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Off the Cuff January 27, 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 180, Jan.27, 2020 Correction edition
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Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

Healthy Heart Ambassador (HHA) Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program (BPSM) for Community Organizations
Wednesdays Jan. 29 or Feb 12, 2020, 2-3:00 p.m. ET  
Please note a correction for the sign in for the the Feb 12, 2020 Webinar

Sponsor: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Please join one of these CDC webinar offerings 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. The webinar is being offered twice, so please select the date that best fits your schedule.
Both calls 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 
Please sign in and use the appropriate dial-in information for the webinar you choose.
Jan. 29, 2020 HHA-BPSM Community Program Launch, 1-888-942-8510, passcode: 9706422
Feb. 12, 2020 HHA-BPSM Community Program Launch, 1-800-369-2043, passcode: 7058220
Please share any questions you have with your project officer in advance of the call.

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD, and National Partners

Federal Appropriations Update On Heart Disease and Stroke, Related Risk Factors and 
Public Health Data Surveillance/IT Systems Modernization
In December 2019, two comprehensive appropriations packages containing all 12 appropriations measures were filed in the U.S. House of Representatives to complete funding for the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) process. The Senate and House voted on and approved the appropriations packages. See the Chronic Disease Funding for FY 2020. 
The agreement provides $7,974,554,000 in total program funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention including $1,239,914,000 for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. See below for excerpts that impact heart disease and stroke prevention and related risk factors.
  • Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention: The agreement includes an increase to strengthen and expand evidence-based heart disease and stroke prevention activities focused on high-risk populations. CDC is encouraged to execute evidence based prevention programs in high burden areas.
  • Million Hearts 2022: CDC is encouraged to continue implementing evidence-based approaches to improve cardiovascular health in high-risk populations and increase access to care and rehabilitation among prior heart attack and stroke victims.
  • National Diabetes Prevention Program: CDC is encouraged to support organizations that are serving populations at or below the poverty level.
  • State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program: The agreement supports funding to implement evidence-based strategies at State and local levels to address risk factors for obesity and improve nutrition and physical activity.
  • Tobacco: The agreement provides an increase. It recognizes that the individual elements of comprehensive tobacco control programs are synergistic and when implemented together have the most significant effect, but also encourages flexibility within the context of CDC's National Tobacco Control Program to ensure State and local health departments can direct adequate resources to stem the tide of youth use of e-cigarettes. CDC is encouraged to identify strategies to promote youth cessation within existing resources used for State quitlines.
  • WISEWOMAN: The agreement provides an increase to fund additional grants to States to provide uninsured and under-insured, low-income women with lifesaving preventive services.
Public Health Data Surveillance/IT Systems Modernization.-The agreement includes funding ($50 million) for the initiative as outlined in House Report 116-62 to support data modernization efforts and the utilization of established standards. Within this initiative, CDC is encouraged to prioritize advancements in cancer registries. CDC is directed to provide a multi-year plan, including at least five years of budget projections, as well as the innovation strategy for surveys conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics to the Committees no later than 120 days after enactment of this Act.

State Teams Begin GIS Training

Teams from four State Health Departments recently completed the first component of their GIS Training for Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke and Other Chronic Diseases project. Staff from Connecticut, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and Utah State Health Departments traveled to Houston Texas to participate in a 2½ day GIS training at Rice University. State teams are now producing their first set of maps documenting the geographic patterns of heart disease and stroke in their communities. NACDD, CDC, and Rice University look forward to collaborating with these teams as they continue to enhance their ability to use GIS for surveillance and prevention of chronic disease.

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