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Earn 1.0 Hr CNE/CME: Review the Cholesterol Management Practice Module from Quality Insights

PA Cholesterol Module - Sept 2021Quality Insights’ 2021 Cholesterol Management Practice Module is designed to support and supplement health care practice quality improvement efforts related to cardiovascular health and cholesterol management.

Areas of focus include: Access the Cholesterol Management Practice Module and accompanying Workflow Modification Guide today. Click here to download a recorded overview of the module.

Download this flyer or visit the Quality Insights website to get started! Credit is available at NO COST through December 31, 2022.
Adverse Social Risk Factors: The Negative Impacts Are Real

Social determinants of health (SDOH) or adverse social risk factors greatly impact health outcomes in a number of ways.  They may create barriers to health care access as well as barriers to engagement in and adherence to medical care.  According to Health Disparities Report 2021, poverty, lower educational attainment, and severe housing problems are strongly associated with poor health outcomes, such as chronic disease, premature mortality, and mental health challenges.
 
A recent study published in Cardiology examined the association of social risk domains with cardiovascular risk factor control in U.S. adults with diabetes, from 2006 to 2016.  The study considered the following SDOH domains as social risk factors:
  1. Economic stability, including low income and employment adversity
  2. Neighborhood or built environment, including food insecurity and poor environmental conditions
  3. Education, including lack of access to education
  4. Health and health care, including lack of access to health care and health insurance
  5. Community and social context, including perceived discrimination and stress
Social risks were confirmed to be associated with poor control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risks factors.  Specifically, researchers found:                     
  • Economic stability and health care access were independently associated with poor blood pressure control.
  • Neighborhood or built environment was independently associated with poor glycemic control.
  • Education access and health care access were independently associated with poor cholesterol control.
  • Health care access was the only domain independently associated with having ≥ 2 poorly controlled CVD risk factors.
  • Race/ethnicity and sex, independent of the five social risk factors, were associated with poor control of the CVD risk factors.
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Heart Health: A Top Public Health Priority

Cholesterol & Your Heart handoutCardiovascular (CV) health remains a top public health priority with heart disease and stroke maintaining their stature as the #1 and #5 leading causes of death in the United States (Murphy et al., 2021). 2020 data from the National Center for Health Statistics confirms that heart disease and stroke are the #1 and #5 leading causes of death, respectively, in Pennsylvania as well. Lowering high blood cholesterol reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke.
 
According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC’s) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, in 2021, 34.8 percent of adult Pennsylvanians reported being diagnosed with high blood cholesterol. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute recently released a six-page, patient-facing brochure designed to educate patients about cholesterol. It can be difficult for patients to absorb all the new information being discussed in medical appointments. Consider adding this informative document to your patient resources or providing it for additional reinforcement of key points at home.
Earn 1.0 Hr CNE/CME: Review the SDOH Practice Module from Quality Insights

PA SDOH Module - 2022The 2022 Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Practice Module and Workflow Modification Guide from Quality Insights provide a framework for identifying social needs in the clinical setting and engaging care teams to work together to address SDOH in Pennsylvania.

Review the module to learn more about:
  1. Assessing and screening social needs of patients within your practice, including utilization of the PRAPARE tool
  2. Implementing a standardized, closed-loop workflow addressing SDOH within your practice
  3. Identifying and connecting patients to local assistance resources

Earn CME or CNE Credit for the module: Download this flyer or visit the Quality Insights website to get started!  Credit is available through December 31, 2022.

New Feature Added to 2022 Module: Health Literacy Supplement
Review the new health literacy supplement to learn more about:          
  1. Assessing patient’s perspectives regarding the organization’s explanation of health information
  2. Attending health literacy training
  3. Creating a health literacy action plan (No credits available)
Hope for Tomorrow: AHA's 2023 Clinical Update Conference

event iconThe American Diabetes Association (ADA) is hosting the 2023 Clinical Update Conference, with a theme of “Hope for Tomorrow,” on February 10-12, 2023. For those interested in escaping to a warmer climate, you can participate in-person at the Westin Tampa Waterside Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Registration fees are lower for those who prefer to attend virtually.

Conference topics include:
  • Updates to the ADA’s Standards of Care in Diabetes
  • Obesity Epidemic
  • Sustaining Behavioral Health with Diabetes Technology
  • The Emotional Side of Diabetes Messages
  • Automated Insulin Delivery: The Ups and Downs
Visit the ADA website for additional program information and registration information.
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For more details about the Improving Hypertension and Diabetes Care & Prevention project, please contact Ashley Biscardi.
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Funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the Improving the Health of Americans Through Prevention and Management of Diabetes and Heart Disease and Stroke federal grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Publication number PADOH-HD-120222
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