Category Archives: cardiovascular disease

CDC Media Update: Lung Disease Associated with E-cigarette Use or Vaping

By Kim Rodgers, Communications Manager, NACCHO

This story originally ran in NACCHO’s Preparedness Brief

In response to the multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with e-cigarette product use (e.g., devices, liquids, refill pods, and/or cartridges), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with other federal, state, and local partners are involved in an on-going investigation. CDC has released a media advisory concerning the situation, and the Lung Injury Response Website has various available resources to educate the publichealthcare providers, and state and local health departments on key facts and recommendations.

At this time, 805 cases of lung injury have been reported from 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 10 states have reported 12 confirmed deaths. All reported cases have been linked to a history of e-cigarette product use or vaping.

Healthcare providers are urged to support response efforts by continuing to report both suspected and confirmed cases of lung injury to their state or local health department. Specimen collection, storage, and submission guidance is available. Collaboration with states, local health departments, and additional relevant partners is also critical. State public health officials should contact CDC at regarding possible cases of e-cigarette- or vaping-associated lung injury.

For information on technical assistance with epidemiologic investigation, laboratory testing, and/or data collection tools, please contact CDC at Questions on the submission of non-tissue samples should be directed to

On September 25, 2019, NACCHO sent a letter to Congress highlighting the role of local health departments in addressing youth use of e-cigarettes and the need for action to curb youth use of these products. The letter further explained how NACCHO supports the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s plan to ban flavored e-cigarettes.

NACCHO has a liaison officer within the CDC Emergency Operations Center and is participating in national calls. For any questions, comments, and/or technical resource needs, please contact the NACCHO Preparedness Program at

CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership Announces New Opportunity to Develop Effective Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity

The CHOICES Project at the Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will be accepting applications beginning on August 1 for state and local health agencies to apply to participate in the CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnership (LCP).

Over the past four years, the CHOICES team has fostered Learning Collaborative Partnerships with 15 state and local health agencies throughout the United States, with Philadelphia, Denver, San Antonio, Salt Lake County, Allegheny County, Detroit, and Houston taking part. The CHOICES LCP presents an opportunity for health agencies representing populations of 500,000 or more to receive funding, training, technical assistance, and locally tailored data to help decision-makers understand and use data on health and cost impact to identify best value for money strategies to prevent childhood obesity. Continue reading

Big Data Offers Big Insights into Links Between Environment, Heart Health

By Dr. Cavin Ward-Caviness, Principal Investigator (Computational Biologist), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ORD, NHEERL, EPHD, CRB

This post originally appeared on the EPA blog.

Air Quality Awareness Week, April 29–May 3, is a perfect time to think about how far we have come in understanding how air pollution affects the cardiovascular system. As a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scientist studying heart disease, I am very excited about current and future research in this area. Though the burden of heart disease on our society remains high (see the American Heart Association 2018 Statistics on Heart Disease and Stroke), we have only to look at the promising lines of current, cutting-edge research to find reasons to be optimistic about the progress we are making in our understanding and treatment of heart disease. Continue reading

Faith-Based Community Establishes Church Policies to Battle Cardiovascular Disease Health Disparities in Omaha, Nebraska

Black churches are answering the call to action to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities associated with cardiovascular disease by establishing Policy, System and Environment (PSE) changes. Through an expanded partnership with the Omaha Million Hearts® 2022 in Municipalities Project, the Omaha faith-based community will be able to sustain efforts in reducing cardiovascular disease. Continue reading

Commemorating American Heart Month: Resources and Strategies for LHDs

Claude JacobBy Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, NACCHO President and Chief Public Health Officer for the Cambridge Public Health Department (MA)

The burden of cardiovascular disease poses significant risk to the health and well-being of our communities. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the CDC, approximately 610,000 Americans die from heart disease—one in every four deaths. Someone dies from a heart disease-related event every minute in the United States.1 These statistics have dire consequences for the quality of life and vitality of our populations. Our nation also experiences these consequences economically: Heart disease costs the United States about $207 billion each year in healthcare services, medications, and lost productivity.1 Continue reading

World Heart Day: One Heart-Healthy Step Communities Can Take

world-heart-dayWorld Heart Day is a worldwide observation to promote awareness and intervention in cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. This year, World Heart Day occurs on Sept. 29. NACCHO calls on local health departments to commemorate World Heart Day by raising awareness about cardiovascular health in their communities.

The National Forum for Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention is partnering with NACCHO, the American Heart Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Amgen to help organizations promote cardiovascular health. Using partner resources, the National Forum created a social media toolkit that encourages Americans to take one step toward healthier hearts: getting their cholesterol checked.

Having high levels of “bad” cholesterol, also known as LDL-C, is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease; however, there are no symptoms for high cholesterol. Therefore, adults must get their cholesterol checked to find out if their LDL-C puts them at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Unfortunately, many Americans do not know their LDL-C levels; among those that do, less than half (48%) get treatment to control it. Local health departments can help people recommit to their heart health on World Heart Day.

Visit the National Forum’s World Heart Day Member Resource page to access a cholesterol management social media toolkit and a list of cholesterol-specific resources. NACCHO offers the Million Hearts Local Engagement Guide to help local health departments engage partners to advance heart health, and a webpage featuring other webinars, stories from the field, and resources. Local health department leaders interested in implementing heart health initiatives in their jurisdictions can learn about how Indianapolis, Green Bay, and New Orleans are celebrating World Heart Day this year. Together, local health departments can help their communities take a step toward a healthier future this World Heart Day.

How Local Health Departments are Helping Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

By Camillia M. Easley, MPH, Program Analyst, Healthy Communities/Chronic Disease, NACCHO

February is American Heart Month, an opportunity for local health departments (LHDs) to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) control and prevention. While cardiovascular disease continues to be the leading cause of death among men and women, certain populations are disproportionally affected by the disease. African-Americans have a higher mortality rate for cardiovascular disease, have a higher prevalence of hypertension and diabetes, and are less likely to be treated by evidence-based guidelines.1 Continue reading