December 2020


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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and webinars
  • Heart Failure (Dec 1-2) Keep your Heart Failure Patients on Track. 11:00 am EST -2:15 pm EST. If you are finding it especially difficult to keep your heart failure patients on track during this time of COVID-19, PCNA is here to help. Please join us for a FREE two-day Heart Failure Summit and earn 4.0 CE contact hours. Register.
  • Diabetes (Dec 2) - Diabetes and COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know. A CME/CE-certified, MOC-eligible Activity. December 2, 2020. 1:00 - 2:00pm ET. Sponsor: Rockpointe
  • Flu (Dec 2) Flu Vaccination Through Late Fall and Winter: It’s Not Too Late! CDC Webinar. Monday, December 7, from 2-3pm EST. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be important for all individuals, especially those at high-risk, to receive an annual influenza vaccination. Influenza vaccination will be a critical strategy to decrease stress on our healthcare system, by decreasing influenza-related doctor visits and hospitalizations, as well as decreasing the number of people who will need influenza diagnostic testing. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue throughout flu season in order to protect as many people as possible against flu. You may already be recommending flu vaccine to your patients, but in this webinar, you'll learn the benefits of vaccination through the holiday season and beyond, and how to safely administer the vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic. Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to: ​Describe the importance of influenza vaccination; Discuss benefits of late-season vaccination; Identify strategies for distribution to vulnerable populations; Describe CDC’s guidance for flu vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers: ​CAPT Amy Parker Fiebelkorn, MSN, MPH –​Epidemiologist, Immunization Services Division, CDC/NCIRD. Kathleen LaPorte, MPH – Health Communication Specialist, Influenza Division, CDC/NCIRD. For more information, please contact Vanessa Lamers at​ Register.
On Demand opportunities
  • Know Diabetes by Heart webinar
  • SMBP: Virtual Course on accurate automated blood pressure measurement (2020). From Pan American Health Organization & World Health Organization. The course on accurate automated blood pressure measurement is an initiative of the Pan American Health Organization joined by the World Hypertension League, the Lancet Commission on Hypertension Group and Hypertension Canada, academically developed by a group of highly qualified experts recognized worldwide. It is structured in an interactive way with a narrated video that illustrates step by step how to properly measure blood pressure, as well as the factors that can alter the measurement and give misleading records. It consists of an interactive module with an illustrated video, a theoretical component and a narrative evaluation. At the end of the modules, the student will be able to download the certificate issued by the Virtual Campus for Public Health of PAHO/WHO and validated by Resolve to Safe Lives initiative and The Lancet Commission on Hypertension and Hypertension Canada.
CU/CME opportunities
Holidays and National Observances:
  • 1 New Year’s Day
  • 18 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Social Media Support:
National Influenza Vaccination Week Social Media Plan December 6 –12, 2020
  • #NIVW
  • #FightFlu
  • #sleeveup
  • #FluSeason
  • #PublicHealth
  • #flu
  • #healthyathome
  • #healthyatwork
  • #togetherky
  • #teamkentucky
Current News:
Article Series
CardioBreak - Recent developments of interest in cardiovascular medicine from Crystal Phend 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: Know Diabetes by Heart Podcast: The NACCHO Podcast Series. National Institutes of Health Healthy Moments Radio Broadcast - Healthy Moments is a series of weekly radio episodes sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). MedPage Today search TTHealthWatch! PodMed Double T Podcasts. Weekly Medical Podcast by Rick Lange, MD, Texas Tech; Elizabeth Tracey, Johns Hopkins Medicine.
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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) Health Communication Science Digest (Monthly) Million Hearts e-update (Bi-Monthly) NIH News in Health (Monthly) Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) – PCNA eNews delivered on the 4th of the month World Heart News from World Heart Federation emailed last Thursday of the month World Hypertension League (quarterly) World Stroke Organization (Monthly Newsletter)
Tools / Resources:
  • COVID-19 (JUL)COVID-19 & KY Public Health. From Kentucky Public Health Association (KPHA).
  • Diabetes (OCT) – Interactive Tool: Diabetes and Your Hearts - Close Connections. This 24-page interactive tool is intended to help clinicians and patients understand the connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease—and reduce patient risks for heart attack and stroke. Helpful in both clinical and home settings, topics include: SMART goals, lowering risks, improving health and taking care of yourself, working with your health care team. Videos, downloadable materials and links to helpful resources are included.
  • Statins (OCT) – Fact Sheet: Statin Medicine Side Effects - What You Need to Know. Help your patients with medication adherence and improved outcomes--even when they cannot continue taking their statin due to a symptom or side effect. This two-sided sheet describes: Statins, Side effects, Who is at risk for side effects, How providers and patients will work together to address side effects. The tool is designed to reduce patients' unease and increase their understanding as you work together to reduce their LDL. Released October 2020
  • Heart Disease (OCT 15) – Cutting Straight to the Heart: A pandemic lays bare the inequity of heart disease in America. National Forum Signature Report. The Signature Report highlights actions to decrease the burden of cardiovascular risk & disease, COVID-19 & health inequities.
  • Public Health (2020) 2019 National Profile of Local Health Departments. The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) conducts the National Profile of Local Health Departments (commonly referred to as the "Profile study") every three years as a census of local health departments (LHDs). The Profile study represents the largest, most reliable data source on LHDs. This study describes the funding, staffing, governance, and activities of LHDs across the United States, developing a comprehensive and accurate description of LHD infrastructure and practice.
  • Flu (OCT) School-Located Influenza Vaccination Toolkit. From NACCHO. The School-Located Influenza Vaccination Toolkit is a comprehensive collection of information, best practices, and lessons learned from health departments, as well as federal and national partners, working with schools to conduct school-located influenza vaccination (SLIV) clinics.
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.
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: December 29, 2020
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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