Technical Assistance

Learning Communities

In coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, NACDD worked with seven state teams on a learning program to accelerate team-based care to manage high blood pressure entitled Accelerating Team-Based Care through the Use of Collaborative Practice Agreements and the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process to Manage High Blood Pressure. Teams from the program now serve as facilitators-in-training and host workshops and trainings within their states to spread successful strategies and share resources developed by CDC and pharmacy partners.

Fireside Chats

NACDD, in coordination with CDC, has developed an innovative format for live webcam presentations, called Fireside Chats, that allow for increased interaction between content experts and State Health Departments working on emerging issues in cardiovascular health. Unlike a webinar, where the bulk of the time is devoted to a speaker presentation based on prepared slides, Fireside Chats provide a more informal opportunity for a brief expert presentation and a specific state example, with the majority of the time being allocated to interaction among state, CDC, and NACDD representatives.

A photo of Fireside Chat panelists, Feb 2016
A photo of Fireside Chat panelists, Feb 2017

Virtual Roundtables

The CVH Team hosts virtual roundtables to provide states with an opportunity to discuss topics covered during Fireside Chats in a more informal format. Virtual roundtable sessions are not recorded, but summaries of the discussion can be found here.


The CVH Team also hosts webinars using the more familiar format devoting the bulk of the event to speaker presentations on a specific topic with a Q&A period at the end.


Self-Measured Blood Pressure (SMBP)

CDC and NACDD commissioned the Department of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health to develop A National Analysis of Self Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring report to support efforts to scale and spread the use of SMBP. Resources related to the analysis, a Comprehensive Synthesis and Topline Analysis, can be found here.

Issue Briefs

NACDD summarizes topics addressed during the fireside chats and virtual roundtables in Issue Briefs designed to capture key themes of the fireside chats and to provide examples of State Health Department activities related to the topics discussed. Issue Briefs currently available include:
  • Data-Driven Systems Change and Improvement in Hypertension Management
  • Addressing Health Disparities in Hypertension Control
  • Team-Based Approaches to Controlling Hypertension
  • Undiagnosed Hypertension

Success Stories

NACDD assists State Health Departments in promoting successful programs to improve the health of communities and to reduce the burden of chronic disease across the U.S. through development of success stories. To submit a success story to the What’s Working in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Database, contact healthsystems @