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Off the Cuff March 2, 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 185, March 2, 2020
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Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

Promoting Sodium Reduction Through Evidence-Informed State and Local Policy Interventions

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 2:30 – 2:50 p.m. ET
Sponsor: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, the Applied Research and Translation Team
Join us for a 20-minute coffee break presentation on how to determine which evidence-based policy interventions are effective in improving sodium reduction.
Reducing sodium consumption to less than 2,300 mg per day can lower blood pressure, especially among adults with hypertension. Hypertension is a contributing factor for heart disease and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States (US). This presentation will describe the findings from a policy evidence assessment that examined the evidence base for six policy interventions that aim to reduce sodium intake in the US. Future considerations for improving sodium reduction policy intervention implementation 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 sodium reduction efforts.
Join this event via Adobe Connect and call 855-644-0229, Conference ID: 8247938 at the time indicated above.
Past presentations are available at the Coffee Breaks archive on the CDC Website.


Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative Monthly Call
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 2-3:00 p.m. ET 

Sponsor: NACDD CVH Team

The Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative (EEC) 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. Join this meeting through Zoom by either calling: +16699009128,,477703835# or +16465588656,,477703835# or using this URL:, Meeting ID: 477 703 835. 

To receive agendas and email updates, please contact Hannah Herold,

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD and National Partners

From NACDD and Public Health Informatics Institute
Highlights of February EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community Call

The February EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community call was on Case Definitions for EHR-based Surveillance. Review the recording and the call materials here. (click on the tab for the Learning Community).

Summary of the February 18, 2020 call:
  • Electronic case definitions (aka electronic phenotypes) that have good sensitivity and specificity can be consistently used across organizations and geographies but the challenge is being able to identify cases based on available EHR data.
  • Looking for information to support assembling your own case definition? It’s time to think outside the box!
    • Traditional surveillance definitions & national surveys
    • Published literature & other’s phenotypes
    • Clinical quality measures
  • As you develop and validate your case definitions, make sure you have a clear understanding of the population represented in your EHR data.
    • EHR data overrepresent high utilizers and those with multiple visits and poorly represent the uninsured
    • Validating an electronic phenotype can be resource intensive and usually requires chart reviews 
  • Look for sources outside of your EHR data (surveys, census data, and data from HIEs) to help evaluate the performance (i.e., specificity and sensitivity) of your phenotype.
The next meeting of the EHR-based Surveillance Learning Community will be on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 3 -4:00 p.m. ET  and will cover Statistical tools for EHR-based Surveillance (i.e., Weighting and Modeling).  Register for the call series or view past call recordings and learn more about the community by visiting the MENDS homepage and clicking on the Learning Community Tab.

NOTE: The May 19, 2020  Learning Community Call has been cancelled.

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