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Off the Cuff May 28, 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 147, May 28, 2019
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From Your Colleagues

From Vermont Department of Health
Seeking a Public Health Analyst

The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) is currently looking to hire a Public Health Analyst II position that will be responsible for supporting the data/analytic needs of the health district offices and to work on department-wide data sharing initiatives. The individual will work closely with the health district directors and office of local health out of VDH’s central office in Burlington. Vermont is a great place to live and work! Click here for the job description and more information.

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD, and National Partners

From NACDD, CDC, and Rice University
Learn about the New Rate Stabilizing Tool (RST) 
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. The RST uses Bayesian modeling techniques to generate population health estimates and enables users to evaluate statistical uncertainty of the estimates. The RST is especially useful for estimating population health measures when the population or number of events is small. 
CDC, NACDD, and Rice University will offer two virtual trainings on the Rate Stabilizing Tool on the dates below. 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 18, 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET. Registration opens June 4 at 2 p.m. ET.
  • 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.  

Attending this Year's Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists Annual Conference?

NACDD is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of this year’s Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) Annual Conference, June 2-6, 2019 in Raleigh, NC. Please stop by our exhibit table to learn about NACDD’s support to states on GIS in chronic disease prevention and meet your peers at any of the following NACDD events. We would love to hear how GIS is making a difference in your work!
  • State Health Departments Are Using GIS to Support Community-Clinical Linkages for Improving Blood Pressure Medication Adherence Breakout Session on Tuesday, June 4, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Room 306A
  • Rate Stabilizing Tool: Delivering Small Area Estimates to Public Health Professionals, Tuesday, June 4, 4:00 – 4:17 p.m. in Room 301B
  • GIS Network Roundtable, Tuesday, June 4, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. in Room 203
  • 1815/1817 Epidemiology and Evaluation (EEC) Roundtable, Wednesday, June 5, 1 – 1:45 p.m. in Room 204
  • GIS Network Exhibit Table, all week in Ballroom A, Booth 8

From CDC
Dr. Karen Hacker Announced as Head of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Prior to her new role at CDC, Dr. Hacker was the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department in Pennsylvania. Before this, she served as Executive Director of the Institute for Community Health, a community research organization within the Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Hacker earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University, her MD from Northwestern University, and her MPH from Boston University. She has extensive experience working with diverse populations as a public health leader, healthcare administrator, primary care physician, and community-based participatory researcher.

Throughout her career, Dr. Hacker has worked with community partners to catalyze change in both practice and research environments. She previously served as interim Chief Public Health Officer for the City of Cambridge and as the Division Director for Child and Adolescent Health at the Boston Public Health Commission.

Dr. Hacker's research has been responsive to community needs, with interests focused on adolescent risk and resiliency, child mental health, and the social determinants of immigrant health. She has led efforts to incorporate behavioral health screening into pediatric primary care, working with communities on issues of substance abuse and overdose prevention and youth suicide. More recently, she has been involved in the evaluation of the transformation of safety net institutions into accountable care organizations.

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