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Off the Cuff Oct 7, 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 166, Oct. 7, 2019
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From Your Colleagues

NACDD recently learned that Dr. Teri Scorcia-Wilson passed away on Sept. 22, 2019. She was the manager of the Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity Section at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for over 20 years.
She was a huge proponent for stroke systems of care in Michigan, employee engagement, professional development, and equity and inclusion, and made several other important contributions to improving the public’s health including her major role in establishing Michigan’s Smoke-Free Air Law. 

Donations in Teri's name can be made to an organization that supports research and families with LFS, Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Association:


From the CVH Council Chair, Brittany Brown, Utah
The NACDD CVH Council wishes to thank Desiree Jonas, who is leaving her position as Heart Disease and Stroke Program Administrator with the Florida Department of Health. Desiree has been representing 1815/1817 state staff working on Category B strategies as an At Large representative to the CVH Council since 2017. She will be joining the Georgia Department of Public Health working with their child health and wellness programs, mainly focusing on their Georgia Shape program. We are sure they will enjoy working with her. Congratulations, Desiree! 

Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

Doing Our Part to Preserve Brain Health: An Urgent Call to Action, Introducing A Checklist for Stroke Prevention
Oct. 8, 2019, 1-2:00 p.m. ET
Sponsor: The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

The purpose of this webinar is to provide a platform for healthcare professionals to know what can be done to preserve brain health by preventing a stroke and seek their sharing of this information in October 2019 and throughout the year. World Stroke Day (October 29) raises awareness of the serious nature and high prevalence of stroke and how to prevent it. The National Forum’s Virtual Convening shares stories and the latest facts members can use in their own World Stroke Day messaging. A Stroke Prevention Checklist will be presented.
The intended audiences are healthcare professionals, State & Local Health Departments, National Organizations, Primary Care Physicians, Million Hearts® Partners, National Forum members & stakeholders, Stroke Centers.
John Clymer, Executive Director, National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention 
Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, Vice President for Health Promotion, Chief Wellness Officer, Dean of Nursing, The Ohio State University
Mark McEwen, Journalist, Health Advocate, Stroke Survivor
Stephanie Mohl, Vice-President, American Stroke Assoc., A division of the American Heart Association
Betsy L. Thompson, MD, MSPH, DrPH, RADM, US Public Health Service Director, Div. for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention 
Clinton Wright, MD, MS, FAAN, FAHA, Associate Director, Division Director of Clinical Research, National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke 

Register here to attend this webinar.

Effectiveness and Economic Evidence of Self-Measured Blood Pressure (SMBP) Monitoring Interventions
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, 2:30 – 2:50 p.m. ET
Sponsor: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Join this 20-minute informative coffee break presentation on Community Preventive Services Task Force findings and methodology used to collect information on the costs of implementing SMBP programs. This presentation will describe the results of two systematic reviews previously conducted by the Community Preventive Services Task Force and the methods used to collect information on the costs of implementing SMBP programs. No need to register. Join and call 855-644-0229, Conference ID: 8247938
Slides from past presentations are available on the DHDSP website.


Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative Monthly Call
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, 2-3:00 p.m. ET (Note rescheduled date)

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. Please register for EEC meetings. After you receive the confirmation, please add the meeting information to your calendar. To receive agendas and email updates, please contact MaryCatherine Jones,

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD, and National Partners

Check out the redesigned NACDD CVH website
We are excited to share our new CVH website. The site has been reorganized to make it easier for you to find information, learn from your peers, share your successes, and meet the CVH Team. Check it out and send us an email at with your feedback. 


From NACDD and CDC 
NEW Request for Applications for GIS Training for Local Health Departments 

NACDD, in partnership with CDC and  the  Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at Rice University, is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Applications for the 2019-20 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Training for Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke, and Other Chronic Diseases in Local Health Departments. This GIS training is for staff working with Local Health Department chronic disease prevention and health promotion programs.  
Important Dates 
  • RFA Question and Answer Session: Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Application Due Date: Nov. 18, 2019 
  • Notice of Award: Dec. 12, 2019  
The RFA, Q&A session registration information, dates for required meetings and trainings, and a Frequently Asked Questions document are posted on the NACDD GIS webpage.  

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

NACDD, in partnership with CDC and the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at Rice University, is pleased to release the Request for Applications for the 2019-2020 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. Application due date is Oct. 28, 2019. A list of eligible State Health Departments, dates for required meetings and trainings, and a Frequently Asked Questions document are posted on the NACDD GIS webpage.

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