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Off the Cuff March23, 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 188, March 23, 2020
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Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

THIS WEBINAR IS POSTPONED Million Hearts Updates: March 2020
Monday, March 23, 2020, 2-3:00 p.m. ET
Sponsor: CDC Million Hearts®
The CDC Million Hearts® team will share updates on recently released resources for states and partners, including:

Underlying Medical Conditions and People at Higher Risk for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 2 – 3:00 p.m.
Sponsor:  CDC
Due to the high demand we anticipate for this Clinical Outreach and Community Activity (COCA) Call, we kindly ask participants to access it in a group format, if possible. Click the "Call Information" tab below for links to access the call via COCA’s Facebook Live or Zoom. If you are unable to attend this COCA Call, the recording of this webinar will be posted at this Facebook location a few hours after the live event.
During this COCA call, presenters will focus on current information about people who are higher risk for COVID-19 complications because of their age or underlying medical conditions, particularly those that are not well-controlled.
To see the call live, please click on COCA’s Facebook Page. A few minutes before the webinar starts, please click the link to join the webinar: icon
Or join by iPhone one-tap: US: +16468769923,,963649423#  or +13126266799,,963649423#
Or join by Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782
Webinar ID: 963 649 423


Census Bureau’s New Differential Privacy Methodology & Potential Health Data Implications
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 2:00 -3:30 p.m. ET

Sponsor: CDC
Changes to Census 2020 Methodology: What Are They and How Will They Impact Your Work?
Starting in 2020, the Census Bureau will be implementing a new stringent disclosure avoidance measure called differential privacy. This procedure, which introduces noise into enumerated population counts, will have important implications for two of the most widely used scientific data sources in the world (decennial census and American Community Survey). Though state population counts will remain unaltered, all other geographic levels could be subjected to noise injection, which will impact many sectors, including public health. It is important for public health practitioners to understand the implications of this change and to develop a set of best practices. In this webinar, speakers will discuss the details of differential privacy, the underlying policy rationale, and provide examples of its potential public health implications.
  • Dave Van Riper (IPUMS): Differential Privacy and the 2020 Decennial Census: Implications for Health Scientists
  • Lance Waller (Emory): Differential Privacy, Synthetic Data, and Spatial Statistics:  Can They Fit Together?
  • Karyn Backus (CT Department of Health): Impact of Differential Privacy on Public Health Indicators
Join Zoom Meeting or call 1-877 853 5247 or 1-888 788 0099, Meeting ID: 896 929 872 

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD and National Partners

From the CVH Team at NACDD
2020 CSTE Conference Travel and Registration Scholarships

Note: We recognize that many agencies have implemented travel restrictions due to COVID-19. As of March 23, CSTE has not postponed nor cancelled the conference. We encourage interested parties to submit their application even if they are under a current travel restriction and/or unsure of their future ability to travel. If the conference is postponed, applications will still be valid for the revised dates.
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is offering an opportunity for state and local health department staff to apply for travel and registration scholarships to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists Annual Conference June 28th-July 2nd in Seattle, Washington. This travel scholarship is part of the GIS Capacity Building Project, a collaborative project involving NACDD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at Rice University.
All state and local health department staff who use GIS for chronic disease prevention are eligible to apply. This scholarship is intended for GIS users with a range of experience. Scholarship recipients will be required to 1) represent the GIS Network at the NACDD GIS exhibit table for two thirty-minute shifts during the conference, and 2) share their GIS-related experiences, ideas, resources, and/or knowledge learned within their health departments, with partners, and/or with the Chronic Disease GIS Network.
Submit a scholarship application here. If you have questions regarding this opportunity or the application, please contact Hannah Herold at


From CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Science-in-Brief: Using Collaborative Care to Reduce Maternal Morbidity Related to High Blood Pressure
This is a synopsis of “Collaboration Between Maternal and Child Health and Chronic Disease Epidemiologists to Identify Strategies to Reduce Hypertension-Related Severe Maternal Morbidity,” published in December 2019 in Preventing Chronic Disease.
Science-in-Brief (SIB): Turning Science into Action synthesizes research findings from peer-reviewed journal articles into concise and user-friendly summaries. Each brief contains a short synopsis of the journal article and highlights how findings might be applied to the work in cardiovascular health promotion. For the full archive of Science-in-Brief publications to date, visit the CDC webpage. For questions or comments concerning this announcement or the summaries, contact

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