Thursday, February 26, 2015

Save the Date June 12 for Chronic Disease Prevention Conference

Evidence-based Solutions for Prediabetes and Hypertension:
Shifting the Practice Paradigm

Learn evidence-based strategies that can support the prevention and management of cardiovascular-related chronic diseases. Take away tools to translate evidence into practice.

This half-day event, designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses and pharmacists, will feature panel presentations on the following topics:

  • National Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Self-measured blood pressure monitoring
  • Medication Therapy Management
  • Incorporating the Community Health Worker and Patient Navigator in the care team
DATE: Friday, June 12, 2015
TIME: 8 A.M. to 2 P.M.
LOCATION: The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center,
200 Inverness Drive West, Englewood, CO 80112
COST: Free

Event seating is limited. Priority will be given to clinical provider audience members. Formal registration to follow. 

Continuing Education credits will be available.
This event aligns with the Million Hearts® initiative.*


Omar Hasan, MBBS, MPH, MS, FACP
Vice President, Improving Health Outcomes, American Medical Association

Terri Richardson, MD 
Internal Medicine, Kaiser Permanente 

For more information, visit

* "The Million Hearts® word and logo marks, and the Be One in a Million Hearts® slogan and logo marks and associated trade dress are owned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Use of these marks does not imply endorsement by HHS. Use of the Marks also does not necessarily imply that the materials have been reviewed or approved by HHS."

Million Hearts in Colorado: Webinar: Exploring the Use of Electronic Health Records to Support Tobacco Cessation and Million Hearts

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. The use of electronic health records can play an important role in improving health by supporting tobacco cessation efforts.

This webinar, hosted by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) will explore and identify opportunities for using electronic health records (EHRs) to improve two of the ABCS of Million Hearts: smoking cessation efforts and improving blood pressure control. Hosts will provide an overview and national perspective of EHR use, state and local examples, and available resources to support these efforts.

The intended audience for this webinar includes state health agencies, local health agencies and community based clinics.

Exploring the Use of Electronic Health Records to Support Tobacco Cessation and Million Hearts, Monday, April 13, 2015 from -2:30 PM ET 

A recording of the webinar and slides will be made available on the ASTHO and NACCHO website within 2 weeks of the webinar. Visit ASTHO's Tobacco website to read more about tobacco regulations, view state case studies, and access more tobacco resources.

High blood pressure management is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.  Colorado participates in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

CDPHE Congratulates the 2014 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge Champions

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Million Hearts® initiative recognized 30 public and private health care practices and systems across the country for their outstanding achievements in hypertension control. We are especially proud to highlight that two of this year's Champions are Colorado-based:
Colorado Springs Health Partners, Colorado Springs, CO
Denver Health Community Health Services, Denver, CO
Each of the winning health care professionals and their teams achieved demonstrable blood pressure control for at least 70% of their patients with hypertension through the application of evidence-based strategies, including the use of health information technology and electronic health records, patient communication, and team based care approaches. Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has hypertension. Only half have it under control, putting them at greater risk of developing heart disease or stroke—two of the leading causes of death in the U.S.  Million Hearts® launched the Hypertension control challenge in 2012 to identify prevention strategies that help detect high blood pressure, connect patients to care, and achieve control.
A full list of the Champions and resources can be found on the Million Hearts® website. All materials have been cleared for public use and dissemination. CDPHE supports CDC and Million Hearts® in their efforts to share and proliferate the great work being led by these Champions, and innumerable others nationwide. This is a valuable opportunity to share in the success of our partners and underscore how evidence-based strategies and health systems changes can play an important role in controlling high blood pressure. 

Again, we commend these local and national Champions on their exceptional efforts, and look forward to continuing to support the work of Million Hearts® to protect the heart health of all Coloradans.

Colorado participates in the Million Hearts® Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. You can participate too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

2014 Health of Denver report emphasizes prevention, equity and built environment

Health equity, prevention and the importance of place are among the overarching themes identified as key to improving Denver’s health, according to the recently completed 2014 Health of Denver Report. Denver’s new community health assessment provides an overview of the most pressing health concerns affecting Denver residents. Last completed in 2011, the 2014 report focused on the following factors:

o Equity – Health outcomes vary between some neighborhoods and demographic groups.
o Prevention – Many of Denver’s leading causes of death, disease and injury are preventable.
o Importance of place – Health is linked to the places where people live, work, learn and play.

The report covers successes in health access, teen births, heart disease and tobacco use as well as continuing challenges in obesity, mental health and substance abuse.

To view the full report or learn more about Be Healthy Denver, visit

Tri-County Health Department Hiring Chronic Disease Policy Specialist

Tri-County Health Department has an opening for a Chronic Disease Policy Specialist. This person will be a member of the Chronic Disease, Injury, and Tobacco Prevention Team providing policy expertise for all levels of policy efforts related to chronic diseases, injuries, mental/behavioral health, and tobacco prevention. Requires a Master’s degree and a minimum of 3 years related experience. Full job description and advertisement can be found here: The position will be open until March 11, and anyone interested should send a cover letter and resume to

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NACDD presents "Whole Child" webinar

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors presents "Reaching the Whole Child: New Opportunities for Integrating Health and Education in the New WSCC Model"

This webinar will highlight the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model (released in 2014 from ASCD and CDC), which focuses on a collaborative approach to learning and health, and builds on elements of the traditional coordinated school health approach and the Whole Child Framework.

Click HERE to register. 

LiveWell Colorado hiring

At LiveWell Colorado, your work makes Coloradans healthier. LiveWell Colorado's multi-disciplinary team of professionals will take a leadership role in reversing obesity trends in Colorado. Working with leaders in a variety of sectors, LiveWell Colorado's team will have the unique opportunity to impact people's lives every day.

LiveWell Colorado has career opportunities listed below. Collaborative leaders with a passion for health and wellness and a commitment to excellence are encouraged to apply. LiveWell Colorado provides a work environment that supports the health and wellness of its employees.

Director of LiveWell@School Food Initiative

The Director of the School Food Initiative leads the coordination and implementation of LiveWell Colorado’s healthy eating and active living strategies in school districts throughout the State of Colorado. The Director works as part of a talented team at LiveWell Colorado with the opportunity to plan and execute a flagship school nutrition program that has reached to date more than 600,000 students in 98 school districts. The position allows for a high level of autonomy, initiative, and the ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of partners. The role presents an exciting opportunity to play a key entrepreneurial role in an organization seen as a national model for engaging political and civic leadership, local communities, school districts, the business community and public health professionals to promote healthy eating and activing living and reduce obesity. Deadline to apply is March 13, 2015.

Communications Manager

The Communications Manager will produce and manage multi?channel communications for a nationally?recognized, statewide organization dedicated to reducing obesity through the promotion of healthy eating and active living. This is an exciting opportunity to work creatively in a mission-driven organization focused on advancing the health and wellbeing of all Coloradans. Deadline to apply is March 20, 2015.

Policy & Communications Coordinator

The Policy and Communications Coordinator provides critical communications and administrative support to advance LiveWell Colorado’s policy agenda, platforms, and organizational goals. Deadline to apply is March 20, 2015.