Tuesday, March 19, 2019

CV Primary Prevention Guidelines Updated

Medpage Today

NEW ORLEANS -- Aspirin got downgraded while heart-beneficial diabetes medications got a boost in updated primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) guidelines.

Other key additions to the American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association guidelines were prominent endorsements of team-based care, shared-decision making, and considering social determinants of health.




Robert Wood Johnson County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Our 2019 Rankings are here!
The 2019 Rankings are now available on our website! With this year’s release, we’re excited to bring you updated community health information for your county, summary reports that explore health differences across the nation, and new guidance to help you understand and use the Rankings where you live. See below for details.
Updated data and new measures
Search for your state or county on our website. As you explore your snapshot, look for new measures that help illustrate how counties are faring: 
  • Severe Housing Cost Burden
  • Homeownership
  • Life Expectancy

Additionally, within our Quality of Care measures we’ve added a new ranked measure for Flu Vaccinations and updated the data source for the ranked measures of Preventable Hospital Stays and Mammography Screening.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Million Hearts Recognition and CDPHE funding applications due


Health professionals, practices, and health systems that have achieved hypertension control rates of at least 80% are eligible to enter the 2019 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge. Colorado congratulates the following 2018 Champions:

David Yamamoto, MD, Peak to Peak Family Medicine in Arvada; High Plains Community Health Center Holly Clinic in Holly; Hinman Family Medicine in Longmont and Southern Colorado Medicine in Colorado Springs.


If your practice has achieved a blood pressure control rate of at least 80 percent for patients with hypertension, you can join this stellar group of providers by submitting an application to be a Million Hearts 2019 Hypertension Control Champion. Applications are due April 1.

Not at 80% yet? We can help! CDPHE's Request for Applications #11460 is a combined effort from multiple chronic disease prevention and management programs at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to promote and improve chronic disease and health outcomes among underserved Coloradans. This funding opportunity incorporates many of the services provided through the WISEWOMAN program, the Clinic Quality Improvement for Population Health Initiative and the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management program. Applications are due March 31.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The equity argument: South side park to help balance Cortez

Cortez City Park, Parque de Vida, Centennial Park, Montezuma Park and the Cortez Recreation Center share a common bond.

All large city parks and municipal green spaces in Cortez sit on the north side of Main Street, or U.S. Highway 160, leaving south side residents with fewer no-cost recreation opportunities than their northern counterparts.

“There really isn’t a major park on the south side of town, and I think it’s unrealistic to expect the south side residents to be driving to the north side to use it,” Cortez Parks and Recreation Director Dean Palmquist said.

Cortez has a $4 million plan to change that. Read the full story.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Loneliness and Heart Disease, Part 3 of 3: What can providers do about loneliness (and other social determinants of health)?


On the latest episode of The Dose, host Shanoor Seervai talks to Amanda Brewster, a health policy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, about how health care organizations can work with groups providing social services to get older people the care they need. While most conversations about health care focus on medical issues, Brewster’s work is part of a growing body of research showing that social factors — like food, housing, and transportation  can have a big impact on our health as well. Read more here.

Also, check out this handy chart from the Oregon Primary Care Association which cross-references ICD-10 codes with clinical and community linkage interventions.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Healthier Rural West Summit March 19-21

The Healthier Rural West Summit will be held March 19-21 in Salt Lake City, UT and promises to be an engaging and productive experience for all participants. The Summit is a two-day, strategic gathering of stakeholders from across the Rural West that will inspire vision of rural cooperation and leadership in the information and health economies.

Please reach out to your colleagues and networks to see if they would like to attend the Summit.

As an incentive, pre-registration is a great way to save money as the admission price for the Summit will increase by $100 for tickets sold at the door. 

To register or get more information visit http://healthierruralwestsummit.org
Watch video at https://vimeo.com/299019240

Loneliness and Heart Disease, Part 2 of 3: How can providers measure loneliness?


Loneliness has been linked to poorer health outcomes and increased healthcare utilization. The UCLA Loneliness Scale is an evidence based tool that accurately assesses loneliness among patients. This tool is free for anyone to use, and you do not need permission to use it from its creator. You will notice that the scale does not ever use the word “lonely” and simply asks questions that are closely related to feeling lonely. 

Another tool to help measure loneliness (and other social and behavioral determinants of health) is the Protocol for Responding to and Assessing Patients’ Assets, Risks, andExperiences (PRAPARE), a national effort to help health centers and other providers collect the data needed to better understand and act on their patients’ social determinants of health. With data on the social determinants of health, health centers and other providers can define and document the increased complexity of their patients, transform care with integrated services and community partnerships to meet the needs of their patients, advocate for change in their communities, and demonstrate the value they bring to patients, communities, and payers.