Monday, August 10, 2020

Chronic Disease and Tobacco Strategic Planning: Your Voice Matters

Planning to inform Colorado’s Chronic Disease and Tobacco Strategic Plans is currently underway. Your input will help to set the direction for collaborative partner action and grant programs across Colorado for years to come.

There are several opportunities to get involved:

Surveys (English and Spanish): There are two surveys: 1 for Tobacco and 1 for Chronic Disease (with English and Spanish versions of each survey). You can answer the whole survey or only the sections that are most interesting to you.

Virtual Engagement Sessions: There are virtual sessions happening throughout August. Sign up for a virtual session with others from your region of the state or join another session if that date works better for you. You are welcome to join more than one session.

Learn more about the strategic planning process, take the survey, and register for virtual engagement sessions.

Please participate and help us spread the word about these opportunities by sharing this information widely with your networks and encouraging partners to engage.

CDPHE maintains a strong commitment to health and racial equity as a foundation for all the work we do. Advancing health and racial equity through programmatic and policy efforts is our highest priority. Your input is valuable and needed as we collaboratively shape the future of tobacco control and chronic disease prevention and management in Colorado.

Loneliness and Isolation Impact Health New Survey Finds


Loneliness and social isolation are public health issues that affect millions of older adults in the US. 1 in 3 U.S. adults age 45 and older are lonely, with profound effects on health. The health risks of prolonged isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. 

Friday, September 28 is National Good Neighbor Day, an opportunity to celebrate your neighbors and the communities you live in while showing the many benefits - such as improved health - of connecting with people around us. Visit nationalgoodneighborday.com for more information.


New Tool on Tracking Social Determinants of Health Using Z Codes


Health outcomes can be impacted by a variety of conditions under which people are born, grow, live, work and age. The use of Z codes has been identified as a way of clinically documenting these patient barriers in the EHR.

CDPHE's Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management Unit has developed a new resource highlighting the use of Z Codes to better understand population-level social determinants of health needs.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Community Preventive Services Task Force Finds Pharmacy Interventions Cost-Effective

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) finds tailored pharmacy-based interventions to increase medication adherence are cost-effective for cardiovascular disease prevention. When used for cardiovascular disease management, these interventions can lead to a favorable return on investment. The systematic review of economic evidence included 38 studies published through May 2019.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Reminder - Strategic Planning Sessions This Week

CDPHE’s Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Branch is currently engaging in strategic planning efforts to inform the direction of Colorado’s Tobacco and Chronic Disease programs. CDPHE maintains a strong commitment to health and racial equity as a foundation for all the work we do. Our vision is that every Coloradan has equitable access to opportunities to thrive regardless of who they are or where they live. Advancing health and racial equity through programmatic and policy efforts is our highest priority. Your input is valuable and needed as we collaboratively determine our path forward to advance our tobacco and chronic disease efforts.

Identifying Patients With Undiagnosed Hypertension

Are there patients in your health center with undiagnosed hypertension, hiding in plain sight? Hypertension lacks visible symptoms, so patients may not know that they have it.
  • Of the 75 million Americans who have hypertension, almost half do not have the condition under control.
  • About 11 million of them don’t know their blood pressure is too high and are not receiving treatment to control it.
CDC’s Million Hearts® initiative recommends four steps to help your health center identify these patients. Watch a video and see the steps.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Telehealth Information for Patients Now Available in Spanish


HHS’ telehealth website now provides information in Spanish to help patients understand what types of care are available, how to prepare for a telehealth visit, and tips on finding telehealth options. Provider information will be available in Spanish soon.