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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

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Schedule of KHDSP Task Force Meetings
The May 2020 in-person meeting has been canceled!

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak the KHDSP Task Force Steering Committee has decided to cancel the in-person meeting scheduled for May 12 at the Griffin Gate in Lexington. This meeting will not be rescheduled! 

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Type: In-Person
New Time: 9:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EDT
9:00 Registration Opens / Coffee with the Vendors
9:30 Meeting Starts
Location: Louisville, location TBD
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(MAR) – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) training. Created by the World Health organization (WHO).
  • COVID-19: Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response
  • Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Introduction to emerging respiratory viruses, including novel coronavirus
  • Critical Care Severe Acute Respiratory Infection course
  • Health and safety briefing for respiratory diseases – ePROTECT
  • Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response
Upcoming Events / Save-the-Dates (listed chronologically):
Conferences, trainings, workshops, and webinars opportunities
  • Get with the Guidelines (APR 21) – GWTG-CAD – Arrival at First Facility to PCI Care. April 21, 2020 from 2:00-3:00PM EST. Pre-register now for this webinar. Questions? Email
  • Public Health (POSTPONED)72nd Annual Kentucky Public Health Association Conference. Theme: "2020 Transformation--A Clear Vision for a Healthy Kentucky". Covington, KY.
  • CVD (APR 25)The Very Latest in Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery: Focus on Interventional Cardiology. Lexington, KY. This program is designed to bring together cardiologists, surgeons, and other healthcare providers to provide updates on the latest transcatheter approaches of cardiovascular disease. This conference will have a special focus on the contemporary developments in interventional cardiovascular medicine. It will emphasize case-based learning designed to engage learners in discussions, debates, and critical decision-making. The base registration fee is $50. Complimentary and reduced registration fee options are available under the Register Online button. For more information, please contact Colleen McMullen (859) 218-0122 or Rebecca Craft (859) 285-8083.
  • Get with the Guidelines (MAY 5)GWTG-Stroke PMT Office Hours. May 5th, 2020 10 am CT/ 11 am ET. Join us for a deeper dive into the stroke patient management tool. Discuss FAQs, updates, and tips & tricks. Register.
  • Stroke and Diabetes (May 11) - Stroke and Diabetes. Please join the American Heart Association for an informational webinar on Stroke and Diabetes. Missy Moreda MSN APRN ACCNS-AG CCRN CNRN SCRN, will be presenting. Missy has more than 20 years of experience as a neuro ICU nurse and is currently a Diabetes Educator Clinical Nurse Specialist for Duke Raleigh Hospital. Certificates of attendance will be sent to attendees 24 hours after the event.
CU/CME opportunities
  • Stroke - CEUs available (APR 8)Pediatric Stroke: Basics of Management. SEQIP Presents: Hot Topics in Stroke Care Webinar Series. 8-9am CT/9-10am ET. Speaker: Dr. Arpita Lakhotia, MD, MBBS, Director, Neurofibromatosis Clinic, Department of Neurology University of Louisville Norton Children’s Hospital. Upcoming completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Review initial assessment of pediatric ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke; 2. Overview of hyperacute and acute management of pediatric ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. REGISTER. For comments/questions, or if you require special arrangements to view this lecture, you may email Alyssa Jepson at
  • Stroke - (MAY 13)Meeting Door to Transfer: The Need for Speed. *No CEU available for this webinar* Speaker: Lynn Hundley APRN, CCNS, CNRN, ANVP-BC, FAHA, CE Director-Stroke Care, Norton Healthcare. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Discuss the evidence supporting the need for rapid transfer of acute stroke patients; 2. Identify at least 2 tips for success to a rapid door in-door out process. SEQIP Presents: Hot Topics in Stroke Care Webinar Series. 8-9am CT/9-10am ET. REGISTER. For comments/questions, or if you require special arrangements to view this lecture, you may email Alyssa Jepson at
Holidays and National Observances:
This month and next
April 2020
May 2020
National Public Health Week 2020
Take a look at our toolkit and start planning your events.

Become a partner, or step your partnership up and become a NPHW Champion

Mark your calendar for 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 8. That's the time for our annual Twitter chat!  6-12 – National Public Health Week
  • Monday, April 6: Mental health — Advocate for and promote emotional well-being.
  • Tuesday, April 7: Maternal and child health — Ensure the health of mothers and babies throughout the lifespan.
  • Wednesday, April 8: Violence prevention — Reduce personal and community violence to improve health.
  • Thursday, April 9: Environmental health — Help protect and maintain a healthy planet.
  • Friday, April 10: Education — Advocate for quality education and schools.
  • Saturday, April 11: Healthy housing — Ensure access to affordable and safe housing.
  • Sunday, April 12: Economics — Advocate for economic empowerment as the key to a healthy life.
Our fact sheets are available year-round on the NPHW website so we can keep the momentum and learning going. Learn more about this year's daily themes and how you can be part of the movement for science, action and health, year-round.
Current News:
Breaking news, industry-related trends, interesting statistics, new studies, relevant surveys, press mentions, and local news.
Online Articles
American Heart Association Podcasts on SoundCloud Cardiocast Podcast from MDedge: Daily Medical News Podcast from MDedge: Health Literacy Out Loud: Know Diabetes by Heart Podcast: NACDD Podcasts on SoundCloud: PodMed Double T Podcasts. PodMed Double T Podcasts. Weekly Medical Podcast by Rick Lange, MD, Texas Tech; Elizabeth Tracey, Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Tools / Resources:
Tools and resources for both public and private entities
Anything that didn't fit in one of the categories above
Million Hearts (APR 30)Million Hearts® Hospitals & Health Systems Recognition Program. This program recognizes institutions working to systematically improve the cardiovascular health of the population and communities they serve through the priority areas of (1) keeping people healthy, (2) optimizing care, (3) improving outcomes for priority populations, and (4) innovating for health. Eligible applicants include health systems with multiple hospitals, hospitals with and without ambulatory medical practices, and medical practices not affiliated with hospitals. Program is now open. Applications received by April 30, 2020, will be among the first to be considered and to be eligible for this designation. Applications will be reviewed and considered on a quarterly basis. For more information about the program, or to apply, please visit Questions about the program should be directed to, with “Million Hearts® Hospitals & Health Systems” in the subject line.
Partner Newsletters - Latest Edition
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) (Weekly) Health Communication Science Digest (Monthly) Million Hearts e-update (Bi-Monthly) NIH News in Health (Monthly) World Hypertension League (quarterly)
DPH officials report weekly influenza activity to the CDC as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. The weekly reports are posted online. The reports consist of laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza that are defined by molecular virus testing and positive virus culture test results. Rapid positive influenza tests are not included in this report, but are used as an indicator of flu-like illness circulating across the state.
For more information on influenza or the availability of flu vaccine, Kentuckians should contact their primary care medical provider or local health department. Influenza information is also available through the CDC.
CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Kentucky Department for Public Health
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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: April 28, 2020
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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News & Notes content is selected solely on the basis of newsworthiness and potential interest to subscribers. KY-DPH, KHDSP, and the Task Force assumes no responsibility for the factual accuracy of the items presented. The selection, omission, or content of items does not imply any endorsement or other position taken by KY-DPH, KHDSP, or the Task Force. Opinions expressed by and findings and conclusions reported by the original authors of items included in News & Notes, or persons quoted therein, are strictly their own and are in no way meant to represent the opinion, views, or policies of KY-DPH, KHDSP, or the Task Force. References to products, trade names, publications, news sources, and non-DPH websites are provided solely for informational purposes and do not imply endorsement by KY-DPH, KHDSP, or the Task Force. Legal cases are presented for educational purposes only, and are not meant to represent the current state of the law or to provide legal advice. News & Notes is in the public domain and may be freely forwarded and reproduced without permission. As some linked content may be subject to copyright, original news sources should be cited as sources. Readers should contact the cited news sources for the full text of the articles.
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