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Off the Cuff September 9, 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 162, September 9, 2019
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Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time

Effectiveness and Economic Evidence of Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring Interventions

Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, 2:30-2:50 p.m. ET
Sponsor: CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
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
self-measured blood pressure monitoring programs.
Self-measured blood pressure monitoring is a practice that involves having patients use personal blood pressure measurement devices to monitor blood pressure over time, typically at home, and to share their readings with health care providers during clinic visits, via the telephone, or electronically. SMBP is often combined with lifestyle and medication counseling, self-management education, and team-based care to effectively diagnose and manage high blood pressure.
Join this event 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, Sept. 11, 2019, 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. 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

From NACDD, Public Health Informatics Institute and CDC
Opportunity to Join MENDS (Multi-state EHR-based Network for Disease Surveillance) Learning Community

The MENDS Learning Community will be co-led by NACDD and the Public Health Informatics Institute. It is a series of 60-minute, monthly calls and is intended for state and local public health departments and their potential data partners including clinical organizations and health information exchanges. The first call is Tuesday, October 22, from 3-4:00 p.m. ET.  The content and discussion of these calls will include both MENDS-specific topics as well as more foundational surveillance and data analytics topics.
The goals of the MENDS Learning Community are to:
  • Build public health capabilities to describe and advocate for the MENDS project and other EHR-based surveillance opportunities.
  • Discuss critical implementation issues such as articulating the rationale, developing a compelling value proposition, securing executive sponsorship, developing effective and inclusive governance, using effective project management and change management methods, and identifying enablers and common barriers.
  • Enable peer-to-peer learning through webinars and discussions.
  • Help NACDD to understand the challenges and opportunities for growth in EHR-based surveillance and project governance.
Who should participate?
The MENDS Learning Community is intended for program and epidemiology staff in your chronic disease unit, as well as department-level epidemiologists and informaticists. Health system data partners might benefit from participating on certain calls.
Format of the MENDS Learning Community
The MENDS Learning Community calls will last 60 minutes. The first portion of the calls will be educational and focused on related topics critical to an EHR-based surveillance program design and implementation; the second portion will be a facilitated discussion and open Q&A. A full schedule of topics will be available following the October call. The agenda, slides and recording of the session will be posted on the NACDD MENDS website following the calls. 
When are the calls and what is the time commitment?
After the October 22 call, the calls will be on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 3-4:00 p.m. ET.  Dates of the calls are: October 22, November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16 and July 15. We encourage you to identify a core team of chronic disease program, surveillance and informatics staff to regularly participate in the calls, and to ensure that at least one member of your team is on each call. The topics and agenda for each month’s call will be posted in Off the Cuff prior to each call.   
Sign up to join this MENDS Learning Community. Please share this link with others who might be interested.

From CDC Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Million Hearts® Tobacco Cessation Change Package
The Million Hearts® Tobacco Cessation Change Package (TCCP) is now available for download. As the third change package Million Hearts® suite, the TCCP is a quality improvement resource that offers a set of evidence-based changes aimed at improving the delivery of clinical interventions for the treatment of tobacco use and dependence. The tools and resources in the TCCP can be adapted and scaled to meet an organization’s needs, and are designed for use outpatient, inpatient, and behavioral health settings.

Tobacco use and dependence is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Although we have made progress in reducing tobacco use, 34 million U.S. adults currently smoke cigarettes and marked disparities exist across population groups. Nearly one out of every four cardiovascular disease deaths is due to cigarette smoking, highlighting the importance of smoking cessation in the prevention of these diseases. In addition to the human toll, tobacco use and dependence are also significant drivers of healthcare costs. 
The good news is that most people who smoke want to quit, and there are effective evidence-based treatments to help them. The challenge, however, lies in increasing people’s access to and use of these treatments. To that end, health systems play a critical role in providing effective treatment for people who want to quit smoking. The TCCP will assist healthcare teams in their efforts to prioritize treatment for tobacco use and dependence to improve the health and wellbeing of their patients.
Addressing tobacco use and dependence in health systems:
  • Is cost-effective across a variety of settings;
  • Helps meet quality measures;
  • Can reduce hospital readmission;
  • Can increase patient satisfaction with their care; and
  • Can save lives and help patients avoid preventable heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and other smoking-related diseases.
OSH has declared 2019 the Year of Cessation to bring attention to the critical importance of cessation in improving the health of our nation. Smoking cessation also remains a key goal of the Million Hearts® initiative. Be a part of this movement by supporting the implementation of the Million Hearts® TCCP in your health system or practice and by sharing it widely with your partners, stakeholders, and on social media. For shareable content, follow @MillionHeartsUS on Twitter.

From CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Release of two Science-in-Brief articles
Improving Care of STEMI in the United States 2008 to 2012: A Report From the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Program
A synopsis of “Improving Care of STEMI in the United States 2008 to 2012: A Report From the American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Program,” published in the January 8, 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Pre-hospital Transport Times and Outcomes After Different Reperfusion Strategies for ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction
A synopsis of “Pre-hospital Transport Times and Outcomes After Different Reperfusion Strategies for ST-Segment-Elevation Myocardial Infarction,” published in the February 1, 2019 issue of the American Journal of Cardiology.
Science-in-Brief (SIB): Turning Science into Action synthesizes research findings from peer-reviewed journal articles into concise and user-friendly summaries. Each brief contains a short synopsis of the journal article and highlights how findings might be applied to the work in cardiovascular health promotion. See below for this month’s SIB from the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
For the full archive of Science-in-Brief publications to date, visit the CDC webpage. For questions or comments concerning this announcement or the summaries, please contact

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