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Off the Cuff June 10, 2017
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 149, June 10, 2019
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Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

The Power of Data Visualization: Effective Reporting Strategies for Program Evaluators
Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 2:30 – 2:50 p.m. ET
Sponsor: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP)
This 20-minute coffee break will provide an introduction to how data visualization can aid in communicating data and reporting evaluation findings to key audiences and stakeholders. Learn about a few effective data visualization approaches and available tools, in addition to some data visualization evaluation examples from DHDSP. Click to join this webinar and call 855-644-0229, Conference ID 8247938.


Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative Monthly Call
Wednesday, June 12, 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

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD, and National Partners

From the Healthcare Information and Management System Society (HIMSS) Foundation
Scholarship Opportunity to participate in NHS Digital/US Health Data Analyst Exchange Program
The HIMSS Foundation in coordination with the HHS Office of the Chief Technology Officer, and the United Kingdom’s (UK) NHS Digital has created an exchange program. The HIMSS Foundation will select up to six health informaticists/data scientists/data strategists working at the state and local public health to travel to the UK. Each of the selected participants will receive a scholarship for travel to collaborate with NHS officials and lend analytical insight and identify novel approaches relating to health data science projects that could set the stage successful outcomes in addressing health imperatives and the determinants of health.
The aim of the exchange is a 10-day, multi-site visit, including two days for travel and time for orientation from August 27 to September 5, 2019. The visit will conclude with a presentation at the NHS Expo in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Click here to apply. Application deadline is June 17, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

From NACDD, CDC, and Rice University
Reminder: Final registration for Rate Stabilizing Tool training
The Rate Stabilizing Tool (RST) is an ArcGIS-based tool that enables users to input their own data to generate reliable, local-level, age-standardized measures of chronic disease or other population health outcomes. 
Participants will learn to use the tool with data, generate results, and interpret/map them. The training will provide all of the materials participants need to replicate or work along in real time. Registration is limited to 25 state and local health department professionals and is first-come, first-served. 
  • Tuesday, June 25, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET. Registration opens June 11 at 2 p.m. ET.
Please contact Joshua Tootoo, with any questions. Visit NACDD's GIS webpage for additional GIS opportunities.

From Million Hearts®  
2018 Hypertension Control Champions success stories

Using Practice Facilitation to Improve Care Delivery: In 2015, the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene launched HealthyHearts NYC, an initiative aimed to provide support and expertise to about 300 small practices in NYC to help them improve patient blood pressure control and other outcomes. Thanks to several strategies, HealthyHearts NYC was able to help five NYC clinicians and practices become Hypertension Control Champions.
Achieving Hypertension Control in Rural Practices: High Plains Community Health Center and Pacific Family Medicine, two rural family practices in Colorado and Oregon, have been able to overcome challenges and improve blood pressure control rates for more than 80% of their patients. These two practices’ strategies—educating patients and leveraging technology—can be used anywhere.

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