Webinars, Fireside Chats, and Virtual Roundtables

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• CVH Webinars use a familiar format devoting the bulk of the event to speaker presentations on a specific topic with a Q & A period at the end.
• CVH Fireside Chats are interactive shorter presentations on the experiences of content experts and state participants in a live streaming format allowing for greater interaction and dialogue. Webinars and fireside chats are recorded for future viewing (see below).
• CVH Virtual Roundtables are peer-to-peer learning opportunities that follow webinars and fireside chats at a later date to continue the discussion in a more informal way. Several sessions of each virtual roundtable are offered to allow for smaller groups and to accommodate busy schedules. Virtual roundtable sessions are not recorded.


508 Compliant Versions of Fireside Chats can be found HERE.

Adapting to the “New Normal”: Expanding Telehealth Services Through Public Health Collaboration with USC Virtual Pharmacist

Tuesday, June 23, 2020, 1 – 2:00 p.m. ET

This webinar highlighted the partnership between Los Angeles County and USC School of Pharmacy’s Virtual Pharmacist Care program. Dr. Tony Kuo from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and Dr. Steve Chen from the University of Southern California School (USC) of Pharmacy will be the guest presenters. The USC School of Pharmacy works with stakeholders to develop value-based pharmacy strategies aligned with their population health priorities. Partnerships improve the quality of care and reduce total health care costs. Stakeholders include outpatient health care providers, payers, community pharmacies, and other groups and coalitions supporting value-based care. Clinical pharmacists deliver Comprehensive Medication Management (CMM) remotely using a combination of video and/or telephonic visits. By increasing access to care, USC’s virtual pharmacist program allows patients to improve their health when it’s most convenient for them.

NACDD and CDC Fireside Chat on Under Pressure: Black Men and the Battle of Hypertension

July 25, 2019

Fireside Chat Recording (please register to view recording)

The national hypertension and CVD disease burden data for black men will be discussed.  The fact that this sub-population is disproportionately impacted by hypertension and CVD will also be discussed using data.  Finally, the lack of multi-level and sustainable targeted interventions and activities that are tailored for black men will be mentioned. 

The chat was moderated by Michael Sells MPH, Public Health Advisor, DHDSP and Keith C. Ferdinand MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA, FASH, the Gerald S. Berenson Endowed Chair in Preventive Cardiology at Tulane University School of Medicine, provided insight to the topic based on his clinical and community work. Bios can be found here


The discussion focused on: 

  • The major disproportionate impact of hypertension and cardiovascular disease among Black men.
  • The cultural aspects of addressing hypertension and cardiovascular disease in Black men.
  • Increasing knowledge regarding the Public Health and clinical interventions on hypertension among Black men.

NACDD and CDC Fireside Chat – Cholesterol and Cholesterol Management

February 28, 2019

Fireside Chat Recording (please register to view recording)

Note: This discussion was Part 1 of a two-part series that will be continued during the recipient meeting in March. The Part 2 session will offer states the chance to discuss strategies and measures in more detail. Be sure to attend the cholesterol session to learn more. 

CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and the NACDD CVH Team hosted a fireside chat focused on cholesterol and cholesterol management. Experts discussed the definition of cholesterol, epidemiology of cholesterol in the United States, 2018 Guidelines for Management of Blood Cholesterol, clinical quality measures, and team-based care strategies for cholesterol management.

The panel discussion was moderated by Fleetwood Loustalot, PhD, FNP, FAHA, CAPT, Epidemiologist, CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and featured Adrienne Mims, MD, MPH, FAAFP, AGSF, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer at Alliant Health Solutions and Angela M. Thompson-Paul, PhD, MSPH, LCDR, Epidemiologist, CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Speaker bios can be downloaded here

Resources shared and discussed on the call included:

Cholesterol Overview 

Cholesterol Quality Measures

Public Health Informatics Institute – Leveraging Clinical Data for Public Health Hypertension Surveillance 

July 10, 2018

Recording Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5928541800176710658 (must register to view the recording)


This presentation offers guidance to public health agencies seeking to implement chronic disease surveillance using electronic health record (EHR) data. Topics include factors that should be discussed with clinical health information technology (IT) stakeholders, and approaches for evaluating the reliability and validity of EHR-based surveillance indicators. While the discussion should aid planning for any chronic disease surveillance program, it utilizes specifics related to hypertension to illustrate important considerations.

NACDD and CDC Fireside Chat – Y-USA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program 

June 20, 2018

Fireside Chat Recording (please register to view recording)


NACDD, CDC and the Y-USA collaborated to present this fireside chat on the Y-USA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program. The Y-USA designed this program to help adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure. The program focuses on regulated home self-monitoring of one’s blood pressure using proper measuring techniques, individualized support and nutrition education for better blood pressure management. Click here for more information on the Y-USA program.


The panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Letitia Presley-Cantrell, Chief, Program Development and Services Branch, DHDSP with CDC.  Featured speakers were Heather Hodge, Senior Director for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Care Integration YMCA of the USA and Dr. Daphne Bascom, Senior Vice President and Medical Director for the Y-USA of Greater Kansas City.

Community e-Connect: How to Achieve Successful Bi-Directional Referrals for Diabetes, Hypertension, and High Cholesterol

April 25, 2018, 3:00-4:00pm ET

Speakers for this webinar included
Susan Svencer, MPH, Consultant, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors 
Tom Land, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School 

Community e-Connect is a bi-directional linkage between clinical electronic health records (EHRs) and community-based organizations (CBOs). Clinical providers electronically refer patients with diabetes, pre-diabetes, hypertension, or elevated cholesterol to evidence-based services offered by CBOs. In turn, CBOs document patients’ enrollment, attendance, and program status, and send this information back to the clinical provider where it goes directly into the patient’s EHR. Using this system, health sites in Massachusetts were able to show a sustained decrease in systolic blood pressure of 3.0 mm Hg for patients who received services in community settings compared to a matched sample of patients whose blood pressure was “out of control.”  By the standards of the American Heart Association, these interventions were “highly cost effective.”


Community e-Connect directly supports the following strategies and activities outlined in CDC-RFA-DP18-1815PPHF18:

A.6. Implement strategies to increase enrollment in CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs such as Diabetes Management and/or Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

B.7 Implement systems to facilitate systematic referral of adults with hypertension and/or high blood cholesterol to community programs/resources    


Community e-Connect also impacts these strategies and activities in CDC-RFA-DP18-1815PPHF18:

A.3. Increase engagement of pharmacists in the provision of medication management or DSMES for people with diabetes

A.4. Assist health care healthcare organizations in implementing systems to identify people with prediabetes and refer them to CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs for type 2 diabetes prevention

B.5. Develop a statewide infrastructure to promote sustainability for CHWs to promote management of hypertension and high blood cholesterol


During this webinar, states learned the basic requirements to implement Community e-Connect and costs for receiving technical assistance from NACDD to implement this system. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the webinar, please email Susan Svencer: ssvencer@chronicdisease.org


Fireside Chat on the 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

 Click HERE to view the fireside chat!

NACDD and CDC hosted a fireside chat on the 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults. This fireside chat featured Brent Egan, Vice President, Research at the Care Coordination Institute and Fleetwood Loustalot, Lead, Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Service Team at CDC. The discussion focused on the 4 new categories for classifying blood pressure; changes to the prevalence of high blood pressure as a result of the new guidelines; treatment of high blood pressure with non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions; revisions in blood pressure goals; and the use of Self-Monitored Blood Pressure (SMBP) to manage patients with high blood pressure.

For more information about the guidelines, visit the American Heart Association. 

NACDD and CDC Fireside Chat Advancing Team-Based Care Through the Use of Collaborative Practice Agreements and Using the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process to Manage High Blood Pressure

September 27, 2017

Fireside Chat Recording


NACDD, in coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), hosted this fireside chat focused on a unique project designed to advance team-based care. The live panel discussion focused on 1) the use of the pharmacists’ patient care process and collaborative practice agreements, and 2) the experiences of states participating in a workshop-based project designed to implement new resources from CDC:

The panel discussion was moderated by Jeff Durthaler, Population Health Consultant Pharmacist for CDC, and featured Ben Berrett Manager, Pharmacy Primary Care Services at University of Utah Health and Hannah Herold, Chronic Disease Prevention Program Manager with the Wyoming Department of Health. The project faculty who have guided participants through this program were also available to share their perspective.

Speaker bios

State Progress Slides


More information on the Advancing Team-Based Care project is available at https://www.chronicdisease.org/page/PPCPandCPAProject


CDC Health Systems Scorecard Tool

July 17, 2017


NACDD hosted a webinar to promote the use of the Health Systems Scorecard (HSSC), a quality improvement tool to assess evidence-based chronic disease care management policies and practices. Presenters provided an orientation and demonstration of the electronic tool and its primary components, described how to set up an account, discussed approaches to inviting health systems to participate, and the benefits of implementing the Scorecard.  CDC encourages state and local health departments to share this assessment tool with their health system partners.  CDC’s hope is that health systems can use the HSSC to assess the policies and protocols they are using to treat patients with certain chronic conditions, and that this quality improvement tool will help stimulate clinical-public health partnerships at local and state levels. The HSSC Tool is available at https://www.cdc.gov/dhdsp/docs/Health-Systems-Scorecard.pdf.

Webinar recording (please register to view recording)


Fireside Chat on Addressing Health Systems Change in Hypertension Control
June 29, 2017


This fireside chat was moderated by Dr. Sallyann Coleman King, MD, MSC, CDC Medical Epidemiologist, and featured Anita Christie, RN, MHA, CPHQ, from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Diana Erani, MBA, of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (MLCHC).  Ms. Christie, who serves as the Director of the Office of Clinical Preventative Services, shared her experience designing Massachusetts’ 1422 approach using a detailed capacity assessment process as well as their ongoing quality improvement work with sites.  Ms. Erani, Health Center Controlled Network Director for MLCHC, provided an overview of the Data Reporting and Visualization System (DRVS) used to deliver feedback to 1422 clinical sites in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and shared her perspective on institutionalizing data-driven technical assistance. Attendees of the fireside chat also had an opportunity to attend a follow-up virtual roundtable to continue the discussion in a smaller, more informal way. These sessions are not recorded.

Audio recording

Slide presentation from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

QI Assessment Model Report

DRVS 1422 measures

Fireside Chat on Addressing Health Disparities in Hypertension Control
February 7, 2017


This fireside chat was moderated by Dr. Janet Wright, Executive Director of Million Hearts® and featured Dr. Brent Egan from the Medical University of South Carolina who serves as the Medical Director of the Care Coordination Institute as well as President of the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks. Dr. Egan shared his perspective on health disparities in hypertension control and lessons learned, especially around scaling his work with clinics over the last fifteen years. The South Carolina Department of Health and the Environment provided the state perspective on work related to disparities and hypertension through participation by Jacqlyn Atkins, former Director of the South Carolina Office of Health Equity and Tiffany Mack, Central Office Clinical Coordinator for 1422.


Fireside chat description and speaker bios

Video recording

Cultural competency presentation

Issue brief

Fireside Chat on Team-Based Approaches to Control Hypertension

June 28, 2016


This fireside chat was moderated Janet Wright, MD FACC, Executive Director, Million Hearts® and featured Dr. Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHC, the Chronic Disease Director from the Connecticut Department of Public Health and his health systems partner, Dr. Bruce Gould MD, FACP, Director of the Connecticut Area Health Education Center and Medical Director of the Connecticut Community Health Center Association Practice Transformation Network. The presentations focused on the evidence for team-based care (TBC) as an aid in clinical decision support to improve outcomes for patients with HTN and to control costs; examined the role of team members including pharmacist support for medication adherence and CHW support for SMBP and in engaging hard-to-reach populations; discussed strategies to impact clinical decision support and highlighted the role of public health in promoting and supporting TBC.

Fireside Chat description and speaker bios

Video recording

Issue brief

Health Payer 101 Webinar 4-Part Series

NACDD and the Program Development and Services Branch at CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention co-sponsored this four-part Health Payer 101 webinar series to address a need expressed by state health department staff working with health systems. The series, presented by