Healthy Lifestyles Post COVID - CME Series

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, from Noon - 1 pm CST
The COVID-19 and Cholesterol Connection – What we know and what we wish we knew!

Presented by Priyanka Bhandari, M.D, Dip ABOM, FAPCR
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois

1) Describe how the COVID -19 pandemic has caused alteration in the lipid profiles
2) Examine the association between dyslipidemia and the severity of COVID-19 infection
3) Report if statins/other lipid-lowering agents have any role in the management of COVID 19
4) Recommend the lifestyle and non-pharmacologic measures that can be adopted to decrease the risk
of morbidity and mortality in dyslipidemia


Friday, April 29, 2022, from Noon - 1 pm CST
Hypertension and COVID: Lifestyle Changes and Solutions

Presented by Avinash Mantha, MD
Assistant Professor of Geriatrics, Loyola Hines Geriatric Fellowship Associate Program Director, Edward Hines VA Medical Center

Learning objectives:
1) Identify how the COVID pandemic resulted in a higher incidence of hypertension and poorer blood pressure control
2) Describe proper methods to monitor and log home blood pressures
3) Name lifestyle and non-pharmacologic interventions which can improve blood pressure control
4) Identify COVID's impact on mental health and the effects on blood pressure


Wednesday, May 4, 2022, from Noon - 1 pm CST
Fighting COVID the healthy way!

Presented by Priyanka Bhandari, M.D, Dip ABOM, FAPCR
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, Illinois

1) Understanding the role of a healthy diet and nutrition in the prevention of COVID 19
2) Describe the importance of staying physically active during the pandemic
3) Understanding the role of proper sleep in remaining healthy
4) Coping with stress and anxiety
5) Role of vaccinations in prevention and spread of COVID-19
6) Importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in fighting the pandemic


The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Funding was provided by a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Improving the Health of Illinoisans through Prevention and Management of Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke (DP18-1815).

2022 CDC Health Systems Scorecard 

The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) if working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement, “Improving the Lives of Illinoisans through Chronic Disease Prevention” (DP18-1815).  Funding from this grant is used to provide education and resources to our members.  As part of our grant, we are working with IDPH to encourage data collection on primary care and the outpatient setting for the CDC quality improvement assessment tool called the Health Systems Scorecard (HSSC).

Information collected by the HSSC will help your organization identify opportunities to strengthen evidence-based policies and systems to improve care for patients with chronic conditions.  The survey will also be used to identify what evidence-based strategies are being used in your organization and the extent to which you are delivering care in ways that improve health outcomes.

We ask that you convene your quality improvement (QI) leaders/groups/committees to complete the scorecard.  

“Save and Return” functionality has been added to this year’s scorecard, which allows you to complete the scorecard over multiple sittings AND pass the scorecard among colleagues so that specific modules can be completed by the appropriate subject matter experts.

The survey can be accessed by clicking - HSSC 2022.

Please note the following when deciding who should complete or forward the survey:
•    Your organization should complete the survey if your organization provides any outpatient and/or chronic disease management services.

Required modules for completion are outlined in the document “2022 HSSC Required Modules.”  Additional modules may be completed at each respondent’s discretion.  A PDF version of the scorecard for your review and planning purposes can be accessed by clicking hereClick here for a video that will provide an overview of the HSSC and instructions on its completion. Although the video references 2021, the survey instructions are the same for 2022.

We recommend against using Internet Explorer due to browser compatibility issues.

It is our hope that this QI tool will help stimulate clinical-public health partnerships so that we can work together to improve health outcomes across our state.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Patrick Harper, IDPH CDC Assignee, at [email protected].

Again, we ask that your organization complete the survey via the link: HSSC 2022.

Please note: Responses will only be accessible by IDPH Division of Chronic Disease and the grant-funded evaluation team at the University of Illinois–Chicago.  Respondents may request their individual raw data from IDPH.  All other data sharing will be in de-identified, aggregate form.