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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:
8:30 Registration Opens / Breakfast with the Vendors
9:00 New Member Orientation
10:00 Meeting Starts
4:00 Meeting Adjourns
Location: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel
Address: 2601 Richmond Rd, Lexington, KY 40509
2020 Dates!
Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Type: In-Person
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. EDT
Location: Lexington, location TBD
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
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
CU/CME opportunities
  • Blood Pressure - CEUs available (Aug 8)Vascular Cognitive Impairment. This course provides the most current and comprehensive scope of knowledge for physicians, clinicians and researchers in the early assessment and management of vascular cognitive impairment. Registration Fee: AHA members: $48.00, Non-members: $60.00. Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity: 4 hours. Target Audience: Pediatric Neurologists, Neurosurgeons, Neurointerventionalists, Neuroradiologists, Interventional Radiologists, Physiatrists, Emergency Medicine Specialists, Primary Care Physicians, Rehabilitation Specialists, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists, Pharmacists, and basic Researchers. Learning Objectives:
    • Compare and contrast diagnostic findings of pathophysiologic features of neurocognitive decline.
    • Discuss social determinants of health associated with higher risk for developing vascular disease associated with neurocognitive decline.
    • Debate the roles of primary and secondary prevention strategies in vascular disease outcomes.
    • Converse on current clinical trial outcomes and the application of evidence to positively impact vascular cognitive impairment.
  • CVD - CEUs available (Sept 12)Higher Heart Disease Risks Among 9/11 Firefighters, Study Says. MedPage Today article by Zeena Nackerdien PhD.
  • CVD - CEUs available (Sept 24)Cardiovascular Health Of Low-Income Americans May Be Improved With A Polypill. MedPage Today article by Zeena Nackerdien PhD, CM.
  • MI - CEUs available (Sept 13)Clear All Arteries Post-MI, Study Suggests. MedPage Today article by Zeena Nackerdien.
  • STEMI - CEUs available (Sept 7)Genotyping Cardiac Patients May Reduce Risks from DAPT. MedPage Today article by Vicki Brower.
Holidays and National Observances:
This month and next
  • Health Literacy Month
    • Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. This annual, worldwide, awareness-raising event has been going strong ever since Helen Osborne founded it in 1999.
    • Over the years healthcare organizations, community services, health literacy coalitions, government agencies, literacy programs, universities, and many others have hosted a wide range of Health Literacy Month events. These include how-to workshops for professionals, wellness programs for patients and the public, and educational offerings for students at all levels.
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month
    • Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the leading cause of death in the United States, taking the lives of more than 350,000 people each year. Anyone can experience Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), including infants, children, teens, young adults and people in their 30s and 40s who have no sign of heart disease, as well as more mature adults.
  • Talk About Your Medicines Month
    • Talk About Your Medicines Month (TAYMM) is an annual opportunity to focus attention on the value that better medicine communication plays in promoting better medicine use and better health outcomes. Over time, TAYMM has grown and expanded to stimulate conversations between consumers and their healthcare providers about all the types of medicines they may take, with a focus on what to know about a medication in terms of expected health outcomes, possible side effects, benefits and potential risks.
Social Media:
Tips and Tricks for social media including sample messaging from and for Facebook & Twitter with a focus on sample hashtags and posts
The Science of Sharing on Social Media
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
  • E-Cigarettes (Sept 5)E-Cigarettes. A variety of downloadable one-pagers are available in English and Spanish.
  • Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) (Sept)FH Awareness Day Toolkit. From the FH Foundation.
  • Heart Health (Sept 10)Get Enough Sleep to Protect Your Heart Health! Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night to help keep your heart healthy! We make small decisions that affect our health every day. What will you choose for a healthy heart? Put #YourHeartFirst — turn off your laptop and get some rest. Video by The Heart Truth® — a national program sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal is to raise awareness about heart disease in women — the risks, the causes, and the ways women can keep their hearts healthy. Learn more
  • Physical Activity (Sept)Physical Activity in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers. Prepared by The Institute for Health and Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  • TAKEheart (Oct 15) – TAKEheart an initiative by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is accepting applications through October 15th. Hospitals interested in receiving step-by-step training on implementing a proven means of increasing CR among their eligible patients are encouraged to apply. Questions TAKEheart is a 3-year project funded by AHRQ. This unique program applies strategies from the new Million Hearts®/AACVPR Cardiac Rehabilitation Change Package, a quality improvement action guide designed to help hospitals develop systems and strategies to ensure cardiac rehabilitation participation for more of their eligible patients.There will be 2 cohorts over the 3-year project period. Each cohort will go through a 12 month, high impact virtual training program. Cohort 1 begins in January 2020. TAKEheart Partner Hospitals will receive step-by-step training on implementing a proven means of increasing cardiac rehabilitation among their eligible patients. More specifically, hospitals participating in this program will receive at no cost:
  • Individualized coaching and technical support in developing their own action plan for increasing cardiac rehabilitation referral, enrollment and retention
  • Access to a high-impact, 12-month virtual training program providing guidance on how to implement an evidence-based strategy (automatic referral with patient care coordination support) to achieve this goal
  • Insights from leading cardiac rehabilitation experts and
  • Peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, coaching and tools
  • Tobacco (Sept 5)Intervention for Nicotine Dependence: Education, Prevention, Tobacco and Health (INDEPTH™). A convenient alternative to suspension or citation that helps schools and communities address the teen vaping problem in a more supportive way. Instead of solely focusing on punitive measures, INDEPTH™ is an interactive program that teaches students about nicotine dependence, establishing healthy alternatives and how to kick the unhealthy addiction that got them in trouble in the first place. INDEPTH™ was piloted at 11 schools across the United States with 60 percent of student participants reporting that they were willing to quit using tobacco products after completing the program. REGISTER for our FREE online training today!
  • Tobacco (Sept 5)Million Hearts® Tobacco Cessation Change Package (TCCP). From the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) and Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. The TCCP was developed for use in outpatient, inpatient, and behavioral healthcare settings to increase the reach and effectiveness of tobacco cessation interventions, and incorporate these interventions into the clinical workflow. The TCCP will assist healthcare teams in their efforts to prioritize treatment for tobacco use and dependence to improve the health and wellbeing of their patients.
  • Tobacco (Sept 5)Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) is a voluntary teen-centered cessation program inclusive in addressing all tobacco product use, including e-cigarettes. A natural complement to INDEPTH. Schools seeking to implement teen tobacco cessation programs can sign up for our N-O-T program and are available for any school or community to establish to help our teens make healthier choices and training is available. Learn more about American Lung Association’s Youth Cessation Program Facilitator Training at
  • Tobacco (Sept 5)The Vape Talk. Website from the American Lung Association.
Anything that didn't fit in one of the categories above
  • Cardiac Rehab (Oct 15) TAKEheart Hospital Application. AHRQ's National Initiative to Increase Use of Cardiac Rehabilitation. Register Now. Applications due October 15. To apply, read the program overview and FAQ. Then complete the registration form and upload a signed Letter of Intent (LOI). Partially completed forms cannot be saved. You will need the following information before you start: Hospital name and location (physical address), CEO name, Health care system affiliation* (*If applicable), AHA member ID* (*If applicable), and Signed LOI. If you are affiliated with a health care system registering multiple hospitals, complete one registration form for all hospitals. Once your registration form is submitted, you’ll receive a confirmation email. If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please contact our AHA team at or (312) 895-2514. Thank you.
  • EMS (Sept 6) NCDR eReports EMS, a new product exclusively for EMS agencies, gives users a view of the care and outcomes of AMI patients transported to hospitals participating in the Chest Pain – MI Registry. EMS agencies that adopt early can enjoy FREE access to the tool for the next 18 months (through 2020). After the initial period, pricing is based on population size of the area the agency serves. The NCDR eReports EMS Dashboard provides the numbers that allow users to conduct in depth analysis of their systems compared to national averages. Hospitals that belong to the Chest Pain – MI Registry can access these EMS reports on their registry dashboard tab. EMS agencies interested in more information about the NCDR eReports EMS tool can visit to access the latest webinars and tools, you can also email questions to
  • Technology / Public Health (Aug 12)Power Tools. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) announces the premiere of its new podcast series which explores how technology and innovation partners can increase the effectiveness of public health programs and practitioners. Hosted by John Patton, NACDD’s Director of Program Relations, the series dives deep with vetted, private-industry companies — from software developers to media giants — whose products and services act as “tools” that add exponential “power” to the work of public health. Each of the podcasts are approximately 30 minutes long and can be streamed on Soundcloud or downloaded at
    • Power Tools #1 - CBS: Beyond Broadcasting
    • Power Tools #2 - Kognito
    • Power Tools #3 - Live Stories
    • Power Tools #4 - Rocket Camp
    • Power Tools #5 - Open Source Wellness
Health Literacy: October is Health Literacy month
  • Health Literacy Month
    • Health Literacy Month is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. This annual, worldwide, awareness-raising event has been going strong ever since Helen Osborne founded it in 1999.
    • Over the years healthcare organizations, community services, health literacy coalitions, government agencies, literacy programs, universities, and many others have hosted a wide range of Health Literacy Month events. These include how-to workshops for professionals, wellness programs for patients and the public, and educational offerings for students at all levels.
  • Health Literacy (MAY 1) Consensus Organizational Health Literacy Quality Improvement Measures. From Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). AHRQ obtained consensus from experts on the usefulness, meaningfulness, feasibility, and face validity of 22 measures that can help organizations seeking to become more health literate.
  • Health Literacy (July 3) Organizational Health Literacy: Quality Improvement Measures with Expert Consensus. Healio Original Research article by Angela G. Brega, PhD; Mika K. Hamer, MPH; Karen Albright, PhD; Cindy Brach, MPP; Debra Saliba, MD, MPH; Dana Abbey, MLS; R. Mark Gritz, PhD. HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice. 2019;3(2):e127-e146
  • Health Literacy (July 3) Health Literacy. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website. AHRQ's health literacy resources help health care professionals and delivery organizations make information easier to understand and systems easier to navigate.
Kentucky Department for Public Health 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.
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: October 29, 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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