Performance Measure Definitions Overview
Tuesday, Feb.19, 2019, 3 – 4:00 p.m. ET
Sponsor: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention  
In this webinar the DHDSP Category B evaluators will discuss:
  • Brief overview of the Category B evaluation approach
  • Recipient evaluation and performance measure reporting requirements
  • Evaluation and performance
  • Evaluation and performance measure plan guidance
  • Performance measure definitions
  • Questions and answers
Join the webinar at the specified time and date, and call 1-888-790-1769, Conference ID: 6567615#.

CDC and NACDD Fireside Chat: Cholesterol and Cholesterol Management
Thursday, Feb.28, 2019, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Sponsors:  CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and NACDD CVH Team
CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and the NACDD CVH Team are hosting the next Fireside Chat focused on cholesterol and cholesterol management. Fireside Chats provide an interactive format for state health agencies to hear from content experts on a number of topics pertaining to cardiovascular health and the DP18-1815/DP18-1817 priority areas. This Fireside Chat will focus on:
  • Defining cholesterol
  • Epidemiology of cholesterol in the United States
  • 2018 Guidelines for Management of Blood Cholesterol 
  • Cholesterol clinical quality measures
  • Team-based care strategies for cholesterol management 
The panel discussion will be moderated by Fleetwood Loustalot, PhD, FNP, FAHA, CAPT, Epidemiologist, CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and will feature Adrienne Mims, MD, MPH, FAAFP, AGSF, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer at Alliant Health Solutions and Angela M. Thompson-Paul, PhD, MSPH, LCDR, Epidemiologist, CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. 
Register here for the Fireside Chat. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with call information for the webinar.  

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD and National Partners

From CDC, NACDD, and Rice University
Virtual Training on Introductory ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online Course

Due to overwhelming demand, CDC, NACDD, and Rice University are offering a repeat of our introductory course to ArcGIS Pro. In this one-week intensive, web-based GIS training course, we will discuss how to manage a map project and symbolize data in ArcGIS Pro. We will also explore the ways ArcGIS Pro works with ArcGIS Online to assist map creation and sharing. 
Title:               Introduction to ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online
Dates:              March 5-11, 2019
Registration:    Opens Tuesday, Feb.19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., ET 
Class Size:        Limited to the first 25 registrants
View details and register here or go to the GIS website to learn about
all GIS opportunities.

From CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP)
February is Heart Month: Tools and News You Can Use

Tools You Can Use:
Recent DHDSP Publications of Note:  
From CDC Partners:

From Million Hearts® 
Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge
High blood pressure is common, dangerous, and controllable, yet only about half of the 78 million American adults with hypertension have the condition under control. Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, and even dementia—conditions that are often preventable when safe blood pressure levels are achieved and maintained.
The Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge, a key part of the Million Hearts® 2022 initiative, identifies and highlights clinicians and teams helping their patients achieve blood pressure control. Since 2012, Million Hearts® has recognized 101 Hypertension Control Champions in 35 states for their success in getting at least 80% of their hypertensive patients’ blood pressure under control. These experts have shared the keys to their success: a combination of priority-setting, team delivery of treatment protocols, staff incentives, out-of-office blood pressure monitoring, and more.
You and your teams are now challenged to join this stellar group of high performers by submitting your application for the 2019 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge, open to solo and group practices and health systems that achieve hypertension control rates of at least 80% for a 12-month period. Applications can be submitted here through April 1, 2019.
If you are not yet prioritizing hypertension control, please do so. You will save lives and help your patients avoid preventable heart and vascular events. If you are still working on your control rate, see champion success stories and resources for help. And please help spread the word about this Challenge and the importance of hypertension control:
Please check out the rules and eligibility requirements. If you have questions about the Challenge, please email
Reminder: Opportunity for Including Community e-Connect in Year 2

Community e-Connect is a bi-directional linkage between clinical electronic health records (EHRs) and community-based organizations (CBOs). Clinical providers electronically refer patients with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or hypertension to CBOs with programs that can help control these conditions. In turn, CBOs document a patient’s enrollment, their attendance and progress, and electronically send this information back to the clinical provider, where it goes directly into the patient’s EHR.

Six states are currently utilizing their Year 1 funding to implement Community e-Connect, and NACDD is offering the opportunity to additional states for Year 2.  Information is available hereCommunity e-Connect directly supports the following strategies and activities outlined in CDC-RFA-DP18-1815PPHF18:
  • A.6. Implement strategies to increase enrollment in CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs Diabetes Management and/or Type 2 Diabetes Prevention
  •  B.7. Implement systems to facilitate systematic referral of adults with hypertension and/or high blood cholesterol to community programs/resources   
Community e-Connect may also impact these strategies and activities in CDC-RFA-DP18-1815PPHF18:
  • A.3. Increase engagement of pharmacists in the provision of medication management or DSMES for people with diabetes
  • A.4. Assist healthcare organizations in implementing systems to identify people with prediabetes and refer them to CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs for type 2 diabetes prevention
  • B.5. Develop a statewide infrastructure to promote sustainability for CHWs to promote management of hypertension and high blood cholesterol
If you are interested in finding out more about year 2 participation, please contact Susan Svencer,   

From CDC
Health Systems Scorecard (HSSC)

CDC used a scorecard approach to develop a quality improvement assessment tool to help state and local public health programs identify what evidence-based strategies are being used in primary care health systems. The Health Systems Scorecard (HSSC) can be used to: 1) help establish relationships between public health departments and primary care practices, and 2) provide standards for assessment of evidence-based care management policies and practices. CDC encourages state and local health departments to share this assessment tool with their health system partners to assess the policies and protocols they are using to treat patients with certain chronic conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes.
For more information about the HSSC, please see the “Featured Resources” section. Here you will find links to an information packet with details on how to gain access to the HSSC, as well as review the questions that are contained in all the HSSC modules. Finally, you will also find a link to a one-hour recorded webinar sponsored by NACDD that provides a helpful overview of the HSSC.  
If you have any questions or need assistance accessing the HSSC, please contact


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