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Public Health Learning (February 2018)

Related Categories: Workforce Development

Topic: TRAIN

Author: Samantha Draper

Date: 1/31/2018

Public Health Learning 
February 2018
Achieving Healthier Populations & Communities
February is American Heart Month
American Heart Month is a national campaign reminding everyone that a healthy heart begins with healthy choices. Healthy choices start within our families and communities. These healthy choices can decrease cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, which result in more than 17.3 million deaths each year and is the leading cause of death globally. Deaths globally are expected to rise to more than 23.6 million by 2030 and only healthy hearts can keep this from happening. 1 For more information on how to improve your heart health and how to get involved, visit the American Heart Association’s Healthy For Good campaign page .
Did You Know?
There are people walking and talking with no pulse? An LVAD, or left ventricular assist device, is used on patients with advanced heart failure.

LVAD is different than an artificial heart as it works with the heart rather than completely replacing it. One of the "side effects" of having an LVAD for many patients is the lack of a heartbeat. Learn more about LVAD technology .
Resources for Heart Health
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke is an online mapping tool that allows users to create and customize county-level maps of heart disease and stroke by race and ethnicity, gender, age group, and more.

  • Accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths, heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. The WISEWOMAN (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) program was created to help women understand and reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke by providing services to promote lasting heart-healthy lifestyles. Working with low-income, uninsured, and under-insured women aged 40 to 64 years, the program provides heart disease and stroke risk factor screenings and services that promote healthy behaviors. Review WISEWOMAN’s services, resources, and success stories.

  • TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short (18 minutes or less), powerful talks. Browse and watch Ted Talks on heart health.
Training Spotlight: "A Community Health Worker Training Resource for Preventing Hearth Disease and Stroke"
This course is designed to increase knowledge and change competency of Community Health Worker trainers' practices and strategies related to preventing heart disease and stroke.
Heart Health Events / Webinars

February 2, 2018.
Sponsor: American Heart Association

February 13, 2018. 7pm EST.
Sponsor: Adult Congenital Heart Association

February 20, 2018. 1pm-2pm EST.
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
VHA TRAIN Offering Free COPE-Accredited Low Vision Courses
With February being Age-Related Macular Degeneration(AMD)/Low Vision Awareness month, it is the perfect opportunity to highlight a series of free, web-based, Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE)-accredited low vision modules recently released on Veterans Health Administration (VHA) TRAIN . The aim of these courses is to supplement and expand upon the basic coursework offered in schools and colleges of optometry and to assist providers in better understanding low vision services. The early feedback has been promising, with experienced providers asking if they can use some of the course material for patient education because the content is so approachable.
  1. American Heart Association. February is American Heart Month. Retrieved from:
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