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New online calculator measures heart disease risk

A new Healthy Heart Score developed by researchers at Harvard  School of Public Health gives individuals an easy method to estimate their risk of developing cardiovascular disease based on simple lifestyle habits: https://healthyheartscore.sph.harvard.edu/

Try it out for yourself today!

 

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Giving Thanks for the Little Things

The Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults

A survey of older people in 11 countries finds that U.S. adults are sicker than their counterparts abroad, as well as the most likely to have problems paying their medical bills and getting needed healthcare. U.S. adults also reported difficulty getting care in a timely fashion and using emergency departments for issues that a primary care physician could treat.

Among the bright spots for the United States: having a care plan for chronic illness, and planning for end-of-life care.

Building on approaches such as the Chronic Care Model, which has been widely adopted around the world, countries are testing new ways to deliver care, moving services from institutions into the community and home, and empowering patients to manage their conditions with technology. Similarly, countries are using new payment systems, including risk sharing, shared savings models, and bundled payment, to foster better communication among providers, care coordination, and accountability.

Click here for the full article                                                                                                     Read below for more information on a grant opportunity

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international study

Is your organization moving in the right direction to help older adults with chronic conditions? Are you providing evidence-based programs to people that fit this description? Are you looking to expand or strengthen community collaborations with other service providers including healthcare?

The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the BUILD Health Challenge will give two kinds of awards – planning and implementation awards – to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofits, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. In addition to grants, awardees will have access to a broad range of support services, including technical assistance, coaching and access to networks of population health innovators.

Important Dates:

December 2, 4, and 9: Q&A Web conferences for potential participants

January 16, 2015: Round 1 applications due

February 12, 2015: Invitations extended to select applicants for Round 2

April 10, 2015: Round 2 applications due

June 9, 2015: Awardees announced

 

Read the Call for Applications here

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QTAC News You Can Use

 

 

towncrierThe MP3 downloads are now available!

 

Audio books for Living a Healthy Life and Tomando Control

Bull Publishing is pleased to introduce the newest audiobooks:

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, US 4th Edition – AUDIOBOOK
<https://www.bullpub.com/catalog/living-a-healthy-life-with-chronic-conditio
ns-4th-edition-audio
>

*       Set of CDs – $26.36 each
*       MP3 files – $18.36 (for single copy downloads only)

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,
<https://www.bullpub.com/catalog/living-a-healthy-life-with-chronic-conditio
ns-canadian-edition-4th-edition-audiobook-mp3
>  CANADIAN 4th Edition -
AUDIOBOOK

*       Set of CDs – $26.36 each
*       MP3 files – $18.36 (for single copy downloads only)

Tomando control de su salud, 4th Edition
<https://www.bullpub.com/catalog/Tomando-control-de-su-salud-4th-edition>  -
AUDIOBOOK

*       MP3 files – $18.36 (for single copy downloads only)
*       Set of CDs coming in 2015

You can listen to samples of the US and Canadian audiobooks on their product
pages.

They  offer a 20% discount off the regular price from their website. Purchase at:
https://www.bullpub.com/packages/chronic-disease-self-management-program-mat
erials-order-form

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terials-order-form%20
>

Please feel free to contact Bull Publishing with your questions at (800) 676-2855 or sales@bullpub.com

 

 

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How Effective are Diabetes Prevention Programs?

This link contains a new CDC Expert Commentary on Medscape, “How Effective Are Diabetes Prevention Programs?” helps clinicians understand more about the role of the National Diabetes Prevention Program in preventing type 2 diabetes in their patients at high risk.

 

 The guest expert is Dr. Ann Albright, PhD, RD, Director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Listen as she talks about the National Diabetes Prevention Program and what the CDC is doing about the epidemic.

 

Please share this link with your clinical partners and others as part of your work on prediabetes awareness and diabetes primary prevention: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/831948. (Note: Users new to Medscape must set up an account and identify a user ID and password. The user account is free.)

 

For a transcript of the video address, click here: Medscape Expert Commentary

 

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NYS Prevention Agenda is Back

prevention agenda

Back with a bunch of stories about promoting Evidence-based Self-Management Programs to providers.

Register now for this free webinar on August 27, 2014 from 12-1pm ET

The Webinar will result in the participants ability to :

  • List three reasons why health care providers and organizations should develop linkages to self-management programs for patients with chronic conditions.
  • Identify two barriers experienced by primary care practices in consistently referring patients to self-management programs, and how to overcome them.
  • Describe two outcomes that primary care providers often observe in their patients who complete a self-management program.
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Medical Homes are a growing reality

And who wouldn’t want the comforts of home?

firside A nice, cozy place to rest your weary body and get some much needed R&R when the time becomes necessary…Wait a minute! The Medical Home, or Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), isn’t a place to bring our weary, aged and sick bodies and minds but a concept, a model of organized care that delivers the core functions of primary health care (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality).  As I recently saw in an ad for a large, nationwide health insurer it is Health + Care.  Clever, yes?

Working with PCMHs isn’t a new concept to our QTAC partners. Now with the dawning of the Affordable Care Act and it’s emphasis on PCMH. The NCQA Standards for PCMH are the industry’s accepted standards for PCMH recognition.  Recognition that many practices and providers from across the country stride for and who may be in various stages of completion.

One health care system in particular and a QTAC partner, the Glen Falls Hospital, was recently featured in an Albany Times Union article with a focus on the “Medical Home”. The hospital system is involved in a larger, regional effort to change the delivery of healthcare to Health + Care for North Country residents. The pilot project is called the Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot.

Tell us what you think of the concept and whether your actively working to become, or work with, a PCMH. We just might be able to help!

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Common Ground

 

The Common Ground Community is a space for Lifestyle Coaches to learn, connect, and work together with other Lifestyle Coaches who are delivering lifestyle change programs that are proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.  The Common Ground Community provides Lifestyle Coaches with helpful resources, tips for delivering the program, and opportunities to ask questions of other Lifestyle Coaches around the country.

The new CDC Common Ground Learning community is specifically for NDPP Lifestyle Coaches with organizations that have received pending recognition status from the CDC to deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

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SPHCPHCE

 

Prevention Agenda Webinar Series

Measuring Interim Progress and Success in the
New York State Prevention Agenda

July 31, 2014, 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT

The Prevention Agenda (2013-17) is the blue print for action to improve and promote the health of all New Yorkers. The Prevention Agenda Dashboard provides a means of tracking health indicators at the state and county levels. But how can you tell if local strategies are really contributing to “moving the needle” on Prevention Agenda health indicators? This one hour webinar is an introduction to measuring progress and success through robust local level evaluation projects. It will present a framework for evaluating chronic disease prevention programs, use of the framework to design successful evaluation projects and provide two specific examples of local evaluation projects.

For a full description of this program please visit our website or download the informa tional flyer.

To register for this free LIVE WEBINAR please complete the registration form below.

Click here to Register

Call us at 518.402.0330 or e-mail coned@albany.edu if you need assistance.

Thank you!

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Interested in Community to Clinical Linkages?

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 A Practical Playbook:  Public Health & Primary Care Together is a new, interactive website that was unveiled in March by the de Beaumont Foundation, Duke Community and Family Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It is designed to promote and facilitate collaborative health projects between public health officers and primary care providers.

Of particular interest are:

The stages of integration 

The value of working together

Cross-cutting topics

What do you need to know about the this subject in order to put it into action? Tell us your thoughts on the matter.

 

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Welcome, Summer!

Summertime and the living is easy, right? Or, at least, it should be for us hardy North-easterners.

The people at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working to make it so for every American; whatever the time of year.

CHORC

Introducing the Division of Community Health’s (DCH) launch of Community Health Online Resource Center (CHORC)!  The CHORC is a searchable database that houses over 400 resources to help communities implement changes to prevent chronic disease and promote healthy living.  The available resources include webinars, policy briefs, guides, toolkits, and other practical materials which are organized by content areas.  The CHORC is updated on a quarterly basis, to ensure that the resources are relevant and current.  You can access the CHORC by clicking the following link:http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/online-resource/index.htm.

Go ahead – live a healthy summer!

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