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Off the Cuff January 6, 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 177, Jan.6, 2020
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Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

NACDD Fireside Chat "Elevating Public Health to Social Health – Establishing Multisectoral Partnerships to Impact the Root Causes of Chronic Disease"
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, 1-2:00 p.m. ET
Sponsor: NACDD

As defined by the World Health Organization, the social determinants of health (SDOH) are “the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power, and resources at global, national, and local levels.” This panel discussion will feature a cross-sector dialogue that examines this emerging area in public health through the theme of “Elevating Public Health to Social Health – Establishing Multisectoral Partnerships to Impact the Root Causes of Chronic Disease.”

The panel includes perspectives from Dr. Karen Hacker, Director of CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, former Secretary of HHS Michael Leavitt, Vice President of Healthier Communities at Spectrum Health Dr. Ken Fawcett, NACDD Board President Monica Morales, and President of Leavitt Partners Solutions Susan Winckler (moderator). Join us for this Members-only webinar featuring some of the leading-edge thinkers in public health, healthcare, and health policy.
Register now! 


Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative Monthly Call
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, 2-3:00 p.m. ET (Note rescheduled date)

Sponsor: NACDD CVH Team

The Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative (ECC) is a peer-led group of epidemiologists and evaluators who meet monthly to support each other in navigating 1815 and 1817 epidemiology, surveillance, evaluation, and performance measures. Participants have the opportunity to share resources, discuss what they are working on, ask questions, and provide feedback to CDC. The Zoom link for this meeting is The call-in information is: 1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 9128, Meeting ID: 202 755 698. To receive email updates, please contact Hannah Herold,


Healthy Heart Ambassador (HHA) Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program (BPSM) for Community Organizations
Wednesdays, Jan. 29 and Feb 12, 2020, 2-3:00 p.m. ET

Sponsor: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Please join this CDC webinar to learn more about partnering 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.
During the calls CDC will:
  • Describe the program and its components
  • Discuss how recipients can support the program
  • Address questions related to the program
  • Share how the program material can be obtained
Please share any questions you have with your project officer in advance of the call. Stay tuned for call-in information.

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD, and National Partners

From CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and NACDD CVH Team
Local Health Departments Selected for 2020 GIS Training
Congratulations to the teams from Maryland’s Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s County Health Departments for their selection in the 2020 GIS Training for the Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke and Other Chronic Diseases in Local Health Departments program. These health departments compiled stellar teams of staff to receive training on GIS, and we look forward to seeing maps they develop. Thank you to all health departments who applied. We received many great applications and the selection process was difficult. We look forward to the opportunity to provide this training to additional health departments in the future.


From NACDD and Public Health Informatics Institute
EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community, December 2019 Call Summary

The Dec. 17, 2019 call was on analysis and visualization reporting tools, including a demonstration by Sara Schmidt and Greg Budney of the CHORDS (Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service) dashboard and maps. Additionally, Dr. Noelle Cocoros shared options for visualizing EHR data via RiskScape. The presentations included:
  • Using AVR tools to improve public health practice can support improving healthier communities and to translate analytics to visualization.
  • A live demonstrations of CHORDS and RiskScape.
  • An explanation of the CHORDS network and how they are using EHR data for public health surveillance and research.CHORDS is a distributed data network (12 health provider organizations) representing seven counties in the Denver region. The healthcare data remains in the environment of the provider. The network represents 3 million patient records - limited data set. Geocoded home addresses are analyzed down to the census tract level. 
View past call recordings and learn more about the community by visiting the MENDS homepage and clicking on the Learning Community tab.

The next meeting of the EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community is on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2020, from 3-4:00 p.m. ET and will cover establishing governance.  Register for the call series.

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