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ISSUE 282  |  May 9, 2022
In this issue:
From Your Colleagues

April CVH Council Call Summary

Jim Peacock (MN), CVH Council chair, led the call that 63 participants attended. 
  • A presentation on Review of State Level Processes for Advancing Community Health Worker Development was given by members of the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Applied Research and Evaluation Team. A summary of the research study can be found here:
    • An interactive website with this information will be available in late fall 2022.
    • This study uses publicly available information. If your state information is not included, please contact Ami Bhatt, MPH ( or Cidney Wilson, MPH, CHES (
  • The Evaluation Peer Network (EPN) Report
    • A summary of the March 9, 2022, call was provided. The purpose of the call was to understand Category B recipients’ preferences for technical assistance and opportunities to improve technical assistance.
    • An invitation to join the EPN call was extended for Wednesday, May 11, 2-3:00 p.m. ET, to hear Robert Merritt, Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch Chief and Michael Schooley, Applied Research. Register now at this link
  • CVH Area Network Report
    • To assess the effectiveness of CVH Area Networks (CANs), NACDD implemented an evaluation in January 2021.
    • The evaluation results indicated the need to adjust the call schedule to increase state-state connections and to allow for more specific topic discussions. The next set of quarterly calls will be led by Area 1-4 CAN liaisons, and each call will have a specific topic. All calls are open to all states. More information and registration for these calls will be in Off the Cuff later in May.
    • The CVH Team is also working to develop a CAN webpage to highlight this peer-to-peer opportunity.
    • For further information, contact Julia Schneider ( or Kayla Craddock (
  • Health Equity Council Report
    • Nicole Hamlet (VT) was welcomed as the new Health Equity Council liaison
    • The Health Equity Council will be releasing a primer on advancing health equity within State Health Departments. Stay tuned for more information!
  • GIS Report
    • The next regularly scheduled GIS mini-webinar training will focus on cartographic best practices and has been rescheduled to start in August. For a list of the GIS trainings coming up, click here.
  • Diabetes Council Report

Evaluation Peer Network Call: Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 2 - 3:00 p.m. ET


Join us to hear Michael Schooley, Chief of the Applied Research and Evaluation Branch (AREB) and Robert Merritt, Chief of the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch (ESB), from the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention provide an overview of the broader work and products they’ve developed related to epidemiology, surveillance, evaluation, and translation. AREB leads program evaluation, applied research, research translation, and public health economics research to support cardiovascular disease prevention and management while assuring health equity advancement. ESB tracks trends in risk factors and outcomes utilizing epidemiology and surveillance, health services research, and small area analyses to support evidence-based practice and programs related to cardiovascular disease.

Register now!

Please note that the focus of this call is related to the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. Diabetes will not be discussed on this call.

If you have questions for either presenter, please email Miriam Patanian at If you need technical assistance, please contact your CDC project officer. 

Calls and Webinars Worth Your Time


Coffee Break: Implementation Guide for Public Health Practitioners: The Grady Heart Failure Program: A Model to Address Health Equity Barriers, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Sponsor: CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

Racism has created a system of health disparities among communities of color in the United States, which has led to poorer cardiovascular health outcomes. As a result, Black people in the U.S. African Americans are more likely to develop heart disease at earlier ages, have higher rates of congestive heart failure, and have greater mortality rates when compared to their White counterparts.

As part of our efforts to advance health equity, CDC’s Applied Research and Evaluation Branch published its latest implementation guide, The Grady Heart Failure Program: A Model to Address Health Equity Barriers for Public Health Practitioners. The Grady Heart Failure Program is a hospital-based intervention that addresses socioeconomic barriers to care among heart failure patients and was chosen for an effectiveness evaluation. CDC’s guide includes how to get started with a health equity-focused program, core elements of the Grady Heart Failure Program, program monitoring and evaluation, and key considerations for implementation.

The guide is intended for public health practitioners and healthcare professionals focused on improving health equity and who would like to replicate key aspects in their own programs. This Coffee Break will provide an overview of the guide and will highlight how public health and healthcare professionals can use the guide to improve health equity and eliminate barriers to health.

Click here, Passcode: Cp=%5X5i to join the webinar.

Past presentations are available at the Coffee Breaks archive on the CDC Website.

News and Resources from CDC, NACDD, and National Partners

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released new guidelines regarding low-dose aspirin use

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released new guidelines stating that people over the age of 60 shouldn’t take low-dose aspirin for prevention of heart disease. Such revisions were issued after research found increased incidences of major bleeding because of regular aspirin use. The USPSTF highly encourages individuals to speak with their health care provider to determine if regularly taking aspirin would be appropriate.

From CDC: May is National Stroke Awareness Month


Stroke is a leading cause of death and serious disability nationwide and around the world—but it doesn’t have to be. Learn how you can help educate people in your community with this CDC Toolkit for National Stroke Awareness Month.

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