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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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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Trainings and Webinars
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COVID-19 Tools
Partner Websites Dedicated to COVID-19
Upcoming Events / Save-the-Dates (listed chronologically):
Conferences, trainings, workshops, and webinars opportunities
On Demand opportunities
  • Blood Pressure (RECORDED AUG 25): Uncontrolled Hypertension and COVID-19: The Time to Act Is NOW. Hosted by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. Part  1 (Hypertension) — recording | slides
  • Blood Pressure (RECORDED SEPT 8): Uncontrolled Hypertension and COVID-19: The Time to Act Is NOW. Hosted by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. Part 2 (Peer Sharing) — recording | slides
  • Blood Pressure (RECORDED SEPT 22): Uncontrolled Hypertension and COVID-19: The Time to Act Is NOW. Hosted by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. Part 3 (Controlling High Blood Pressure) — recording | slides
  • Blood Pressure (RECORDED OCT 6): Uncontrolled Hypertension and COVID-19: The Time to Act Is NOW. Hosted by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. Part 4 (Identifying and Controlling High Blood Pressure: What Works & What Doesn’t Work) —recording | slides
  • 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.
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Current News:
Breaking news, industry-related trends, interesting statistics, new studies, relevant surveys, press mentions, and local 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: 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.
Partner Newsletters - Latest Edition
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 Hypertension League (quarterly) World Stroke Organization (Monthly Newsletter)
Tools / Resources:
Tools and resources for both public and private entities
Documents: Paper/Electronic/Printable
  • CVD (June 2018) HEARTS: Technical package for cardiovascular disease management in primary health care. From the World Health organization. The HEARTS technical package provides a strategic approach to improving cardiovascular health in countries. It comprises six modules and an implementation guide. This package supports Ministries of Health to strengthen CVD management in primary health care settings. The practical, step-by step modules are supported by an overarching technical document that provides a rationale and framework for this integrated approach to the management of NCDs. More people die from cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) than from any other cause. Over three-quarters of heart disease and stroke related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. The HEARTS modules are intended for use by policy makers and programme managers at different levels within Ministries of Health, and within resource limited settings, who can influence CVD primary care delivery. The HEARTS technical package is part of the broader Global Hearts Initiative which includes two other packages that address the prevention of CVDs. The HEARTS modules were developed under the auspices of the Global Hearts Initiative, led by WHO and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Diabetes (APR 22) HEARTS D: diagnosis and management of type 2 diabetes. From the World Health Organization. This new HEARTS – D module on Diagnosis and management of type 2 diabetes complements and expands the diabetes section of the HEARTS Technical Package developed for use in primary health-care facilities to improve cardiovascular health. This module brings together WHO guidance on diagnosis, classification and management of type 2 diabetes in one document. It is aligned with the WHO Package of Essential Noncommunicable Disease Interventions in Primary Health Care (WHO-PEN) and can be used independently or in conjunction with the other modules of the HEARTS technical package. The module will be useful to policy makers who plan service delivery of diabetes care, national programme managers responsible for training, planning and monitoring service delivery, and facility managers and primary care staff  involved in clinical care and monitoring processes and outcomes of diabetes care.
  • 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.
Anything that didn't fit in one of the categories above
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: November 24, 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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News & Notes content is selected solely on the basis of newsworthiness and potential interest to subscribers. KY-DPH, KHDSP, and the Task Force assumes no responsibility for the factual accuracy of the items presented. The selection, omission, or content of items does not imply any endorsement or other position taken by KY-DPH, KHDSP, or the Task Force. Opinions expressed by and findings and conclusions reported by the original authors of items included in News & Notes, or persons quoted therein, are strictly their own and are in no way meant to represent the opinion, views, or policies of KY-DPH, KHDSP, or the Task Force. References to products, trade names, publications, news sources, and non-DPH websites are provided solely for informational purposes and do not imply endorsement by KY-DPH, KHDSP, or the Task Force. Legal cases are presented for educational purposes only, and are not meant to represent the current state of the law or to provide legal advice. News & Notes is in the public domain and may be freely forwarded and reproduced without permission. As some linked content may be subject to copyright, original news sources should be cited as sources. Readers should contact the cited news sources for the full text of the articles.
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