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

Chronic Disease Connections  

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...

Archive Issues

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-January 2017  

Check-out these articles and links:

  • New resources on Undiagnosed Hypertension and how you can identify patients within your health system or clinic.
  • Study examines prevalence of chronic hepatitis B in T2D.
  • Million Hearts achievements through 2017 and the efforts planned for its extension for the next 5 years.
  • Study: HBP now associated with poverty.
  • USPSTF releases Sixth Annual Report to Congress on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services.
  • Study: Low-dose aspirin doesn't affect CV event risk.

Chronic Disease Connections - December 2016  

Check-out these resources:

  • CMS approves YMCA diabetes prevention program for expansion.
  • Study questions validity of prediabetes screening tool.
  • People over age 30 account for half of new DT1 cases.
  • New CDC Vital Signs on Medication Adherence.
  • HHS awards more than $87 million for health centers' IT enhancements.
  • New review on the efficacy and safety of statin therapy.
  • More on SMBP (Self -Measured blood pressure monitoring).

Chronic Disease Connections-October-November 2016  

Check-out these new resources:

  • CDC reports and maps regarding Diabetes prevalence in the US 1994 to 2014.
  • ASTHO releases searchable library on Million Hearts tools and resources.
  • Stroke patients' likelihood of receiving tPA affected by age, sex and race (analysis of 60,000 stroke patients.
  • AMA enhances geospatial mapping tool

Chronic Disease Connections - September 2016  

Follow links to see the following resources:

  •  Research on how flu vaccine can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease in people with T2D.
  • Issue Brief and Virtual Roundtable Summary regarding identifying Undiagnosed Hypertension.
  • New Iowa Prediabetes/Diabetes Referral Flow Chart developed by IDPH.
  • New Care Model for tracking patients between visits.

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.

Chronic Disease Connections - January 2016  

Iowa climbs two spots in national health rankings. The five National Diabetes Prevention Program location sites in Iowa. Healthy Iowans input needed. IDPH Oral Health Report released: 2015 Burden of Oral Health in Iowa.

Chronic Disease Connections - December 2015  

Obesity costing Medicaid programs $8 billion a year, research suggests. Breast feeding linked to reduced risk of T2D in mothers with previous gestational diabetes. USPSTF continues to support blood pressure screening, adds recommendation for measurements outside the clinical setting. AMA Practice News: 5 things every modern medical practice needs.

Chronic Disease Connections - October 2015  

2015 U.S. News and World Report recognized Hospitals. Nominations now open for 2015 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Champions--be the first Iowa health system to be recognized! Higher A1c levels tied to increased dementia risk in adults with T2D. Tools and resources: State strategies to improve health and control costs.

Chronic Disease Connections - September 2015  

Upcoming training opportunities for peer leader candidates for Better Choices, Better Health. AHA Circulation journal article on the current science on consumer use of mobile health for cardiovascular disease prevention. New CDC fact sheets related to smoking cessation for specific populations or health concerns now available to download and print.

Chronic Disease Connections - August 2015  

Promoting Medication Adherence in Diabetes, NDEP web resource now available. New Million Hearts campaign targets African American men. Data indicate that more than 90% of Americans consume too much sodium. PCORI funding a new randomized controlled trial to determine whether low- or standard-dose aspirin is better for preventing heart attacks and strokes in patients with coronary artery disease at Duke University.


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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.