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Off the Cuff November 19, 2018
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 123, November 19, 2018
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From Tara Trujillo, Chair of the CVH Network Leadership Team

Thanks to everyone who submitted a nomination for the 2019 CVH Network Leadership Team. We received a record number of nominations for available positions and will reach out to nominees to confirm their interest. Elections will take place in December and will be announced through Off the Cuff

In partnership with the NACDD Diabetes Council, the CVH Network is recruiting Learners and Guides to participate in the 2019 Peg Adams Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program. Please see the announcement below and consider this opportunity. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD and National Partners

From CDC
2018 Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol: A Report of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines
The “2018 ACC/AHA/AACVPR/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/ADA/AGS/APhA/ASPC/NLA/PCNA Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol: A Report of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines” was recently released. This guideline provides a foundation for the delivery of cardiovascular care and offers recommendations for patients with or at-risk for high blood cholesterol.
Learn more about the updated blood cholesterol guidelines here. Additional information about high blood cholesterol, including resources for health professionals and consumers, can be found on CDC’s website. The Million Hearts website also features a new summary of high blood cholesterol prevention and treatment information and a resource for clinicians on discussing the risks and benefits of statins with patients. 


From NACDD and CDC
Reminder: Request for Applications for GIS Training for State Health Departments due Dec. 14

NACDD, in partnership with CDC and the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at Rice University, has released the Request for Applications (RFA) for the 2019 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) State Training for the Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Chronic Diseases. This GIS training is for staff working with State Health Department chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs. A Chronic Disease Director component, new for 2019, will assist State Health Department chronic disease prevention leaders to build and sustain GIS capacity and support staff development of GIS-related Chronic Disease Competencies.

RFA Question and Answer sessions will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 3:00 p.m. ET, and Thursday, Nov. 29 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Please check the NACDD GIS webpage for the RFA and listing of eligible state health departments. A Frequently Asked Questions document will be posted and updated regularly. For additional information, please contact MaryCatherine Jones


From Diabetes Council
Two opportunities with Dec. 7 deadlines: 1. Apply for Travel Scholarships; 2. Become a Guide for Peer Mentoring Opportunity
1. Apply for Travel Scholarships
If you are working on diabetes prevention or management strategies in 1815 or 1817, and would like to attend a conference for professional development, then the Diabetes Council invites you to apply for a travel scholarship. Click here for a list of possible conferences. To be considered for a Diabetes Council travel scholarship, the conference must be held between January 1, 2019 and July 31, 2019. If you received a Diabetes Council travel scholarship in 2017-2018, you may apply for a scholarship this year; however, preference will be given to individuals not previously selected.  
This scholarship is open to State Health Department staff working on diabetes prevention or management strategies in 1815 or 1817. Complete the application and send to April Reese by Dec. 7.
2. Guides Needed for Peer to Peer Mentoring Opportunity
The Diabetes Council and CVH Network talent scouts are seeking top professionals to serve as Guides for 2019. Guides are state staff who have worked on Diabetes and/or CVH strategies for at least two years and who are willing to share their knowledge with newer state staff. We need Guides that have a variety of Diabetes and CVH experience including program administration, policy, marketing, and especially epidemiology and evaluation.
The Peg Adams Peer-to-Peer Program has been matching new staff with more experienced staff for over a decade. Previous Guides have indicated that the experience is as helpful to them as it is to new staff. Guide/Learner teams will discuss outcomes and strategies related to the 1815 and 1817 grants. Each Guide will be paired with no more than three Learners. There will be a Guide orientation in early January 2019, a kickoff meeting in late January, and then each team will set their own meeting schedule and preferred method of contact. Many Guides have expressed that the time commitment is not overwhelming and can often be accomplished in about one hour per month.
In addition to the intrinsic benefits of helping out colleagues, Guides receive special consideration for the travel scholarships that are described above. Past Guides have indicated that this experience enriched their career and gave them lots of new ideas. 
If you are interested in being a Guide, complete the short survey at  NACDD 2018-2019 Peg Adams Peer-to-Peer Program Participation Form for Guides by Dec 7. If you are interested in being a Learner, stay tuned.  We will send out a request for Learners as soon as we have all of our Guides established. If you have questions, please contact April Reese.


From NACDD and CDC
Reminder: Request for Applications: Coverage and Reimbursement Analysis for Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring (SMBP)

NACDD, in coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, is seeking the services of a contractor with expertise in health insurance policy and public health law to conduct a coverage and reimbursement analysis of SMBP with clinical support services. 

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