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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 184, Feb.24, 2020
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Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

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 CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and Million Hearts Partners
2020 Million Hearts
® Hypertension Control Challenge 
Help spread the word by forwarding the following message to hospitals, health systems, and physicians in your communities

Dear Colleagues,
We are excited to announce that the 2020 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is now open!
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is common and dangerous but controllable. Yet only about 1 in 4 adults with hypertension have their condition under control. The Hypertension Control Challenge, a key part of the Million Hearts® 2022 initiative, identifies and spotlights health care professionals, practices, and systems that have achieved exemplary control rates in their patients with hypertension. Since 2012, Million Hearts® has recognized 118 Hypertension Control Champions, who together serve more than 15 million adults across 37 states.
We now challenge you, your teams, and your networks to join this stellar group of high performers by submitting your application for the 2020 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge. The Challenge is open to solo and group practices and health systems that achieve hypertension control rates of at least 80% for a 12-month period. Learn more about rules and eligibility requirements and submit applications at The Challenge will be open from February 21 through April 6, 2020.
Million Hearts® encourages you to prioritize hypertension control. Improving hypertension control can save lives and help your patients avoid preventable cardiovascular events, such as heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. Still working on improving your hypertension control rate? Read previous Champions’ success stories and find evidence-based tools that can further advance your hypertension control efforts. Visit to learn more about recent research regarding the Million Hearts® Control Champions.
If you have questions about the Challenge, email with “Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge” in the subject line. Please help us spread the word about this Challenge, and join your peers from across the nation in helping build a healthier America through hypertension control!
Yours in health,
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
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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