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Off the Cuff January 7, 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 128, January 7, 2019
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Webinars and Calls Worth Your Time

Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative Monthly Call
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, 2-3:00 p.m. ET
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. Log on to Adobe Connect and call 1-877-273 4202, room 793-903-441 at the time indicated above. If you're not receiving emails and agendas from MaryCatherine Jones about EEC meetings, join our listserv by emailing


From Demonstration to Coverage: Highlights from the Medicaid Coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) Demonstration Project (2016 – 2019)
Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, 2:30-4 p.m. ET
Sponsors: NACDD Diabetes Team and CDC
Register here
Please join Maryland and Oregon, CDC, NACDD, and Leavitt Partners to examine key learnings and results from this landmark project and consider how your state can advance Medicaid coverage for the National DPP lifestyle change program.

Learning Objectives:
By participating in this webinar, chronic disease directors, directors of health promotion, and chronic disease program practitioners will be able to: 
  1. Identify evaluation results and key lessons learned from the Medicaid Coverage for the National DPP Demonstration Project. 
  2. Identify the elements of operationalizing this benefit that will need further exploration on a state-by-state basis, such as Medicaid enrolled provider status, network adequacy, and budget considerations. 
  3. Describe ways that Medicaid and public health can work together to promote and operationalize coverage for the National DPP lifestyle change program.

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD, and National Partners

From CDC, NACDD and Rice University
Repeat of Introductory ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online Course
Due to overwhelming demand, CDC, NACDD, and Rice University are offering a repeat of the introductory course to ArcGIS Pro that was offered in Fall 2018. In this one-week intensive web-based GIS training course, we will discuss how to manage a map project and symbolize data in ArcGIS Pro. We will also explore the ways ArcGIS Pro works with ArcGIS Online to assist map creation and sharing. 
Title:                Introduction to ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online
Dates:              Jan. 22 – 29, 2019
Registration:    Opens Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 at 12:00pm ET 
Class Size:        Limited to the first 25 registrants
Register here.   

From Diabetes Council and CVH Network 
Recruiting Learners for Peer-to-Peer Program
The CVH Network and Diabetes Council are recruiting learners to participate in the next cohort of the Peer-to-Peer Program, which will begin January 2019. We have very limited space for learners this year, so we will take the first registrants in each of the categories below until we reach capacity. Once we reach capacity in each focus area, we will begin a waiting list for next year. Learners will be placed in small groups and paired with experienced volunteer Guides from State Health Departments. 
Focus Area # of spaces for Learners
Epidemiology/Evaluation 4 spaces
Cardiovascular Health 6 spaces
Diabetes 8 spaces

If you are new state staff, working on diabetes and CVH 1815/1817 strategies with 2 years or less experience working in their position and are interested, please fill out the NACDD 2018-2019 Peg Adams Peer-to-Peer Program Participation Form for Learners no later than Jan. 9, 2019.
The Peg Adams Peer-to-Peer Program complements orientation and technical assistance provided by the CDC Division of Diabetes Translation, the CDC Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and the new state staff’s employing agency; and is designed to help new state staff achieve the following:
  • Navigate the nuances of the state program/CDC relationship
  • Link with Diabetes and CVH Councils
  • Reduce feelings of isolation. 
 If you have questions, please contact April Reese

From NACDD CVH Team and CDC
States Selected for the 2019 State GIS Training for the Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke and Other Chronic Diseases

The following states have been selected to participate in GIS training for State Health Department staff working with chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs: Florida, Kansas, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Four staff members from each of these State Health Departments will participate in two in-person training sessions at Rice University in Houston, Texas and one virtual training. Funded by the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at CDC, and conducted collaboratively with NACDD and Rice University, the 2019 GIS training includes a new component which entails the involvement of Chronic Disease Directors in the selected states. Staff from CDC, NACDD, and Rice look forward to working with Chronic Disease Directors Shamarial Roberson (FL), Ryan Lester (KS), Tomas Aguilar (PA), and Nimisha Bhakta (TX) this year. 

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