Off the Cuff January 22, 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 130, January 22, 2019
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News and Resources from CDC, NACDD, and National Partners

From CDC and NACDD
MENDS Pilot Sites Selected

In 2018, CDC funded NACDD to pilot a surveillance project in two states that has been used successfully in Massachusetts. The Multi-state EHR-based Network for Disease Surveillance (MENDS) pilot seeks to test an automated chronic disease surveillance system using data routinely stored in health records to provide clinically detailed, efficient, and timely information from large, diverse populations with minimal added work and cost for health departments or clinicians. MENDS will use electronic health record (EHR) data collected in clinical settings in two State Health Departments in the first year.

Recently, the Maryland Department of Health and the Washington State Department of Health were selected from 18 states that expressed interest. NACDD will continue working with all interested State Health Departments to prepare them to participate in MENDS as funds become available. To receive information about MENDS including newsletters, notification of webinars and publications contact, Kathy Foell at

From Million Hearts® and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Attention 1817 grantees that selected cardiac rehab strategy:  Opportunity for partnering in the implementation of the Million Hearts® Cardiac Rehab Change Package

The Million Hearts®  initiative, in collaboration with the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR), have begun state affiliate meetings and will be talking with AACVPR members about the Million Hearts efforts related to cardiac rehab (CR).

As part of this work, CDC has identified 1817 grantees as partners in the implementation of a new Cardiac Rehab Change Package. The change package is a compilation of process improvements that cardiac rehabilitation champions can implement as they seek optimal cardiac rehabilitation utilization. These best practices, gathered from over 22 institutions across 18 states, are organized into the following four broad focus areas:

  • Systems change
  • Referrals
  • Enrollment and participation
  • Adherence

These efforts support a national goal set with cardiac rehab professionals to achieve 70% participation in CR for eligible patients. Critical steps needed to improve the referral, enrollment, and participation rates in CR programs include:

  • Improve awareness about the value of CR
  • Increase referral of eligible patients
  • Reduce system and patient barriers to participation

Visit AACVPR state affiliates to find information about their upcoming meetings.   

From CDC’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Website for Coffee Break Webinar Series

Thank you for your continued interest and participation in the DHDSP Coffee Break webinar series. The Branch is currently putting together a schedule of relevant and timely webinars on evaluation and research translation topics for 2019! In the meantime, slides and scripts from the 2018 Coffee Break webinars are available.  

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