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Off the Cuff November 2, 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 121, November 5, 2018
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From Tara Trujillo, Chair of the CVH Leadership Team

Join us on the Leadership Team!

The CVH Network Leadership Team represents YOU to NACDD, CDC, and other partners. We do this by setting priorities and recommending the best methods for these partners to provide support and innovative learning opportunities to health departments regarding health systems and hypertension control strategies.

Our Chair-Elect, Chair, four At-Large member positions, and liaison positions for the NACDD Government Affairs Forum, Learning and Professional Development Committee, Health Equity Council, and GIS are open for nomination. We would like to make sure we have a strong, committed, and diverse team. This is a great opportunity to recognize and provide a national leadership opportunity to staff working on HDSP-related strategies for the 1815 and 1817 grants. 
I have participated on the Leadership Team for three years, and in that time I have learned so much from colleagues in other states and from national partners working on hypertension control strategies. I have also been able to create valuable connections with NACDD and with CDC. Most positions require only one hour per month for meetings. I highly recommend that you nominate yourself or someone you know.
A detailed overview of the Leadership Team and positions are available here. To nominate someone, please provide their name, health department, and the position you are nominating them for in the nomination form by Friday, Nov. 16. MaryCatherine Jones will follow up with all nominees to affirm their interest in serving on the Leadership Team, answer questions about the group, and request a bio from each candidate. Please contact MaryCatherine or me, Tara Trujillo with any questions about the Leadership Team and available positions.

Happy November! 


Webinars and Calls Worth Your Time 

Beyond Behavior: Measuring Health Equity in Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 2:30-2:50 p.m. ET
Sponsor: CDC Applied Research and Evaluation Branch, Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Ashley Marshall, MPH and Jasmin Minaya-Junca, MPH will apply a health equity lens to evaluation using the CDC Evaluation Framework. As evaluators, you have an opportunity to understand and address health equity through evaluation design, measurement, and synthesis of evidence. Click here to join this event and call 855-644-0229, conference ID: 8247938.
Past presentations are available here.


Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative Monthly Call
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, 2-3:00 p.m. ET

Sponsor: NACDD CVH Team

The Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative (ECC) 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. Call 1-877-273 4202, room 793-903-441 at the time indicated above. If you're not receiving emails and agendas from MaryCatherine Jones about EEC meetings, join our listserve by emailing


News and Resources from CDC, NACDD and National Partners

From CDC and NACDD CVH Team
Reminder: Funding Opportunity to Participate in Pilot EHR-Based Chronic Disease Surveillance System
CDC and NACDD are seeking two states that will be funded up to $165,000 each to participate in a pilot EHR-based chronic disease surveillance system called MENDS: Multi-site EHR-based National Disease Surveillance. This surveillance system addresses privacy concerns with using EHR-based data by employing a gatekeeper model in which raw data is stored behind the data owner’s firewall and only aggregate information is released to Health Department users. Clinical sites and State Health Department staff will be trained on how to use the information for public health and quality improvement purposes.
The pilot will begin in January 2019 and requires the commitment of state-based evaluation, epidemiology and chronic disease program staff as well as clinical partners. State-based staff will participate in developing queries and analyzing EHR data to assist in program planning and evaluation. The clinical sites also will be able to use the data for population health management and quality improvement activities. Some travel is required.
NACDD will coordinate the development and implementation of the MENDS pilot with five organizations that have experience working with clinical health data: the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Commonwealth Informatics, Harvard Medical School - Department of Population Medicine, the Public Health Informatics Institute, and the Council on State and Territorial Epidemiologists.
The desired qualities are attached. While these qualities are important, they are not all required. There will be no application process, but instead, selected interested states will be interviewed by CDC, NACDD, and the organizations listed above. If your state is interested and meets many of the preferred criteria, please email Kathy Foell by Wednesday, Nov. 7. The selection panel will contact you to set up a time to interview your team. Learn about this project here.  
As this pilot has multiple surveillance implications beyond chronic disease, such as infectious disease surveillance, please consider forwarding this information to your state health commissioner, informatics, biostatistics, and surveillance groups. We welcome knowing the interest of potential candidates who can be ready to begin the implementation process early in 2019.


From CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Reminder: Seeking nominations for rapid evaluation of lifestyle interventions focused on cardiovascular disease management
The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is in the process of identifying and evaluating three evidence-based lifestyle interventions for controlling high blood pressure and preventing cardiovascular disease. We’re interested in identifying programs in the field that show promise, but have not yet undergone a comprehensive evaluation focusing on lifestyle changes.  We could use your help to expand our search for these programs! 
We recognize that the programs you partner with may be working in this area and would benefit from undergoing an evaluation conducted by CDC. Please consider distributing the flyer widely to contacts and programs in your network and also nominating innovative programs. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 9 and should be sent to Ashlea Zimmerman.


From NACDD and CDC
Upcoming Request for Applications for GIS Training for State Health Departments

The week of Nov. 12  NACDD, in partnership with CDC and the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at Rice University, will announce release of the Request for Applications for the 2019 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) State Training for the Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Chronic Diseases. This GIS Training will be for staff with little/no GIS experience working with chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs. Please check the NACDD GIS webpage for the listing of eligible state health departments.
Important Dates
  • RFA Question and Answer Sessions: Week of Nov. 26 (exact dates to be announced with RFA release)
  • Due date: Dec. 14
  • Notice of Award: Dec. 28 
  • GIS Training at Rice University: Feb. 6-8 and April 22-24, 2019
  • Virtual GIS Training: March 13-15, 2019
Complete information will be announced in Off the Cuff and on the NACDD GIS webpage on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. For information regarding this announcement, please contact MaryCatherine Jones

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