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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. 


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David Davis

Communications Coordinator

Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program

Kentucky Department for Public Health

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Schedule of KHDSP Task Force Meetings
New Date: Tuesday, May 12, 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: Griffin Gate Marriott
Address: 1800 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Type: In-Person
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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Upcoming Events / Save-the-Dates (listed chronologically):
Conferences, trainings, workshops, and webinars opportunities
  • KHC (MAR 10-11)6th Annual Kentuckiana Health Collaborative Conference. Theme: "Humanizing Healthcare". March 10-11. Louisville, KY. Register.
  • CVD (MAR 10)Promoting Sodium Reduction Through Evidence-Informed State and Local Policy Interventions. 20-minute coffee break presentation on how to determine which evidence-based policy interventions are effective in improving sodium reduction. This presentation will describe the findings from a policy evidence assessment that examined the evidence base for six policy interventions that aim to reduce sodium intake in the US. Future considerations for improving sodium reduction policy intervention implementation will also be discussed. These findings are designed to help state decision makers and public health organizations determine which policy interventions may be useful in their state’s efforts to improve sodium reduction efforts. No need to register, simply join this event via Adobe Connect. Audio Information: Toll free number: (855) 644-0229 Conference ID: 8247938
  • Grant Writing (MAR 16-17)Rural Health Grant Writing Workshop. Hosts: Kentucky Office of Rural Health; National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health. March 16-17. Berea, KY. Register.
  • Get with the Guidelines (MAR 17)GWTG-CAD- STEMI Referring Hospital QI and Engagement in STEMI Systems of Care. March 17, 2020, 2-3:00pm ET. Webinar topics will include: National level Mission: Lifeline STEMI Referring Hospital data; National Mission: Lifeline STEMI System of Care goals; A LIVE DEMO of the NEW GWTG-CAD STEMI Referring Form; Announcement of the NEW Mission: Lifeline Door In-Door Out Challenge. register Audience: Nurses, Data Abstractors, Directors of Quality, State DOH, EMS Leaders, Mission: Lifeline Regional/State Champions, Cardiologists, ED Physicians, Medical Control Physicians, and other hospital quality improvement staff. Questions? Email
  • CVD (MAR 20)Meeting the Challenges to Improve Cardiovascular Outcomes. Corbin, KY. Hosted by the Southern Kentucky AHEC. March 20, 2020. Register.
  • Tobacco (APR 14-15) – Annual Kentucky Tobacco Control Conference. April 14-15. Lexington, KY. Save the Date.
  • 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 (APR 22-24)72nd Annual Kentucky Public Health Association Conference. Theme: "2020 Transformation--A Clear Vision for a Healthy Kentucky". April 22-24. Covington, KY. Register.
  • 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.
CU/CME Opportunities
  • Stroke - CEUs available (MAR 4)Stroke Abstraction 101 Basics. SEQIP Presents: Hot Topics in Stroke Care Webinar Series. 8-9am CT/9-10am ET. Speaker: Sasha Lopez, MSN, RN, Quality Outcomes Data Analyst, Norton Healthcare. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: 1. Identify the current stroke performance measures for outpatient and inpatient; 2. Describe how to begin appropriately abstracting stroke measures. REGISTER. For comments/questions, or if you require special arrangements to view this lecture, you may email Alyssa Jepson at
  • 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
Current News:
Breaking news, industry-related trends, interesting statistics, new studies, relevant surveys, press mentions, and local news.
Online Articles
Health Literacy Out Loud: Know Diabetes by Heart Podcast: NACDD Podcasts on SoundCloud: 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
  • Cardiac Rehab (FEB)Cardiac Rehabilitation Million Hearts. Public Health Media Library from CDC.
  • Cardiac Rehab (FEB)Cardiac Rehabilitation webpage from CDC
  • Cardiac Rehab (FEB)Cardiac Rehabilitation. Minnesota Department of Public Health.
  • Cardiac Rehab (FEB)TAKEheart. AHRQ's Initiative to Increase Use of Cardiac Rehabilitation. Join TAKEheart.
  • CVD (FEB)CVH Council. NACDD Webpage. The Council is a critical resource to NACDD and CDC. Council representatives have been elected by their peers to represent the strengths, concerns, and interests of health departments to NACDD and CDC’s Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention staff and Million Hearts® team. The Council provides extensive input and feedback to NACDD on learning opportunities, Off the Cuff, and 1815/1817 technical assistance related to HDSP strategies.
  • CVD (FEB)Tailored Pharmacy-Based Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence. CDC Webpage. Tailored pharmacy-based interventions aim to help patients who are at risk for cardiovascular disease take their medications as prescribed.
  • Million Hearts (OCT 2019)Clinical Quality Measure Alignment. To reduce the reporting burden on clinicians and focus quality efforts to achieve the greatest impact on outcomes, Million Hearts® staff worked with public and private partners to align and embed a small set of clinical quality measures into major national programs. High performance on these measures will accelerate progress in preventing heart attack and stroke, kidney and heart failure, and cognitive decline.
  • National Public Health Week (FEB)National Public Health Week 2020 NPHW.Org webpage.
  • National Public Health Week (FEB)National Public Health Week APHA Webpage.
  • Statins (OCT 2019)The Scoop on Statins: What Do You Need to Know? From Million Hearts. Patients may click on FAQ’s to get the scoop on statins.
Documents: Paper/Electronic/Printable
  • Cardiac Rehab (FEB)Cardiac Rehabilitation Communications Toolkit webpage from CDC.
  • Blood Pressure (FEB 4)American Heart Month Partner Toolkit. American Heart Month 2020: High Blood Pressure Control—We've Got This! The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) will focus on how people can control high blood pressure and protect their heart. Join DHDSP throughout February in encouraging people with high blood pressure on their journey to control. We’ve got this!
  • A1C (FEB)A1CVD Pro App. The Know Diabetes by Heart™ A1CVD PRO professional education app is a competency-based medical education program, tailored to the needs of a busy health care professional. Aimed at clinicians who treat type 2 diabetes patients, this tool is designed to improve clinical decision-making and understanding of current AHA and ADA practice guidelines. The app takes users through a simulation experience: Presented with real-life case studies, given a series of treatment decisions, and guided through current practice guidelines.
Anything that didn't fit in one of the categories above
Partner Newsletters - Latest Edition
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) (Weekly) Health Communication Science Digest (Monthly)
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.
Influenza - CMEs available (NOV 8)Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — United States, 2019–20 Influenza Season. A FREE continuing education (CE) activity from CDC’s MMWR and Medscape. This activity is intended for primary care physicians, infectious disease practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, public health/prevention officials, and other physicians caring for persons for whom influenza vaccination is indicated. The goal of this activity is to describe updated influenza vaccine recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the 2019-2020 flu season. Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to: Describe availability and composition of influenza vaccine preparations, according to updated influenza vaccine recommendations from ACIP for the 2019-2020 flu season; Identify recent labeling changes for 2 quadrivalent influenza vaccine formulations, according to updated influenza vaccine recommendations from ACIP for the 2019-2020 flu season; and Determine other recommendations from ACIP regarding use of influenza vaccine for the 2019-2020 flu season.
Influenza Articles: 
  • 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.
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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: March 30, 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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