Joint PH Forum & CDC Nationwide Webinar – April 16, 2015

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 3:00 pm Eastern Time / 2:00 pm Central Time / 1:00 pm Mountain Time / 12:00 pm Pacific Time

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• Announcements – (CDC and ONC) [5 minutes]
• CMS Stage 3 and ONC 2015 Edition HIT Certification Criteria – Brief Overview – Jim Daniel [5 minutes]
• CDC Programmatic Overview of Public Health Reporting in Stage 3 – CDC Program Domain Experts [35 minutes]
• Question and Answer Session – [15 minutes]

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NACCHO Webinar – Disaster Epidemiology 101 – Thursday April 30, 2015

On Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 1:00-2:30pm ET, NACCHO will be hosting a webinar entitled: Disaster Epidemiology 101.  With every natural or man-made disaster, public health officials, incident commanders, and policy makers need health data to make decisions, allocate resources, provide situational awareness of the health of the affected community, and to determine the adequacy of the response. Disaster epidemiology can provide this data by using core public health components such as rapid needs assessments (i.e. CASPER), health surveillance, epidemiologic research and tracking or registries. The purpose of this learning session is to provide an overview of the role of disaster epidemiology and to engage attendees in a meaningful discussion of surveillance during recent events, such as the recent CASPER in Texas.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define disaster epidemiology and its role in pre-disaster, disaster, and recovery phases.
  2. Demonstrate how disaster epidemiology methods have been applied in recent events.
  3. Describe how disaster epidemiology tools were used in the CASPER in Texas.

The presenters include Ashley Conley, MS, CPH, Michael Heumann, MPH, MA, Jennifer Kiger, MPH, and Kelly Johnson, MS.

Please use the link below to register:

Once registered, you will receive an email with a link to access the webinar.

Dial In: 866-740-1260

Password: 5074283

ISDS Webinar – March 24, 2015 – NSSP Onboarding – Creating a Systematic Approach

NSSP Onboarding – Creating a Systematic Approach

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (5:00 PM – 6:00 PM GMT)


Travis Mayo, lead/manager NSSP (formerly BioSense) onboarding contractor


NSSP Onboarding has historically been a very labor intensive and manual process that requires a great deal of guidance and time investment from NSSP Onboarding Team members.  In order to meet future demand, Jurisdictions will play a greater role in managing the onboarding of local facilities.
The objective for the next year is to begin creating resources that jurisdictions can use to help facilities perform self-guided onboarding.

To begin the process, the onboarding team is documenting the onboarding discussions and processes.

The webinar will provide a historical perspective and impact on:

1.  Onboarding process
2.  Data Quality
3.  Challenges
4.  Recommendations

Learn more about this webinar on our website.

Working Together to Improve Health: An Introduction to the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Process

Working Together to Improve Health: An Introduction to the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Process

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 12:00PM ET | Register here

Health departments, health centers, non-profit hospitals, and other community organizations are being asked to conduct community assessments and improvement plans. Instead of conducting multiple community assessments, the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process provides a framework for coordinating all assessment activities into one collaborative process to improve health. MAPP provides structure for identifying a shared vision of health, conducting a comprehensive community assessments, and developing and implementing a community strategic plan for improving health. During this webinar, Mary Kate Allee, Director of Assessment and Planning, will describe the purpose and phases of the MAPP process, how MAPP can be used to achieve community health improvement goals, and where to find resources for MAPP implementation. Mary Kate will also describe how MAPP can be used to meet Accreditation, IRS Community Health Needs Assessment, Federally Qualified Health Center, and other community assessment requirements.

ASTHO-NACCHO Webinar – Exploring the Use of Electronic Health Records to Support Tobacco Cessation and Million Hearts

Exploring the Use of Electronic Health Records to Support Tobacco Cessation and Million Hearts

Date: Monday, April 13, 2015, 1:00-2:30 PM ET

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. The use of electronic health records can play an important role in improving health by supporting tobacco cessation efforts.

This webinar, hosted by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) will explore and identify opportunities for using electronic health records (EHRs) to improve two of the ABCS of Million Hearts: smoking cessation efforts and improving blood pressure control. Furthermore, we will provide an overview and national perspective of EHR use, state and local examples, and available resources to support these efforts.

The intended audience for this webinar includes state health agencies, local health agencies and community based clinics.

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ISDS Webinar = MapIT – Introduction to Mapping Tools 2015

Date: Monday, March 16, 2015

Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST (5:30 PM – 6:30 PM GMT)


Ginger Cox, RHIT, CCS, ICD-9/10 Coding and Conversion Analyst, University of California, Davis, Center for Health Care Policy and Research

Denise Love, Executive Director/Project Manager, National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO)

Patrick Romano, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAP, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of California, Davis Center for Health Care Policy and Research; Co-Editor in Chief, Health Services Research (HSR), an official journal of Academy Health

Peter Hicks, MPH, MA, Epidemiologist, CDC – Technical Monitor / Project Officer

Kimberly Taylor, PhD, MPH, MS – Sr. Research Consultant, SRA International – Consultant to CDC


Many public health programs use hospital administrative and claims data for assessment and surveillance purposes. They are preparing their data collection processes to make the transition from accepting data coded with ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM in preparation for the October 1 implementation date set by Congress. MapIT is a tool that was developed with funding from AHRQ and CDC to support these transition efforts. It is an automated mapping tool that utilizes the General Equivalence Mappings (GEMS), developed by CMS, to provide both forward and backward or reverse mapping between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10 code sets to assure all relevant codes are identified. Prior training was presented in June 2014 on an earlier version of MapIT. This session will refresh information given previously and provide a walk-through of the updated mapping tool.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will…

  1. Gain or refresh understanding of ICD mapping logic.
  2. Be able to understand and use the GEM flags.
  3. Learn how to apply results of mapping queries through observing the mapping examples.
  4. Comprehend when and how to use the Single Lookup search and the Batch Lookup search.
  5. Be able to recognize, save, interpret and apply a MapIT results output file.