Chronic Disease Connections

An e-bulletin created for healthcare system professionals that are working with patients to control their hypertension and manage their diabetes A1c levels.

Current Issue

January 2018 Chronic Disease Connections  

This first issue of 2018 has a new format consistent with the Million Hearts 2022 Initiative. Check-out the new format!

Archive Issues

Chronic Disease Connections - June 2017  

Check-out the many resources and training opportunities this month.

Chronic Disease Connections - May 2017  

Check-out these articles or links:

  • Iowa Health Systems--you could be a 2016 Million Hearts Champion--apply NOW through June 2, 2017 if your clinic or clinical health system has a 70% hypertension control rate.
  • Study shows that loss of small blood vessels tied to heart attack risk in diabetes.
  • New USPSTF Guidelines for Aspiring use released on April 6, 2017.
  • Non-adherence to prescribed medicationa is an "Epidemic" in the US.
  • Research: Younger patients who need statins may not be getting them.
  • CMS encourages physicians to bill for coordinated care services.
  • Lots of new resources and training including podcasts and videos.

Chronic Disease Connections-April 2017  

Check-out some of this month's links:

  • A1c link with mortality risk in older patients
  • The genetics of blood pressure
  • Exercise more important for CV Health in older patients than BMI
  • Vitamin D deficiency may increase total cholesterol 
  • Joan Lunden broadcasts ground-breaking mini-series on Diabetes directed at the public
  • Lots of new resources for medical providers...

Chronic Disease Connections - March 2017  

Registration link for the 2017 Iowa Governor's Conference on Public Health (April 11-12, 2017).

Check-out the many new resources that are included in this issue:

  • HHQI's Progressive Cardiovascular Learning & Action Network best practice intervention packages and clinician and patient videos
  • Partnering with Food Service to Reduce Sodium: A Toolkit for Public Health Practitioners
  • Cut Down on Sodium resource to share with patients in English and Spanish. 
  • 2015 BRFSS Tables released by CDC
  • Free/Low-cost Health Advertisements and Materials from the CDC's Community Health Media Center. 

Chronic Disease Connections - February 2017  

Check out the following articles or links:

  • Health Promotion is Newsworthy: New CDC Winnable Battles 2010-2015 is published covering 7 public health areas: tobacco, Nutrition/Physical Activity/Obesity, Food Safety, Healthcare-Associated Infections, Motor Vehicle Injuries, Teen Pregnancy, and HIV.
  • Learn how to embed Million Hearts clinical quality improvement tools and resources onto your web page.
  • American Heart Month statistics.
  • Register for March 14, 2017 Iowa Healthcare Collaborative's Patient Safety Conference.
  • New Tobacco Free Toolkit with behavioral health therapies and protocols.
  • Lots of new resources including studies and tools on Population Health Management Software and Increased Consumer Utilization of Digital Health.
  • Study: Cost, quality improvements in value-based care take time

Chronic Disease Connections - August 2016  

Check-out these new resources: Million Hearts releases new Undiagnosed Hypertension video, tools and case studies. Prevention Institute presents an exploratory methodology for disrupting the pathway that leads to high utilization by applying a community-wide prevention lens to the challenges of high utilization.

Chronic Disease Connections - July 2016  

IDPH issues RFP: Clinical Innovations for Prediabetes Assessment and Referral; applications due 8/15/2016.  Online training in Motivational Interviewing for healthcare professionals through the University of Colorado College of Nursing.

Chronic Disease Connections - June 2016  

Prevention Institute issues new report: A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity. Million Hearts Initiative announces 2015 Hypertension Control Champions. HHS Secretary Burwell unveils proposal to expand diabetes prevention under Medicare.

Chronic Disease Connections - May 2016  

CDC says life expectancy on a slight decline for white Americans in 2014. Recordings of webcast on Undiagnosed Hypertension now available. New toolkit for improving HBP from the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality. Algorithm helps individualize HbA1c targets in T2 Diabetes.

Chronic Disease Connections - April 2016  

New study points out that few Americans have all four basic characteristics of a healthy lifestyle. Providers may be missing chances to treat prediabetes. US heart disease death rates declining, but changes vary by region. U of I pharmacist, Barry L. Carter PharmD, interviewed on the role of pharmacists in group practice management of hypertension and other cardiovascular risk factors.

Chronic Disease Connections - March 2016  

ACA reducing hospital readmissions, study finds. AHA reports that heart disease is underdiagnosed and undertreated in women. Million Hearts adds Hypertension Prevalence Estimator to its website.

Chronic Disease Connections - February 2016   

DASH Eating Plan ranks best for 6th time in annual diet rankings. USPSTF releases draft recommendation on who should use statins for comments. New Research: Excess sodium remains common in United States.


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This e-Bulletin is developed by the Iowa Department of Public Health-Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Control Partnership. The e-Bulletin was created as a resource for Iowa health care systems and their provider who work with patients to control their diabetes and high blood pressure.  Additional information regarding this IDPH program can be found at: http://idph.iowa.gov/hpcdp/partnership.

The Editors are:
Terry Y. Meek, Health Systems Coordinator
Laurene Hendricks, Linkage/Diabetes Coordinator

This e-Bulletin is supported by a Cooperative Agreement #DP004807 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the Iowa Department of Public Health.