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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
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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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Trainings and webinars
  • Coronavirus - (MAY 4-7)Coronavirus Virtual Series Where Are We Now? The editorial teams of FiercePharma and FierceHealthcare bring you a week of live virtual updates and expert panels discussing the coronavirus. They’ll do a status update about our progress so far and what challenges remain ahead.  
    • Monday, May 4: 11 — 12 pm Tech’s role in managing COVID-19 patients’ recovery outside the hospital and preparing for the next virus. The current situation is highlighting that virtual care in general, and remote patient monitoring specifically, are a need-to-have for the future of healthcare. Patient monitoring technologies such as wearables, AI, connected devices, and sensors, are a critical tool to manage patients outside of the clinical setting once they are discharged. These tools also can be used to monitor chronic disease patients to keep them out of already stressed hospitals. How is the current pandemic accelerating the use of patient monitoring tech? What are the challenges? What are the business opportunities? How are researchers using data from wearables like Fitbit and the Oura smart ring to identify early symptoms and better prepare the industry if the virus resurfaces in the fall, as some experts warn?
    • Monday, May 4: 3 — 4 pm Vaccines accelerate toward market: How fast and how far? With the novel coronavirus sweeping across the globe, vaccine makers and their partners have been working full speed to help stop the pandemic. Five candidates are already in human testing, and major players such as Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and the Gates Foundation are preparing for mass production. In all, more than 75 potential immunizations are in the works. What’s next? In this conversation with experts and vaccine developers, we’ll assess progress so far and outline the pathway ahead, including potential pitfalls and innovative strategies for accelerating the pace to market.
    • Tuesday, May 5: 11 — 12 pm Hospitals after the ‘peak’: What happens next? Much work has been put into flattening the curve – or reducing the “peak” number of serious illness – that's taxing our hospitals. As we approach and even finally move past those peaks, it's expected that a backlog of patients who have chronic conditions that could begin having acute problems because they haven't been seeing their doctors and how that could tax an already stressed system. How should hospitals prepare to handle this surge? How else should health systems be adapting to handle the demand for services around the country?
    • Tuesday, May 5: 3 — 4 pm Clinical trial challenges amid COVID-19. To combat COVID-19, companies and their partners are pushing potential therapies and vaccines into clinical testing ASAP—but in other areas, medical research is grinding to a halt. A combination of public health worries, social distancing measures, reallocated resources and economic factors has some biopharmas hitting the brakes on enrollment. Other trials from cardiovascular and endocrine fields to neurologic disorders and cancer are only cautiously moving forward. This dip in R&D activity could travel like an air bubble in the drug development pipeline. Some industry experts expect to see noticeable drops in the numbers of breakthrough therapies and approvals of new treatments. How far will these primary and secondary impacts of the coronavirus ripple through the coming years, and what will be their ultimate effect on public health, and the industry’s ability to serve it?
    • Wednesday, May 6: 11 — 12 pm Bouncing back: Payers’ role in helping the system recover from COVID-19. As we pass the peak of novel coronavirus infections, how is the healthcare system looking to ease back into normalcy, and what can health plans do to help? What are the next issues they’re planning for and what kind of cost pressures are they watching in the coming months? How can they support providers in addressing a backlog of postponed procedures? What steps are they taking now to be ready if the virus resurfaces in the fall, as some experts warn?
    • Wednesday, May 6: 3 — 4 pm Outbreak scramble: Could COVID-19 change infectious disease R&D? We saw it with Zika and Ebola and now we’re seeing it with SARS-CoV-2. Big Pharmas and small startups alike are jumping into therapeutics development for the outbreak, repurposing old drugs, creating brand new ones and, in some cases, completely pivoting their pipelines to meet the challenge. Could infectious disease work be done differently for the next outbreak and beyond? Here, experts will discuss how the biopharma industry responds to emerging diseases and what changes it can make to be better prepared for pandemics like COVID-19. This includes measures that could be taken during “peacetime”—such as public incentives and novel partnerships—so companies are not caught flat-footed by the next outbreak, as well as efforts that can help speed the response as much as possible.
  • (APR)Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers. From ASTHO. Introductory online course for entry-level COVID-19 contact tracers, for use by health agencies in rapid training of new contact tracers. The training will be augmented by state/local specific training required to orient individuals to jurisdiction-specific protocols. This training focuses on building knowledge for remote contact tracing; a subsequent release will include a module on field services.
  • (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
  • (MAR): Coronavirus Resources & Free Training. Health Stream is offering a collection of carefully curated courses to all customers for free. Relevant to COVID-19 coronavirus, these courses are designed to educate staff on current guidelines for infection control across various care settings and precautions for airborne pathogens. NOTE: All courses will be available free of charge through September 30, 2020.
Kentucky Information
The official Team Kentucky source for information concerning COVID-19
Partner Websites Dedicated to COVID-19
Upcoming Events / Save-the-Dates (listed chronologically):
Conferences, trainings, workshops, and webinars opportunities
  • 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.
  • Stroke - (MAY 13)Meeting Door to Transfer: The Need for Speed. 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
CU/CME opportunities
Holidays and National Observances:
This month and next
May 2020
June 2020
Social Media:
Tips and Tricks, suggested “Likes” and “Follows”, and sample social media messaging for Facebook & Twitter
  • #healthyathome
  • #healthyatwork
  • #togetherky
  • #teamkentucky
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 Health Literacy Out Loud: Know Diabetes by Heart Podcast: 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
Documents: Paper/Electronic/Printable
  • CVD (MAY) Heart Healthy Toolbox. 75-pages from Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA).
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) Million Hearts e-update (Bi-Monthly) NIH News in Health (Monthly) World Hypertension League (quarterly)
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: May 26, 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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