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TEXAS CVD AND STROKE DIGEST

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									                       TEXAS CVD AND STROKE DIGEST
                               August 2010
This Digest is provided by the Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Program at the Texas
Department of State Health Services in support of the Texas CVD and Stroke Partnership. If you
did not receive this Digest as a subscriber and would like to subscribe, please visit
http://wwwstage.dshs.state.tx.us/wellness/partnershipdigest.shtm. Information about educational
opportunities, resources, tools, and reports is compiled from national, state, and local partners. The
Digest does not reflect endorsements by DSHS or the Partnership.


                           NEWS FROM AND ABOUT OUR PARTNERS

                       Remmy Morris has been recently appointed the new
          Co-Chair of the Texas CVD and Stroke Partnership and will be distributing the
                           Texas CVD and Stroke Partnership Digest.
  Please send your newsworthy information for distribution in to remmy.morris@dshs.state.tx.us.

                         The Partnership would like to thank Jane Osmond.
        Fortunately for the Partnership, Jane will still be involved and can still be reached at
                                   jane.osmond@dshs.state.tx.us


Testimony before DSHS Council by Texas Health Institute Board Chairman- George
Roberts, July 6, 2010

George Roberts, CEO of the Northeast Texas Public Health District in Tyler, TX spoke to the
DSHS Council regarding public health. George is the Board Chairman of the Texas Health Institute
and spoke on behalf of the Texas Health Institute.

George complimented the Department of State Health Services for prioritizing the Core Local
Public Health funding that is critical to the infrastructure. He specifically asked the Council to
protect and be an advocate for Public Health - our invisible guardian. See George‘s talking points
at
http://campaign.constantcontact.com/render?v=001PcSdlfM_w90ucRhNJN1IhPFfsxYH46WcBKDI
JtcXL3PP9CxbnIjC_u5ioSuspCLwNgLFO7LpFg2jnCiQUoW1FBZbEzHPS55NMxoLZmm8572wg0
T7SUvQy1gZ85Sk51lRaFhCbyaldi2zi0sYYymRtw%3D%3D
George is our current Co-Chair for the Texas CVD and Stroke Partnership.

Health is a top concern for African-Americans
Kansas City Star, August 9, 2010, By Lewis W. Diuguild
Turnaround has to include getting people to be active. Clyde Yancy, medical director of the Baylor
Heart and Vascular Institute at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, said 70 percent of
Americans are physically inactive. ―The best way to prevent heart disease is to eat less and do
more,‖ he said.
Regular medical checkups are a must. Folks should know their blood pressure, cholesterol count,
blood sugar levels and get tested for HIV/AIDS. Booker Daniels with the Centers for Disease
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Control and Prevention, told black journalists HIV/AIDS ―truly is a ‗we‘ epidemic as opposed to a
‗they‘ epidemic.‖
Yancy said that despite the population‘s unhealthy condition — particularly among African-
Americans — things can improve. ―We believe that the problem of poor health in African-American
men is preventable and reversible.‖
http://www.kansascity.com/2010/08/08/2136980/health-is-a-top-concern-for-african.html
Clyde Yancy is a member of the Texas Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke Council and President
of the National American Heart Association

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the Texas Healthy Lifestyles 2011 SUMMIT
January 13 and 14, 2011 at The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Austin, Texas. Please direct any questions to: Cheryl Nolting at DADS at 512-438-5555 or
cheryl.nolting@dads.state.tx.us

Phase II of our Alzheimer’s Disease State Plan
Implementation kick-off meeting to be held September 22, 2010 in Austin, Texas. This phase
moves us from plan development to plan implementation, where we begin crafting our action plans
that will guide us in achieving our objectives and goals.
There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided! Limited travel stipends are available.
To register:
http://www.texaspha.org/Default.aspx?pageId=425478&eventId=194149&EventViewMode=EventD
etails
Please note: The password is Alzheimers (exact case) If you have any problems completing the
on-line registration, please contact Terri Pali at (512) 336-2520.

Texas Southern University, in collaboration with Houston Tomorrow and Baylor College of
Medicine, will conduct an HIA to help inform Houston's Urban Corridor Planning project. The city
initiative calls for transit-oriented development in 65 Houston neighborhoods through which a 30-
mile, five-corridor light-rail expansion is planned. The HIA will examine potential health impacts that
could result from the creation of city ordinances and incentives to promote transit-oriented
development in the rail corridors. Increased access to public transportation and services, mixed
land-use development and affordable housing are among the potential outcomes of transit-oriented
development that could ultimately benefit health. This study will look at specific data and conditions
for neighborhoods surrounding three of the planned rail stations. A multi-tiered plan for stakeholder
involvement will help ensure that community and decision maker input is incorporated throughout
the HIA process. Results are anticipated in late spring 2011. Decision makers will also be briefed
directly on the final HIA recommendations.



                                       REPORTS and DATA

Among fast food meals, these may be some of the biggest offenders
Los Angeles Times, August 10, 2010
http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-fast-food-20100809,0,4542727.story?track=rss
Because we know you simply can't get enough, here is another list of super bad things to eat. This
one catalogs the worst fast food meals in the country, courtesy of the book "Eat This, Not That!" via
Men's Health.com.

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Any Tobacco Use in 13 States, Behavioral Rick Factor Surveillance System, 2008
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5930a3.htm?s_cid=mm5930a3_e


Vital Signs: State Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults – United States, 2009
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm59e0803a1.htm?s_cid=mm59e0803a1_e

Tapping into an accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
Los Angeles Times, August 10, 2010,
http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-alzheimers-20100809,0,2534180.story?track=rss

As older people grow in numbers, experts seek ways to handle the coming boom
Washington Post, August 10, 2010, By Patrick Egan, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2010/08/09/AR2010080904111.html

Death Rates Among Chronic Heavy Drinkers Can Be Reduced By Alcohol Taxes
Medical News Today, August 10, 2010
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/197333.php

Simple Blood Test May Predict Who Might Develop Type 2 Diabetes Among Healthy Women
Medical News Today, August 10, 2010
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/197278.php

Diabetics have to keep a close eye on their feet
Amputation much more common for them -- but it can be prevented
Chicago Sun Times, August 10, 2010, By Monifa Thomas
http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/2581052,CST-NWS-footcare10.article#

Many Stroke Patients Stop Taking Meds, Study Shows Second report finds many heart
failure patients not even prescribed recommended medications
Health Day, August 20, 2010, By Steven Reinberg
http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=641957

Research Shows Sugary Drinks Do Not Cause Weight Gain
Medical News Today, August 10, 2010
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/197265.php

Is this the real reason schools are calling our children fat?
Daily Mail, August 10, 2010, By Rachel Ellis, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1301738/Is-
real-reason-schools-calling-children-fat.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

The Claim: Smoking Relieves Stress
New York Times, August 10, 2010, By Anahad O‘Connor
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/10/health/10real.html?_r=1&ref=health

Shaping Up PE: The rise in childhood obesity prompts a gym class makeover


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Washington Post, August 9, 2010, By Daniele Seiss, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-
dyn/content/article/2010/07/30/AR2010073004747_pf.html

Children and young adults often go unscreened for heart disease risk
High levels of LDL cholesterol levels in early adulthood can lead to development of heart
disease.
Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2010, By Jessie Schiewe, Los Angeles Times,
http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-cholesterol-screening-20100809,0,4269175.story

Study: Air pollution also affects heart, blood vessels, brain
USA Today, August 9, 2010, by Kim Painter
http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/painter/2010-08-09-yourhealth09_ST_N.htm

Prenatal test not linked to blood pressure problems
Reuters, August 9, 2010
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6754NB20100806

Smoking In Front Of Kids And Giving Them Junk Foods Condemns Them To A Life Of
Diseases, And Even Premature Death
Medical News Today, August 9, 2010
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/197208.php


Texas' Potential for Health E-Records Incentives Set at $2.37 Billion
With a call for computerized medical records to be implemented by doctors and hospitals
nationwide by 2015, the federal government is preparing to begin next year offering federal
incentive programs to help see that the deadline is met. There is much at stake, as health care
providers who do not comply by 2015 will face cuts in Medicare payments.
The changeover can be costly, and thus federal funds will be welcomed as providers begin to
implement the new records system. Some hospitals can face costs in the millions of dollars.
In Texas, the federal government last week made available a grant of more than $6.6 million over
four years to the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center's F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and
Community Health. The funds will be used to establish the West Texas Health Information
Technology Regional Extension Center. The center will help doctors select a system of e-records
best suited to their particular practice. The center will be available to help doctors, nurse
practitioners and physician assistants in 108 west Texas counties. The center is one of only four in
Texas and one of 60 nationwide named to provide assistance to primary care providers.
Officials are predicting that the switch to e-records can save the $2.5 trillion health care industry as
much as $10 billion per year. In addition to cost savings, federal officials also say the switch will
reduce medical errors. The federal government is expecting the payout for doctors and hospitals to
help them switch to a computerized records system could reach $27 billion over 10 years. Doctors
who install e-record systems that meet federal standards stand to receive up to $44,000 through
Medicare and $63,750 through Medicaid.
A California firm that works with medical and health firms to make the switch to electronic health
records says the incentives being offered by the federal government as part of last year‘s Recovery
Act could bring as much as $4 billion into some states.
The company researched the issue and, based on the number of eligible medical providers, issued
its estimates of state electronic health record incentive potential for every state. Texas ranked

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fourth on the list, with an incentive potential of $2.37 billion. Texas trailed California, which was
listed with the highest incentive potential of $4.6 billion. New York was second with a potential of
$3.52 billion while Florida was ranked third with an incentive potential of $2.39 billion.
While the result of the incentives is expected to create a nationwide system of e-records to make
health care safer and less expensive, it is also leading to a dramatic increase in the number of
vendors in the health IT industry. It is an industry that is growing and that now encompasses
everything from designers of specialized software to computer hardware manufacturers to health IT
specialists and technology companies.
From Strategic Partnerships' Texas Government Insider e-mail, 7/23/10


             RESOURCES, TOOLS, EVIDENCE BASED PROGRAMS / PRACTICES

Shaping up a city in the nation's fattest state
CNN, August 9, 2010, By Leslie Askew
http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/08/05/cnnheroes.fondren.vicksburg/
Site includes an obesity map of the states.


Environmental and Policy Change for Healthy Aging If you work in the field of aging services,
public health, planning, architecture, engineering, recreation, transportation, or health care, and
want to become more effective in planning and implementing environmental and policy change,
you are invited to participate in an interactive online learning initiative on Environmental and Policy
Change for Healthy Aging.
Sign up now at http://www.icohere.com/EPC/EPCKeepMeInformed.htm to receive registration
information. The initiative on Environmental and Policy Change for Healthy Aging is produced by
the CDC Healthy Aging Research Network.
For more information: Email hanepc@uw.edu or visit www.prc-han.org.


                                    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

The World Health Care Congress 8th Annual Chronic Care Summit will convene over 150
senior level executives focused on improving chronic care outcomes through improved diagnosis,
decision support, chronic care and disease management, population health programs and
consumer engagement. Corporate Medical Directors, and Chief Medical Officers and medical
directors of health plans, provider and employer organizations are in attendance as well as VPs of
Disease Management, Clinical Programs, Quality Improvement, Evidence-based Care and
Outcomes Management.
http://www.worldcongress.com/events/HR11000/




                                       FUNDING AVAILABLE

Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research
(R25): RFA-HL-11-024

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SOURCE: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 9/1/10. Application: 10/1/10.
$ AVAILABLE: The estimated available funds for the program are expected to be $900,000/year.
Up to eight new awards are anticipated, depending on the number of student participants
requested and the availability of funds.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private institutions of higher education, nonprofits with or without
501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), for-profit organizations (other than
small businesses), state/county/city/township governments, special district governments, U.S.
territories or possessions, regional organizations, and eligible agencies of the federal government.
PURPOSE: The NIH recognizes a unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the
biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce. The NIH expects efforts to
diversify the workforce to lead to the recruitment of the most talented researchers from all groups;
to improve the quality of the educational and training environment; to balance and broaden the
perspective in setting research priorities; to improve the ability to recruit subjects from diverse
backgrounds into clinical research protocols; and to improve the nation‘s capacity to address and
eliminate health disparities. This announcement solicits Research Education (R25) applications
from institutions/organizations to promote diversity in undergraduate and health professional
student populations by providing short-term research education support to stimulate career
development in cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases research.
CFDA: 93.233, 93.837, 93.838, 93.839
CONTACT: Michael Commarato, (301) 435-0535, e-mail: Commaram@nhlbi.nih.gov. For more
information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-11-024.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 7/14/10
Subject(s) health professions training

Alzheimer’s Disease Core Centers (P30): RFA-AG-11-005
SOURCE: National Institute on Aging (NIA)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 9/13/10. Application: 10/13/10.
$ AVAILABLE: $14 million for eight to 10 awards.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, Hispanic-serving
institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and
Universities (TCCUs), and Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions.
PURPOSE: The National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites applications from qualified institutions for
support of Alzheimer's Disease Core Centers (ADCCs). These centers are designed to support
and conduct research on Alzheimer's disease (AD), to serve as shared research resources that will
facilitate research in AD and related disorders, distinguish them from the processes of normal brain
aging and mild cognitive impairment (MCI), provide a platform for training, develop novel
techniques and methodologies, and translate these research findings into better diagnostic,
prevention, and treatment strategies.
CFDA: 93.866
CONTACT: Nina B. Silverberg, (301) 496-9350, fax: (301) 496-1494, e-mail:
silverbergn@mail.nih.gov. For more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-
files/RFA-AG-11-005.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 7/23/10
Subject(s) aged/seniors, mental health, technology

Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs) (P30): RFA-AG-11-002
SOURCE: National Institute on Aging (NIA/NIH)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 9/21/10. Application: 10/21/10.
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$ AVAILABLE: The total amount to be awarded is approximately $3.3 million for three new or
renewal awards in FY2011, and $1.1 million for one new or renewal award in FY2012.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, Hispanic-serving
institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and
Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, for-profit
organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, Indian/Native American tribal
governments (federally recognized), and eligible agencies of the federal government.
PURPOSE: This announcement supports new and renewal applications for Claude D. Pepper
Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs) (centers of excellence in geriatrics research and
training).
CFDA: 93.866
CONTACT: Evan Hadley, (301) 435-3044, fax: (301) 402-1784, e-mail: ehadley@nih.gov. For
more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-11-002.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 7/22/10
Subject(s) aged/seniors

The Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network, Phase II – Study
Investigators (U01): RFA-HG-10-009
(This is a companion grant to RFA-HG-10-010.)
SOURCE: National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 10/17/10. Application: 11/17/10.
$ AVAILABLE: The total amount to be awarded over the four-year period of this announcement is
approximately $22 million. It is anticipated that up to eight awards will be made.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, Hispanic-serving
institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and
Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, nonprofits with or
without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-
profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, eligible agencies of the
federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to provide support for the
most competitive existing eMERGE phase I sites and new sites with existing biorepositories and
genome-wide genotyping data to incorporate state-of-the-art methods generated in eMERGE
Phase I into clinical research and ongoing clinical care in a Phase II eMERGE expansion.
CFDA: 93.172
CONTACT: Rongling Li, (301) 594-6542, fax: (301) 480-8811, e-mail: lir2@mail.nih.gov. For more
information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-10-009.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 7/23/10
Subject(s) technology, medical research

The Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network, Phase II – Coordinating
Center (U01): RFA-HG-10-010
(This is a companion grant to RFA-HG-10-009.)
SOURCE: National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 10/17/10. Application: 11/17/10.
$ AVAILABLE: The total amount to be awarded over the four-year period of this announcement is
approximately $3.5 million. It is anticipated that one award will be made.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, Hispanic-serving
institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and

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Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, nonprofits with or
without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-
profit organizations (other than small businesses), state governments, eligible agencies of the
federal government, and faith-based or community-based organizations.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to support a Coordinating
Center (CC) to serve as a centralized resource to facilitate and support the Electronic Medical
Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network, Phase II, to incorporate state-of-the art methods
generated in eMERGE phase I into clinical research and ongoing clinical care in a Phase II
eMERGE expansion.
CFDA: 93.172
CONTACT: Rongling Li, (301) 594-6542, fax: (301) 480-8811, e-mail: lir2@mail.nih.gov. For more
information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-10-010.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 7/23/10
Subject(s) technology

Pediatric Heart Network Clinical Centers (U10): RFA-HL-11-010
SOURCE: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Letter of Intent: 9/29/10. Application: 10/29/10.
$ AVAILABLE: NHLBI expects to award approximately $64,420,000 total costs over five years
through this announcement. The anticipated number of awards will support up to eight clinical sites
and one data coordinating center.
ELIGIBILITY: Public/state/private controlled institutions of higher education, Hispanic-serving
institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribally Controlled Colleges and
Universities (TCCUs), Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions, nonprofits with or
without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institutions of higher education), small businesses, for-
profit organizations (other than small businesses), non-domestic (non-U.S.) entities (foreign
organizations), eligible agencies of the federal government, and faith-based or community-based
organizations.
PURPOSE: The goal of this announcement is to evaluate therapeutic and management strategies
for children and adults with congenital heart defects and for children with inflammatory heart
disease, heart muscle disease, and arrhythmias through multicenter clinical research. NHLBI
expects that applications to participate in the PHN will reflect the collaborative nature of the
research between pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiovascular surgeons, and others engaged in
the care of patients with the conditions of interest.
CFDA: 93.837
CONTACT: Gail Pearson, (301) 435-0510, fax: (301) 480-2858, e-mail: Pearsong@mail.nih.gov or
Victoria Pemberton, (301) 435-0510, fax: (301) 480-2858, e-mail: Pembertonv@mail.nih.gov. For
more information see http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-11-010.html
From NIH Web site, accessed 7/23/10
Subject(s) cardiovascular/heart disease, children's health, medical research

An Equity Guide to Building Sustainable Communities
The Obama Administration‘s $150 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants
program could be a vital investment in bringing equity to all communities -- but only if equity is at
the heart of the funded projects.
Download the PolicyLink Equity Guide to Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants to
make sure your application is built on a foundation of equity.
The initiative – a joint effort of DOT, HUD, and EPA – would coordinate federal housing,

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transportation, and other infrastructure investments to protect the environment, promote equitable
development, and address the challenges of climate change
Applications are due August 23, 2010. Please visit our Interagency Partnership for Sustainable
Communities page for updates and additional resources during the coming weeks.
If you have equity-related questions in preparing a grant, please email sci@policylink.org


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References to products, trade names, publications, news sources, and non-DSHS Web sites are provided solely for
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