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Off the Cuff February 4, 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 132, February 4, 2019
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Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

Enhancing Stroke Systems of Care Through Evidence-Informed State Policy Interventions

Tuesday, Feb.12, 2019, 2:30 - 2:50 p.m. ET
Sponsor: CDC Applied Research and Translation Team in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Join the 20-minute coffee break delving into the findings from two policy evidence assessment reports that examined evidence for policy interventions to improve pre-hospital, hospital, and post-hospital stroke care. No need to register, simply join this event via Adobe Connect and call, 1-855-644-0229, Conference ID: 8247938#
Stroke systems of care improve patient care and support throughout their health care journey—from the first symptoms of stroke, Emergency Medical Services transport, and hospital care, to follow-up with outpatient providers. This presentation will describe the findings from two policy evidence assessment reports that examined the evidence base for 16 policy interventions to improve pre-hospital, hospital, and post-hospital stroke care. The presenter will walk through how the reports prioritize stroke policy interventions by evidence level (best, promising quality, promising impact, or emerging) in a user-friendly online format with downloadable resources. Future considerations for improving stroke policy intervention implementation and evidence will also be discussed. These findings are designed to help state decision makers and public health organizations determine which policy interventions may be useful in their state’s efforts to improve stroke systems of care, and ultimately, patient care.

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD and National Partners

From CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Science-in-Brief: State Regulation of Community Paramedicine Programs: A National Analysis  

This Science-in-Brief (SIB) is a synopsis of “State Regulation of Community Paramedicine Programs: A National Analysis,” published in 2018 in Prehospital Emergency Care. SIB: Turning Science into Action synthesizes research findings from peer-reviewed journal articles into concise and user-friendly summaries. Each brief contains a short synopsis of the journal article and highlights how findings might be applied to the work in cardiovascular health promotion.
Brief publications to date can be found on the CDC webpage. For questions or comments concerning this announcement or the summaries, please contact


From CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Celebrating American Heart Month
This February, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) is celebrating American Heart Month by promoting messages, resources, and expertise that can help people have healthy cholesterol levels and prevent cardiovascular disease—the number one killer of Americans.
Cholesterol can be a confusing topic. It’s easy to get mixed up about what the numbers mean and how diet, activity, and medicines affect them. What’s more, nearly 1 in 3 Americans has high cholesterol. But many people don’t know it, because high cholesterol usually has no symptoms. That’s why this year DHDSP is promoting the importance of having conversations about cholesterol.
DHDSP is encouraging all people to know their cholesterol numbers by getting a cholesterol screening, talking to family about any history of high cholesterol, and having a conversation with their health care team about making healthy lifestyle changes or taking medicines to lower cholesterol. You can help spread this important message and encourage all people to have healthy cholesterol levels by:
  • Exploring DHDSP’s Cholesterol Communications Kit, which is full of shareable messages and graphics to help your audiences understand what cholesterol is and why managing cholesterol is important for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Joining Dr. Betsy Thompson, Dr. Janet Wright and Dr. Laurence Sperling as they answer frequently asked questions about high cholesterol during a Facebook Live panel on Feb. 25 at 12:00 p.m., ET.
  • Reading the recently updated 2018 Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol from the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and others.
  • Visiting the new Million Hearts® page on Cholesterol Management for resources and tools to help health professionals manage patients’ cholesterol, including a plain-language explanation of statins: The Scoop on Statins: What Do You Need to Know?

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