LINKS Community News

12 Apr 2021

Call for Trans Fat Elimination Policy Advocacy proposals!

Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, announced a Request for Proposals on Trans Fat Elimination Policy Advocacy, aimed at organizations and programs that can accelerate best-practice trans fat elimination policies in their countries by identifying and implementing effective and rapid advocacy activities with key policy makers and influencers. Activities can include, but are not limited to: communication campaigns, community mobilization efforts, media outreach and technical assistance for policy drafting and development.

Applications from countries where best-practice trans fat polices are not yet in effect or passed are highly encouraged. Projects should cover a time frame of no more than 6 months and are capped at $15,000.

The complete RFP can be downloaded here; proposals should be submitted in PDF form by May 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM EDT.

Please send any questions and applications to Lindsay Steele at

We encourage you to share this opportunity widely with your networks; sample messages for social media are available here.

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06 Apr 2021

LINKS webinar: Quality Improvement Strategies and Successes for Hypertension Management

ICYMI: LINKS hosted a webinar on "Quality Improvement (QI) Strategies and Successes for Hypertension Management" on Tuesday April 6th at 9am EST where we were joined by our esteemed colleagues from the WHO India-supported India Hypertension Control Initiative and the National Heart Foundation of Bangladesh who will discuss the importance of QI and share the achievements of the national hypertension programs in India and Bangladesh.


  • Dr. Reena Gupta is an Internal Medicine Specialist in San Francisco, California. She is also a professor in the Global Health Sciences Department at University of California, San Francisco and a Senior Consultant on hypertension control for Resolve to Save Lives.
  • Dr. Kiran Durgad is a Senior Cardiovascular Health Officer at the India Hypertension Control Initiative (IHCI). He completed M.B.B.S and M.D. Community Medicine from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India. His experiences include implementing Immunization and NCD programs in various states of India.
  • Dr. Sohel Choudhury is a professor and head at the National Heart Foundation Hospital and Research Institute in the Department of Epidemiology and Research. He conducts research on cardiovascular disease epidemiology, leads hypertension prevention programs, and provides technical and analytical support for national surveys.

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08 Feb 2021

COVID-19, a priority for the NCD community too!

COVID-19 remains the subject of global attention and concern. Resolve to Save Lives has developed guidance for both health care providers and chronic disease patients to help minimize exposure to coronavirus while ensuring continuity of care.

For additional resources and accurate, timely updates, go to:

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26 Jan 2021

Call for Applications: The Emerging Authors Program for Global Cardiovascular Disease Research

We are pleased to announce a call for applications for the Emerging Authors Program for Global Cardiovascular Disease Research.

The Emerging Authors Program for Global Cardiovascular Disease Research is an opportunity for early and mid-career public health trainees and practitioners from low- and middle-income countries to receive scientific writing and publication mentorship from global cardiovascular disease experts. The program – a collaboration of the Lancet Commission on Hypertension Group, Resolve to Save Lives, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Hypertension League – aims to expand the evidence base on reduction strategies for cardiovascular disease and associated risk factors while increasing opportunities for investigators from low- and middle-income countries to contribute to the scientific literature.

Participating authors will receive guidance and support from subject matter experts to strengthen their scientific writing skills and navigate the writing and publication process. Mentors may provide guidance on defining a clear study aim, describing methods, presenting study results, discussing public health implications, and publishing.

Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST on 21 February 2021 .

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16 Dec 2020

Building Resilient Populations in the Face of Covid-19

Nine months into the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has witnessed over 1 million deaths globally and have seen cases continue to steadily rise. This document provides policy suggestions that can help prevent NCDs, given the increased vulnerability of people living with NCDs to COVID-19.

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10 Nov 2020

NCDA Webinar: Dismantling remaining barriers to be trans fat free by 2023

NCD Alliance and Resolve to Save Lives invites you to a webinar on November 17, 2020 to discuss dismantling barriers to global trans fat elimination.

For more information, go to:

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16 Oct 2020

Launching a New Hypertension Control Program Implementation guide

We're excited to launch our new implementation guide for hypertension control programs. Take a look and let us know what you think at!

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10 Sep 2020

The 3rd cycle of LINKS one-time grants is now open!

We are now accepting one-time grant applications under two request for proposals mechanisms: 1) regular LINKS applications and 2) cardiovascular health (CVH) and COVID-19 rapid response applications.

The deadline to submit a regular application is November 15, 2020; The deadline to submit a CVH +COVID-19 rapid response application is December 31, 2020.

Register to become a LINKS member or log into the member portal for additional information and to gain access to the application documents.

You can access the recording of the information session we held on October 15, 2020 here (password: LINKSgrt3! )

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08 Sep 2020

Second annual REPLACE report launch event

On September 9, 2020 at 9am EDT/ 3pm CEST, the World Health Organization will launch second annual REPLACE report on global trans fat elimination. You can register to attend the virtual event via Zoom.

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27 Jul 2020

New video on selecting BP devices!

Johns Hopkins University has launched the 5th installment of their hypertension video series. You can view the other videos here.

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16 Jul 2020

Launching a new Health Food Procurement Policies Guide!

We're excited to launch our new resource guide for Healthy Public Food Procurement Policies. The resource guide will be updated at least once a year. The policy examples provided do not reflect a comprehensive list of policies globally. To submit suggestions for additions and updates, email

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09 Mar 2020

Salt Awareness Week

Salt Awareness Week is March 9-15th and our colleagues at World Action on Salt & Health have prepared materials on the health effects of excess salt to disseminate within your networks. They have also provided guidance on the many ways in which you and your organization get involved.

If your organization is hosting an event for Salt Awareness week, please email photos or flyers to

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19 Feb 2020

New online training course for hypertension control!

This week Johns Hopkins launched a free, online training course, “Fundamentals for Implementing a Hypertension Program in Resource-Constrained Settings”! This online course aims to help program managers and implementers in designing, planning, and implementing a hypertension control program.

We know that each setting is unique, and every factor involved in implementing this type of program cannot be addressed in one course. However, the course modules provide the basic knowledge necessary for successful program implementation and includes useful tips relevant to different settings and other types of personnel like physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and community-health workers.

We hope this course will help you implement and manage a successful hypertension program. You can access the course at:

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10 Jan 2020

Call for healthy food procurement proposals!

Resolve to Save Lives, an initative of Vital Strategies, will partner with city, state/provincial, or national governments to develop, implement, and evaluate healthy public food procurement policies.

We are looking for programs that adopt a whole-of-government approach, rather than limit the intervention to one government agency (e.g., schools), and which have the policy commitment to implement rapidly and evaluate openly.

Proposals should cover a time frame of no more than one year and will be funded up to USD $75,000. The deadline to submit an application is February 3, 2020.

You can download the terms of the proposal request here. Please send any questions and applications to Nicole Ide at

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