Cardiovascular Health Council Updates

Impact Brief – Feb. 2022

NACDD’s Cardiovascular Health (CVH) Council meets quarterly and is a virtual network of all CDC and state and local partners convened to support and improve implementation and evaluation of CDC DHDSP-funded programs. The CVH Council is open to health department program staff, epidemiologists, evaluators, and affiliated partners from across the country.

The CVH Council recently held elections for new members of the CVH Leadership Team. The results are:

  • Jim Peacock (MN), Chair, who will focus on communication activities,
  • Thelma Reis (AZ), Chair-Elect, who will focus on professional development opportunities, and
  • Janna Pastir (ND), Past Chair, who will focus on leadership opportunities.

The CVH Council Leadership Team works alongside the NACDD CVH Team to support training, identify learning opportunities, and facilitate meaningful connections among state and local health departments. The Leadership Team also provides the cardiovascular health perspective to other NACDD councils, CDC leadership, and national partners.

A recent CVH Council call was held in January 2022. During the meeting, CVH Council members learned about the Million Hearts® 2027 Priorities and the new initiative that launched on Feb. 22. Janet S. Wright, MD, FACC, Director of the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), also announced two division-wide core health equity goals related to decreasing hypertension rates in Black adults by the end of December 2024 and improving cardiovascular surveillance gaps (more to come on these goals). Other updates included summaries of the CVH Area Networks and the Evaluation Peer Network. Area Networks, led by appointed liaisons, facilitate sharing of promising ideas and state-developed resources among those working on 1815 and 1817 Category B strategies. The Evaluation Peer Network provides evaluators and epidemiologists working on 1815 and 1817 a community for exchanging tips and best practices.

The CVH Council meets quarterly on the fourth Wednesday. Area Network calls also are held quarterly and anyone working on DHDSP-funded programs can attend. The Evaluation Peer Network meets bi-monthly. To learn more about how to join these calls, please email

The CVH Council’s main channel for communication is Off the Cuff, a brief, mostly weekly newsletter that is sent on Monday mornings. In addition to information on the CVH Council, the newsletter provides brief highlights of upcoming webinars and calls, questions posted from peers, and news and resources from national partners related to heart disease and stroke.

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