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Off the Cuff March 9, 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 186, March 9, 2020
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From the CVH Council

From Brittany Brown (UT), Tara Trujillo and Janna Pastir (ND) of the NACDD Cardiovascular Health Council 

We'd like to encourage all health department staff working on 1815/1817 category B strategies to participate in the Monday, March 23, 2020, 2-3:00 p.m. ET conversation with Judy Hannan and Haley Stolp of the CDC Million Hearts® team. CDC will share updates on recently released resources for states and partners.

See below for more information about the call and the registration link. We look forward to your questions and examples from your state. 

Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

Online GIS Training for State and Local Health Department Chronic Disease Staff: Introduction to ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online
Tuesday, March 10;, Thursday, March 12; and Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12-1:30 p.m. ET
Sponsors: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and NACDD CVH Team
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. You will explore the ways ArcGIS Pro works with ArcGIS Online to assist map creation and sharing. There will be 3 webinars, with tailored hands-on activities and assignments to complete. Participants will have access to GIS analysts and are expected to attend all three virtual sessions and complete the associated assignments. The calendar is as follows: 
  • Tuesday, March 10: Interactive Lecture
  • Thursday, March 12:Technical Question and Answer Session
  • Friday, March 13: Assignment Due
  • Tuesday, March 17: Group Discussion
Enrollment is limited to a maximum of 25 participants on a first come, first served basis. Register here

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,


EHR-Based Surveillance Learning Community
Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 3-4:00 p.m. ET
Sponsors: Public Health Informatics Institute and NACDD
Are you interested in learning more about statistical methods for analyzing EHR-based surveillance data? If so, join us for the March 2020 EHR-Based Surveillance Learning Community call. The call will include an introduction to weighting EHR-based estimates and why this is important for accurate interpretation of EHR data with presentations from Matthew Daley and Liza Reifler of Kaiser Permanente Colorado.
Register here for the call series if you haven’t already. All calls are on the third Tuesday of every month from 3-4:00 p.m. ET.


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:
Please join the Million Hearts® team to hear more about these programs and discuss how state health departments can help to promote these opportunities, and to share your successes in reaching out to promote the Million Hearts Hospitals and Health Systems recognition program.
Register now

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD and National Partners

From Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
New Funding Opportunity To Prevent Heart Disease, Stroke
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking applications in response to a new funding opportunity announcement to help primary care clinicians reduce patients’ risks of heart disease and stroke. The three-year, $18 million initiative is aimed at helping primary care practices in states with the highest rates of preventable cardiovascular disease events. Grantees will collaborate with state partners that have the resources, skills and commitment to support primary care practice improvement. The funding announcement follows the success of AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW, a grant program that has delivered the latest evidence on heart health to small- and medium-sized primary care practices.
Applicants for the new funding should submit letters of intent by April 10 and applications by May 22. Access an AHRQ Views blog post on the initiative. To receive all blog posts, submit your email address and select “AHRQ Views Blog.”

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