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March 2022


News and Notes

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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

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Upcoming Events (listed chronologically):
Conferences, trainings,
and webinars
  • SMBP (MAR 8)SMBP Monitoring Interventions: Resources for Planning and Implementation. CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention 30-minute Coffee Break Presentation. 2:30 p.m. Join. Passcode: s%DF1kb$ Registration not required.
  • HEARTSafe (MAR 8)HEARTSafe Community Champion Webinar. Ask your questions and seek advice from leaders in other HEARTSafe communities. This forum is moderated by webinar host, David Hiltz. 4:00 – 5:00 ET. Register.
  • Million Hearts SMBP Forum (MAR 10)Million Hearts SMBP Forum - March 2022. 1:00 – 2:00. Register.
  • Million Hearts Learning Lab (MAR 16)Optimizing Care for High-Risk Patients with LDL >=190 mg/dL: Messaging and Management. 3:00 pm Register.
  • Million Hearts Partner Call (MAR 22) – 11:30 – 12:30 ET. The purpose of this meeting is to: Update partners on recent Million Hearts® activities, accomplishments and resources; Align partners’ contributions to the Million Hearts® goal; Discover and celebrate partner activities and accomplishments; and Answer questions about the initiative. Email to receive updates and invitations:
  • Nursing (MAR 24-26 2022)Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium. PCNA 28th Annual Cardiovascular Nursing Symposium in person at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel. Virtual attendance is available as well through webcast. Registration is open.
  • Annual Conference (APR 12-13)2022 KHC Annual Conference. The Quest for Value & Equity. The conference will be held in person (no virtual option). Register.
  • HEARTSafe (APR 12)HEARTSafe Community Champion Webinar. Ask your questions and seek advice from leaders in other HEARTSafe communities. This forum is moderated by webinar host, David Hiltz. 4:00 – 5:00 ET. Register.
  • Million Hearts Partner Call (APR 26) – 11:30 – 12:30 ET. The purpose of this meeting is to: Update partners on recent Million Hearts® activities, accomplishments and resources; Align partners’ contributions to the Million Hearts® goal; Discover and celebrate partner activities and accomplishments; and Answer questions about the initiative. Email to receive updates and invitations:
2022 CATS Lecture Series - Comprehensive Approach to Stroke (CATS)
Presentations take place on the third Tuesday of each month, 12 – 1 pm EST (11 am – 12 pm CST), Lectures are accredited for Physicians, Nurses, EMS, Pharmacist, PT, OT, SLP, & RRT
Holidays and National Observances:
Current News:
Article Series
CardioBreak - Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine from Crystal Phend and Nicole Lou of MedPage Today. Weekly Health News Quiz from MedPage Today.
Online Articles
American Heart Association Podcasts on SoundCloud CHFS Community Podcast Health Literacy Out Loud The NACCHO Podcast Series National Institutes of Health Healthy Moments Radio Broadcast - MedPage Today search TTHealthWatch! PodMed Double T Podcasts. Weekly Medical Podcast by Rick Lange, MD, Texas Tech; Elizabeth Tracey, Johns Hopkins Medicine. Rox Heart Radio With Roxana Mehran, MD. From TCTMD and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF). That's Public Health. A new 20-part web series from American Public Health Association showing Americans the crucial link between public health and their own health and well-being. Release schedule is tentative.
Partner Newsletters -
Latest Editions
American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) The Bridge – Kentucky’s Connection to Rural Health Issues from the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) (Weekly) 2022 Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology (DAIC) Health Communication Science Digest (Monthly) Journal of Human Hypertension (Monthly) Archive The Journal of Clinical Hypertension. (Monthly) Journal of Public Health Management and Practice Bi-Monthly Current Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program - Archive NIH News in Health (Monthly) Archive
  • February 2022 - Contents include:
    • Advances in Breast Cancer
    • Delving Into Devices
    • Dr. Jenny Radesky on Kids and Smart Devices
    • Reducing the Health Risks of Night Shifts
    • Life With Low Vision
    • Understanding COVID-19 PCR Testing
Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) World Heart News from World Heart Federation World Stroke Organization (Monthly Newsletter)
Tools / Resources:
Black History Month – "Influential Kentuckians in Black History" is a collection of 12 one-minute featurettes from the Office of Diversity, Equality and Training honoring Kentuckians whose efforts have resulted in positive change for African Americans and others who are continuing to move the needle forward. Featurettes released:
  • Blood Pressure (JAN 28)Dr. Sharonne Hayes/Know Your Numbers. From the National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention. Sharonne Hayes, MD, founder of the Women’s Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic, encourages viewers to visit their healthcare team and learn their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels. Knowing these numbers will highlight steps patients can take to improve and maintain their health this year.
  • Blood Pressure (NOV 5 2021) – Medir tu presión arterial en casa. From the American Heart Association. Visita para saber más acerca de cómo monitorear tu presión.
  • COVID-19 (FEB 6)COVID in the maternity ward. CBS News article by Brit McCandless Farmer. UofL Health Featured in 60 Minutes Segment.
  • COVID-19 (FEB 6)Staff shortages, COVID patients pushing hospitals to breaking point. CBS News article by Sharyn Alfonsi. UofL Health Featured in 60 Minutes Segment.
  • COVID-19 (FEB 8)Louisville COVID-19 Briefing. At the 11:20 mark Dr. Kelly McCants and Dr. Dinesh Kalra, from UofL Health, explain how COVID-19 affects the heart.
  • Heart Health (FEB 15)Heart Month Q&A with Marcus Plescia. YouTube video from ASTHO. For American Heart Month, ASTHO Chief Medical Officer Marcus Plescia discusses what can be done to reduce disparities and boost everyone's heart health.
  • Stroke (May 2021)Nobody’s Got You, Like You Got You. YouTube video from NIHNINDS. Take charge of your health today, help prevent stroke & dementia tomorrow by checking your blood pressure. Mind Your Risks. Visit to learn more.
  • Stroke (NOV 18 2021)Key Considerations for a Telestroke Evaluation: A Video Review. Youtube video from Genentech. This video is for U.S. Healthcare Professionals only. This educational video explores considerations in the Acute Ischemic Stroke telestroke evaluation, relating to: the NIHSS, posterior stroke, identifying potential disability, and patient and bedside provider engagement. 
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 (Flu): Cabinet for Health and Family Services webpage. Weekly Flu Reports for 2021-2022 FluView: Weekly US Map: Influenza Summary Update from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TRAIN Kentucky: explore flu-related trainings available through the TRAIN Learning Network.
This Flu Season: Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2021-2022 Season Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage.
CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report.
Kentucky Coronavirus Monitoring - Current as of February 23, 2022

The 7-Day incidence is calculated by taking the total number of unique cases in each county over the past 7 days, divided by 7 to get a daily average, divided by the U.S. census bureau county population, and multiplied by 100,000 to get the incidence per 100,000 people. The cases counted each day are based on the date an investigation was opened in NEDSS (i.e., National Electronic Disease Surveillance System). Duplicate cases are removed before the calculation, so each positive case is only included once. NOTE: State and local health department data will vary for a variety of reasons including data entry timing, communication processes, and 7-day averaging.
How to Contribute
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Contributions for the next issue will be due:

March 29, 2022
KHDSP Task Force Strategic Map and Plan 2020-2023
Mission Statement
Improve cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health for all Kentuckians.

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