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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
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
Kentucky Information
Partner Websites Dedicated to COVID-19
Upcoming Events / Save-the-Dates (listed chronologically):
Conferences, trainings, workshops, and webinars opportunities
  • STEMI (July 21)Improving Accuracy of EMS STEMI Alerts. Tuesday, July 21, 2- 3 p.m. Eastern. Overview: Two hallmarks of well-managed STEMI system of care include an accurate field diagnosis for STEMI, followed by formally declaring a STEMI Alert to the hospital well in advance of arrival. This webinar presents ways to: Measure the accuracy of EMS STEMI alerts, Improve the overall accuracy of these alerts, Balance overcalls and undercalls on STEMI Alerts. Register
  • CVD (AUG 26) - Influenza in Cardiovascular Disease. PNCA webinar August 26, 2020 at 4:00pm ET. A non-CE learning event. The webinar will cover the link between influenza and CVD, vaccinations, and COVID-19. Registration information coming soon.
  • CVD (OCT 15) - 18th Annual Meeting of the National Forum. Registration is open for the virtual 18th Annual Meeting of the National Forum - Cardiovascular Health: More Urgent than Ever, on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Join thought- and change-leaders from patient groups, medicine, healthcare, public health, government, industry and civil society to explore new approaches to make health equity and cardiovascular health high priorities. Diverse panels will discuss how we can build on the attention COVID-19 has brought to health disparities, Cardiometabolic health, and public health to help more people in more communities attain well-being. The National Forum 18th Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, October 15, 2020, from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM EDT. Register
On Demand opportunities
  • Heart Failure (JUN)Master Class on Dyslipidemia. The National Minority Cardiovascular Alliance prepared a brief training program to support clinician communication about dyslipidemia with minority patients. Goals of the program include: Understanding barriers to treatment of dyslipidemia for minority patients, both from the clinician and patient perspective; Assessing barriers in communicating about the condition and need for treatment; Understanding tactics and tools that might support stronger, more effective communication.
  • Heart Failure (JUN) - On-Demand Heart Failure Accreditation Webinars. American College of Accreditation.
    • Introduction to Heart Failure v4
    • The Beginnings of Heart Failure: Identify and Mitigate Risk
    • Care of the Geriatric Patient with Heart Failure
    • Increasing Heart Failure Awareness: Early Evaluation and Referral for Improved Patient Outcomes
    • The Value of Heart Failure Accreditation
CU/CME opportunities
  • Blood Pressure (June 18)Hypertension Ups Risk of Dying From COVID-19, But What About BP Meds? MedPage Today article by Zeena Nackerdien PhD.
  • Heart Attack (MAY 13) - FOURIER Confirms PCSK9 Inhibitor Lowers Heart Attack Risk. MedPage Today article by Zeena Nackerdien PhD.
  • Heart Disease (June 25)Heart Disease Risk Reduced by Comprehensive Care in the Mentally Ill. MedPage Today article by Zeena Nackerdien PhD.
  • Stroke (APR 20)Diagnosis and Treatment of Strokes in Young Adults. American Heart Association CE activity. $12-15 cost. This activity discusses the causes and mechanisms of stroke in young adults, as compared to the elderly population.
  • Stroke (MAY 15)Neurological Assessments. American Heart Association CE activity. $12-15 cost. The assessment of stroke patients takes place within the larger entity called the Standard Neurologic Examination. Although the healthcare provider's responsibility may be primarily to complete a neurologic assessment form or stroke scale, the conscientious health professional will benefit from a broader knowledge of Standard Neurologic Examinations. The purpose of this course is to educate the viewer on the standard neurologic examination.
  • Stroke (MAY 15)Stroke 101: Anatomy and Physiology. American Heart Association CE activity. $8-10 cost. Stroke is a complex disease caused by the disruption of blood flow to a part of the brain. This course will provide an overview of the brain's anatomy, explain the physiology related to the different types of stroke and discuss the basic imaging techniques used in stroke care diagnosis and management.
  • Stroke (MAY 31)Stroke Risks and Prevention and Patient Education. American Heart Association CE activity. $12-15 cost. This course discusses the importance of providing care throughout the continuum of care for stroke patients, including identifying a patient's risk factors, goals, needs and abilities. Education is key for both patients and care partners. The patient may not be able to receive or understand information, so communication with the families is essential. The ultimate goals are to return the stroke patient to the most optimal level of living, and to integrate the patient back into the community.
Holidays and National Observances:
This month and next
July 2020
  • 4 - Independence Day
Current News:
Breaking news, industry-related trends, interesting statistics, new studies, relevant surveys, press mentions, and local news.
Article Series
Online Articles
American Heart Association Podcasts on SoundCloud Health Literacy Out Loud: Know Diabetes by Heart Podcast: 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.
Partner Newsletters - Latest Edition
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) World Hypertension League (quarterly) World Stroke Organization (Monthly Newsletter)
Tools / Resources:
Tools and resources for both public and private entities
  • Cholesterol (Jan) How Does Your Cholesterol Affect You? Take a time out for this assessment to learn some tips that can be helpful in keeping your LDL under control.
  • Public Health (MAY) - Public Health Professionals Gateway. State, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) Collaboration Space from CDC. If you work for a state, tribal, local, or territorial public health department, register to access free, customizable CDC tools and resources that can enhance your communication efforts. Communication Resource Center (CRC). Customizable materials include design templates, matte articles, podcasts, medical illustrations, videos, rights-free photography, and more. Registration required.
  • CVD (MAY 11) Cardiovascular Care and Telemedicine. YouTube from Partnership to Advance Cardio Health. Telemedicine provides a lifeline, keeping patients and providers connected during turbulent times.
  • Stroke (MAY) Know Stroke. 8:17 minutes from the National Institutes of Health.
Documents: Paper/Electronic/Printable
  • Stroke (Nov 2019) Stroke Riskometer app from the World Stroke Organization available on Apple App Store and Google Play. Stroke Riskometer™ is a unique and easy to use tool for assessing your individual risk of a stroke in the next five or ten years and what you can do to reduce the risk. The app can also give you an indication of your risk of heart attack, dementia, and diabetes.
  • CVD (MAY) Heart Healthy Toolbox. 75-pages from Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA).
  • HTN (MAY) Hypertension Control Change Package, Second Edition. From Million Hearts. The Hypertension Control Change Package (HCCP) was originally published in 2015 and has been used in the field to improve hypertension (HTN) control by a variety of health centers and clinics. New clinical guidelines, development of new resources, and general advances in quality improvement for HTN management prompted the need for this updated version. Download the PDF Version. For the second edition of the HCCP, published in 2020, we:
    • Reached out to the Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Champions to gather their tested tools and resources that enabled them to reach high levels of HTN control with their patients.
    • Included more self-measured blood pressure (SMBP)-focused content with tools and resources.
    • Showcased more tools to find patients with potentially undiagnosed HTN.
    • Added new strategies that focus on chronic kidney disease testing and identification.
  • Stroke (MAY) Toolkits and Posters. From the National Institutes of Health.
  • Stroke (Nov 2019) Advocacy Toolkit from the World Stroke Organization. The WSO Advocacy Toolkit is for individuals and organizations seeking to advance stroke policy, elevate the issue of stroke to improve stroke awareness, prevention, treatment and support by driving change through governments and institutions.
  • Stroke (Nov 2019) Stroke Support Organizations (SSOs) toolkit from the World Stroke Organization
  • Stroke (Oct 2019) Roadmap To Delivering Quality Stroke Care from the World Stroke Organization. The WSO Roadmap to Delivering Quality Stroke Care is an implementation resource to accompany the WSO Global Stroke Services Guideline and Action Plan. This roadmap provides the framework for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of stroke services globally. It provides standardization and consistency for the selection of evidence-based recommendations, approaches to implementations in clinical practice, and the calculation of performance measures to create an environment of continuous quality improvement.
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: July 28, 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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