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Hello Again,

Below is the latest edition of "News and Notes" from Kentucky's Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Task Force. If you have announcements or news you would like to include in the next edition, please email them to my contact information below with any specific instructions. As always, please feel free to forward this issue to your networks and colleagues. 


Comments and suggestions are always welcome. 



David Davis

Communications Coordinator

Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program

Kentucky Department for Public Health

Schedule of KHDSP Task Force Meetings
Date: December 4, 2019
Type: In-Person
Key Times:
  • 9:00 Registration Opens
  • 9:30 New Member Orientation
  • 9:30 Breakfast with the Vendors
  • 10:00 Meeting Starts
  • 4:00 Meeting Adjourns
Location: Lexington TBD
2020 Save-the-Date Coming Soon!

: late April or Early May
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EDT
Location: Lexington, location TBD
FALL 2020
: October 7
Type: In-Person
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EDT
Location: Louisville, location TBD
Upcoming Events / Save-the-Dates (listed chronologically):
Conferences, trainings, workshops, and webinars opportunities
  • Collaboration (Oct 11) – Kentucky Voices for Health Annual Meeting. Friday, October 11, 9 AM - 4:45 PM, Embassy Suites Lexington/UK Coldstream, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511. More Information: This meeting will bring together health advocates, healthcare providers, insurers and policymakers from across the Commonwealth to identify opportunities for collaboration to improve access to affordable healthcare, strengthen Kentucky's social safety-net, prepare for the 2020 General Assembly, and partner to ensure a complete count during the 2020 Census. Click here to register.
On Demand opportunities
  • Blood Pressure - On-Demand (July 25) Fireside Chat on Under Pressure: Black Men and the Battle of Hypertension. NACDD Fireside 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. 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.
CU/CME opportunities
  • Communication - CEUs available (Apr) Effective Communication for Healthcare Teams. CDC TRAIN Course # WB2967 This activity provides (2.1) contact hours. This interactive training course, aims to raise the quality of interactions between health care professionals and patients by providing an interactive guide to understanding health literacy, cultural competency and limited English proficiency. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
    • Identify at least three factors that influence a patient’s health literacy
    • Describe at least one example of how health literacy, cultural competence and limited English proficiency each affect health communication
    • Identify at least one tool or resource to assess a patient’s health literacy level and language assistance needs
    • Describe at least one method of communication that will improve understanding in patients with limited health literacy
    • Identify at least one factor that influences communication
  • Diabetes - CEUs available (July 25) - Heart Failure-Diabetes Link Greater in Women than Men. MedPage Today article by Zeena Nackerdien PhD.
  • Blood Pressure - CEUs available (July 25) Both Blood Pressure Numbers Impact Adverse Cardiovascular Outcomes. MedPage Today article by Zeena Nackerdien PhD.
  • Nutrition / Diet - CEUs available (July 18) CVD Risks May Be Reduced Even with Moderate Calorie Restriction. MedPage Today article by Zeena Nackerdien PhD.
  • Nutrition - CEUs available (July 18) Little Evidence for CVD, Mortality Benefits with Most Supplements, Diets. MedPage Today article by Zeena Nackerdien PhD.
Holidays and National Observances:
This month and next
Social Media:
Tips and Tricks for social media including sample messaging from and for Facebook & Twitter with a focus on sample hashtags and posts
Current News:
Breaking news, industry-related trends, interesting statistics, new studies, relevant surveys, press mentions, and local news.
Educational Articles:
Educational articles from around the web designed for the patient and nonprofessional.
Tools / Resources:
Tools and resources for both public and private entities including: phone apps, websites, and videos
  • Cardiac Rehab (May 13) Home-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Scientific Statement from the AACVPR, the American Heart Association, and the ACC for information on the core components, efficacy, strengths, limitations, evidence gaps, and research necessary to guide the delivery of home-based cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Cardiac Rehab (May) Cardiac Rehabilitation Summary for Payers. AACVPR document CRC members can use to inform their communication and engagement with payers. 
  • Health Leading Causes of Death 2017 (Jun 24) Deaths: Leading Causes for 2017. National Vital Statistics Reports Volume 68, Number 6, by Melonie Heron, Ph.D., Division of Vital Statistics.
  • Health Literacy (Oct 11) Attributes of a Health Literate Organization. White paper, “Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations” describes what healthcare organizations can do to lower barriers for people to get and use health information and services. Participants of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy wrote the paper to inspire healthcare organizations to address health literacy issues.
  • Patient Education (July) CardioSmart Patient Fact Sheets from the American College of Cardiology. Over 200 free, downloadable printouts that go over the main points of various heart condition and related health concerns. Topics include: Complications of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Exercise, Healthy Eating and Weight Management, Heart Disease, Heart Failure, Major Risk Factors, Your Health, and Your Tests.
  • Tobacco (July) Healthcare Workers Who Smoke: The Surprising Size Of The Problem, And What Health Systems Are Doing To Solve It. White paper from Employee Benefits News. Despite their medical backgrounds, healthcare workers smoke at slightly higher rates overall than the general population. Workers in some healthcare professions smoke at significantly higher rates. That comes with a range of complications, since smokers have higher healthcare costs for their employers and more absentee time. But smoking in the context of healthcare has unique workplace implications. Faced with these challenges, some medical organizations have instituted policies against hiring smokers. This blunt-force solution fails to address the deeper issues behind smoking, however, and may worsen already high turnover. That’s why other organizations have begun investing in next-generation smoking cessation tools to create happier, healthier environments for their employees and their patients. Download this white paper to learn: The state of smoking in healthcare settings; the consequences—good and bad—of targeting smokers via surcharges and hiring policies; Compliance trends in smoke-free campuses and workforces; how and when employee cessation support can improve outcomes.
Anything that didn't fit in one of the categories above
  • Cardiac Rehab (Jul 31) TAKEheart. A new cardiac rehabilitation PCOR project led by AHRQ will launch the hospital recruitment process this month. More details will be shared following the July 31 Twitter Chat.
  • Diabetes (July) – New ADA/CDC Prediabetes Risk Test. CDC recently updated its Prediabetes Screening Test to ensure that CDC and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) provide the same risk test. The new ADA/CDC prediabetes risk test ensures questions are easy to understand and users can access further information easily. The new ADA/CDC risk test also provides stronger calls to action, a results page that can be emailed and printed, an explanation of what results mean, and an opportunity to share the test with friends and family. A pdf version of the new risk test is also available. When the new ADA/CDC risk test became available, the former CDC Prediabetes Screening Test was removed from CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation website. Some organizations displayed a graphic on their website that linked to the former test. When the former test was removed, sites could no longer link to it. Now organizations can display a new graphic that enables users to link to the new ADA/CDC risk test from their own sites. Organizations can go here to access the graphic.  CDC-recognized organizations can use the new ADA/CDC prediabetes risk test or continue to use the former CDC Prediabetes Screening Test to enroll participants in the lifestyle change program per CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) 2018 Standards. Organizations are encouraged to use the new ADA/CDC prediabetes risk test as much as possible to enroll participants in the National Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle change program. When the DPRP Standards are next updated, the new ADA/CDC prediabetes risk test will replace the former CDC Prediabetes Screening Test.
  • Public Health (Jun 24) 2018 Public Health Law Conference. The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics just released its supplemental issue and links to the following articles:
    • Legal and Policy Responses to Vaccine-Preventable Disease Outbreaks
    • The Role of Advocacy in Public Health Law
    • Public Health Surveillance: Electronic Reporting as a Point of Reference
    • Learning from the Flint Water Crisis: Restoring and Improving Public Health Practice, Accountability, and Trust
    • Healthy Spaces: Legal Tools, Innovations, and Partnerships
    • Public Health Law Strategies for Suicide Prevention Using the Socioecological Model
    • Opioid-Related Legislation in Kentucky and West Virginia: Assessing Policy Impact
    • Broadband Access as a Public Health Issue: The Role of Law in Expanding Broadband Access and Connecting Underserved Communities for Better Health Outcomes
    • State Approaches to Addressing the Overdose Epidemic: Public Health Focus Needed
    • Health Equity, School Discipline Reform, and Restorative Justice
    • Public Health and the Four P's of Marketing: Alcohol as a Fundamental Example
    • Collaborating with Sovereign Tribal Nations to Legally Prepare for Public Health Emergencies
    • Public Health Law and Policy Implications: Justice Kavanaugh
    • Healthy People: The Role of Law and Policy in the Nation's Public Health Agenda
    • Becoming a Hybrid Entity: A Policy Option for Public Health
    • Responding to Public Health Emergencies at the Local Level: Administrative Preparedness Challenges, Strategies, and Resources
    • Civil Rights Law and the Determinants of Health: How Some States Have Utilized Civil Rights Laws to Increase Protections Against Discrimination
    • Building the Legal Capacity of the Public Health Workforce: Introducing the Public Health Law Academy
    • Cross Sector Data Sharing: Necessity, Challenge, and Hope
    • Increasing Price and Reducing Access to Tobacco in New York City
    • The Ethical and Public Health Implications of Family Separation
    • Emergency Declarations for Public Health Issues: Expanding Our Definition of Emergency
    • Food Waste: Addressing our 160 Billion Pound Public Health Challenge with Policy and Business Interventions
    • Striving for Health Equity through Medical, Public Health, and Legal Collaboration
    • Emerging Public Health Law and Policy Issues Concerning State Medical Cannabis Programs
    • A Public Health Approach to Gun Violence, Legally Speaking
    • Equity in Action: Operationalizing Processes in State Governance
How to Contribute
Want to contribute to the next issue? If you would like something from your organization included in the next issue you must submit ready-to-distribute content to David Davis,, no later than Close OF Business (COB) the last Tuesday of each month.

Contributions for the next issue will be due: August 27, 2019
KHDSP Task Force Strategic Map and Plan 2017-2019
Mission Statement
Improve cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health for all Kentuckians.

Overarching Strategies
  • Target health care systems and providers, worksites, schools, communities,
    and disparate populations.
  • Conduct process and outcome evaluation.
  • Cultivate and expand collaboration and partnerships to enhance community
    and clinical linkages.
  • Explore the possibility of data information exchange and quality improvement.
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