Off the Cuff October 29, 2018


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 120
October 29, 2018


News and Resources from CDC, NACDD and National Partners

From CDC and NACDD CVH Team
Funding Opportunity to Participate in Pilot EHR-Based Chronic Disease Surveillance System

CDC and NACDD are seeking two states that will be funded up to $165,000 each to participate in a pilot EHR-based chronic disease surveillance system called MENDS: Multi-site EHR-based National Disease Surveillance. This surveillance system addresses privacy concerns with using EHR-based data by employing a gatekeeper model in which raw data is stored behind the data owner’s firewall and only aggregate information is released to Health Department users. Clinical sites and State Health Department staff will be trained on how to use the information for public health and quality improvement purposes.

The pilot will begin in January 2019 and requires the commitment of state-based evaluation, epidemiology and chronic disease program staff as well as clinical partners. State-based staff will participate in developing queries and analyzing EHR data to assist in program planning and evaluation. The clinical sites also will be able to use the data for population health management and quality improvement activities. Some travel is required.

NACDD will coordinate the development and implementation of the MENDS pilot with five organizations that have experience working with clinical health data: the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Commonwealth Informatics, Harvard Medical School – Department of Population Medicine, the Public Health Informatics Institute, and the Council on State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

The desired qualities are attached. While these qualities are important, they are not all required. There will be no application process, but instead, selected interested states will be interviewed by CDC, NACDD, and the organizations listed above. If your state is interested and meets many of the preferred criteria, please email Kathy Foell by Wednesday, Nov. 7. The selection panel will contact you to set up a time to interview your team. Learn about this project here.  

As this pilot has multiple surveillance implications beyond chronic disease, such as infectious disease surveillance, please consider forwarding this information to your state health commissioner, informatics, biostatistics, and surveillance groups. We welcome knowing the interest of potential candidates who can be ready to begin the implementation process early in 2019.  

From CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Recordings from the 1815 and 1817 Evaluation Calls
The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at CDC hosted kickoff evaluation calls for both the 1815 and 1817 grantees. Included here are the links to the recordings: 1815 is here; 1817 is here.  

From CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Reminder: Seeking nominations for rapid evaluation of lifestyle interventions focused on cardiovascular disease management
The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is in the process of identifying and evaluating three evidence-based lifestyle interventions for controlling high blood pressure and preventing cardiovascular disease. We’re interested in identifying programs in the field that show promise, but have not yet undergone a comprehensive evaluation focusing on lifestyle changes.  To expand our search for these programs we could use your help! 

We recognize that the programs you partner with may be working in this area and would benefit from undergoing an evaluation conducted by CDC. Please consider distributing the flyer widely to contacts and programs in your network and also nominating innovative programs. The deadline for nominations is November 9th and should be sent to Ashlea Zimmerman.

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