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Off the Cuff February 3, 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 181, Feb.3, 2020
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From the CVH Council

From the CVH Council Executive Committee
CVH Council Strategic Planning

The CVH Council Executive Committee recently met in Denver, Colorado to advance the development of new mechanisms for peer exchange and engagement among staff working with 1815/1817 Category B strategies. The Council plans to develop several new positions that will give health department staff more opportunities to have meaningful conversations about their strengths, resources to share, challenges, and technical assistance needs. We look forward to sharing the developments as they occur. Find out more information about the CVH Council.

Pictured: Brittany Brown (Chair), Tara Trujillo (Past Chair), Janna Pastir (Chair-Elect) Not pictured: Paul Meddaugh (Peer-to-Peer Liaison)

Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

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. 

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD, and National Partners

From Million Hearts, American Heart Association and CDC
February is National Heart Month
February's Heart Month provides an opportunity to elevate messaging about strategies to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease for all. The key to Heart Month is to take advantage of the frequent messages distributed among many organizations, across a variety of channels with media attention at the national, state and local levels. 
We suggest sharing the CDC AHM Partner Toolkit and the AHA Messaging with your communications staff and your clinical partners. Review and edit the various sample messages to fit with your geographic region or organizational standards.


From NACDD and Public Health Informatics Institute
Highlights of January EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community Call

The January EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community call was on Health Information Technology Transformation: Implications for Public Health. The following is a summary of the call:
  • Understanding the landscape of Health Information Technology provides a significant opportunity for improved population health and improved data exchange with public health.
  • Some of the key aspects of the National Health IT Agenda include:
    • Establish nationwide standards and technology services for information exchange and interoperability
    • Stimulate the adoption of electronic health records through financial incentives
    • Promote the meaningful use and information exchange of EHR data to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare
  • Some of the key challenges to public health are the ongoing struggles with interoperability, data quality/accuracy, and privacy protections.
  • Health Information Exchanges can provide a critical partner for public health through clinical data repositories that are suitable for both routine and ad hoc queries, analysis, and visualizations and assistance with boosting provider and payer interest in population health indicators/improvement.
Listen to the recording and view materials (click on the tab for the Learning Community). Register for the call series on the third Tuesdays of each month at 3 - 4:00 p.m. ET. 
The next meeting of the EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community is Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 from 3 -4:00 p.m. ET.  The topic is Case Definitions.

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