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The Impact Brief is the official newsletter for the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. It is distributed monthly to approximately 4,800 NACDD members, partners, and stakeholders. You can view NACDD's Impact Brief archive here: http://www.chronicdisease.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=101928&id=160757

 

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New Virtual Reality Simulation Provides Education for Women Diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Posted By Frank Bright and Natasha McCoy, Thursday, September 21, 2017

During the next 10 months, a virtual reality simulation product will undergo testing. The product will help women, who are diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, to understand their diagnosis, make informed decisions about treatment, and increase engagement with their medical care team. NACDD works on the development of this product with Dr. Lisa Richardson, director of the CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) who leads the project for CDC.

 Called “Talking to Someone: Triple Negative Breast Cancer Simulation," the simulation is one of three products developed in the first phase of the NACDD Innovative Communication in Cancer Prevention and Control Project. Valuable contributors to the project along with CDC include: Kognito LLC, a virtual reality simulation developer; Westat Incorporated; Northside Hospital Cancer Institute; Greenville Hospital System; and many key informants. 

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NACDD Partners with Physical Therapists

Posted By Mari Brick, Thursday, September 21, 2017

To increase the availability of arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions, NACDD’s Arthritis Initiative partners with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on funding for APTA state chapters and physical therapy practices. Evidenced-based interventions for arthritis can reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve quality of life.

 The first round of funding, awarded in July, supports the Illinois and Iowa state APTA chapters and Vertex Physical Therapy Specialists, a physical therapy practice in Columbia, South Carolina, in offering the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease. Walk With Ease is a self-directed program to residents with arthritis. NACDD encourages APTA state chapters and physical therapy practices to apply for the second round of funding (award expected in October) using the application materials here. Find more information on the arthritis-appropriate evidence-based interventions available to physical therapists and their patients, visit MoveForwardPT.com.

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NACDD and CDC Fireside Chat Focuses on Advancing Team-Based Care to Manage High Blood Pressure

Posted By Julia Schneider, Thursday, September 21, 2017

NACDD, in coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, is the host of a September 27 Fireside Chat. The chat will focus on advancing team-based care and the use of the pharmacists’ patient care process and collaborative practice agreements, including the experiences of states participating in a workshop-based project designed to implement the following new CDC resources: Methods & Resources For Engaging Pharmacy Partners Using the Pharmacists' Patient Care Process to Manage High Blood Pressure: A Resource Guide for Pharmacists and Advancing Team-Based Care Through Collaborative Practice Agreements. Jeff Durthaler, population health consultant pharmacist for CDC, will moderate the fireside chat panel discussion that features Ben Berrett, manager, Pharmacy Primary Care Services at University of Utah Health and Hannah Herold, Chronic Disease Prevention Program Manager with the Wyoming Department of Health. The project faculty guiding the participants also will share their perspective and includes: Lindsay Kunkle, Director of Practice & Science Affairs, American Pharmacists Association; Marialice Bennett, professor emeritus, The Ohio State University, College of Pharmacy; Troy Trygstad, consultant; and Krystalyn Weaver, vice president, Policy and Operations, National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. Fireside chat attendees also can attend a follow-up Virtual Roundtable to continue the discussion in a less formal, small group format on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, from 2 to 3 p.m. ET. Dial in at that time using 1- 866-707-1092; passcode 4581813#. More information on the Advancing Team-Based Care project is available at http://www.chronicdisease.org/?page=PPCPandCPAProject.

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New Health Systems Quality Improvement Tool

Posted By Julia Schneider, Thursday, September 21, 2017

The new CDC Health Systems Scorecard tool helps health systems assess evidence-based chronic disease care management policies and practices. State and local health departments can share the scorecard tool with their health systems colleagues to stimulate clinical-public health partnerships. In a July NACDD webinar, presenters provided an orientation to and demonstration of the electronic tool’s primary components, described how to set up an account, discussed approaches to inviting health systems to participate, and reviewed the benefits of implementing the scorecard. To view the recording, please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4358663487636349698.

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NACDD Grantee Presentations at National Vision Summit

Posted By Carol McPhillips-Tangum, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Three NACDD grantee presentations at the Focus on Eye Health National Summit highlighted projects funded through NACDD and the CDC Vision Health Initiative. Held in June 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington DC, the meeting included presentations by Betsy Cagle of the Alabama Department of Public Health, Kay Wenzl of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and Marc Molea of the Ohio Department of Aging. They described the activities engaged in over two years to explain the public health burden of vision loss and eye disease; promote prevention of vision loss and access to eye care; implement promising interventions to improve eye health and/or improve quality of life for persons with vision impairment; and advance vision loss and eye health as public health priorities. The presentations also provided examples of the strategies implemented in state health agencies to improve vision and eye health. 

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NACDD Contributes to Journal Supplement on Cancer Prevention During Early Adulthood

Posted By Leslie Best, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine supplement, “Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Early Adulthood” includes a paper summarizing highlights and themes from an expert meeting co-hosted by CDC and NACDD, titled “Cancer Prevention During Early Adulthood: Highlights From a Meeting of Experts.” Contributors to the paper and the meeting include NACDD consultants Leslie Best, Frank Bright and Randy Schwartz as well as meeting facilitator Bill Benson of Health Benefits ABCs. In 2015, CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control formed a partnership with NACDD to identify opportunities for cancer prevention during early adulthood, defined as persons roughly  18 to 44 years of age. One goal of the project was to convene a two-day in person meeting with an interdisciplinary group of invited experts and CDC staff to discuss opportunities for cancer prevention during early adulthood. The meeting, held in April 2016, covered topics such as alcohol use, circadian rhythm disruption, endocrine disrupting chemicals, life transitions, stress, health literacy, health communications, physical activity, mental illness and cancer prevention in the context of incarcerated populations. NACDD also presented the preliminary results of a literature review of 158 articles related to 15 cancer risk-related factors that are relevant during early adulthood. The collection of papers in the AJPM supplement expands upon the discussions that took place at the meeting.

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New York Demonstration Project Paves the Way for Access to National DPP

Posted By Trina Thompson, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NACDD helped the New York State Department of Health plan and host a Stakeholder Engagement Meeting in 2016, resulting in an action plan that promotes implementation of coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. New York-Presbyterian Hospital recently collaborated with Omada Health to launch a digital National DPP demonstration project for 100 hospital employees with prediabetes. Results of this demonstration will inform decision-making on adding the National DPP as a covered benefit for the hospital’s 23,000 employees. Other employers can learn  how to start an employee benefit coverage process by tapping into the new NACDD National DPP Coverage Toolkit

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Demonstrated Effectiveness of NACDD’s State-led Evidence-based Public Health Training Course

Posted By Carol Brownson, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

In 2010, NACDD helped to expand the national evidence-based public health (EBPH) training by funding a state-based, train-the-trainer course to build EBPH capacity within health departments in states where training takes place and to leverage local expertise to train partners and co-workers. The national EBPH course, offered multiple times since NACDD began funding it in 2000, shows positive benefits for participants. A survey of chronic disease practitioners who attended a state-led EBPH course shows encouraging results for this course delivery method, as follows:

• 88 percent of participants said they had acquired knowledge about a new subject

• 85 percent of participants saw applications for course knowledge in their work

• 79 percent of participants reported becoming a better leader who promotes evidence-based decision making

• 78 percent of participants agreed that the course improved their abilities to make scientifically informed decisions at work.

Consistent with other evaluations of EBPH training, the most commonly reported reasons for not using course content as much as intended included not having enough time, lack of trained peers, and inadequate funding. These results suggest that the train-the-trainer method is effective for broadly disseminating EBPH principles. It is less costly than the traditional method and allows for tailoring courses to local needs, making it a viable approach to dissemination and scale up of new public health practices.

For more on the findings, read the article, “Evaluating a Train-the-Trainer Approach for Improving Capacity for Evidence-based Decision Making in Public Health." 

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New Video on the Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities Project

Posted By Karma Harris, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NACDD is proud to share a new video compiling highlights of the project efforts of 10 local communities participating in the NACDD Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities project. This national pilot project funded by the CDC Disability and Health Branch enables NACDD to partner with five state disability and health grantees, 10 local communities (two from each of the five states), the National Center for Health Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) and the Lakeshore Foundation to promote making healthy choices the easy choices with a principal focus on disability inclusion.

NACDD  is especially thankful for the NCHPAD videography team collaboration in development of the project video, led by Ingrid Pfau, Matt Henton, and Chase Tinnon. The video highlights just some of the great work being done by the local community grantees to make community changes that promote inclusion of people with disabilities so that all community members can better access and participate in healthy eating and physical activity. View the video here. For more information or to request help with integrating disability inclusion into your work, contact: Karma Harris or Jennie Hefelfinger.

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NACDD Commitment to Advance Applied Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Posted By Natasha M. McCoy, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NACDD selected four newly-hired, junior-level chronic disease epidemiologists to receive one-on-one technical assistance and professional development from senior chronic disease epidemiologists as part of its 2017 mentee class for the National Mentorship Program in Applied Chronic Disease Epidemiology. The Program was developed by the CDC Division of Population Health and NACDD to advance applied chronic disease epidemiology capacity in state health departments. Program oversight is provided by program chair, Khosrow Heidari, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control; Natasha McCoy, NACDD Senior Public Health Consultant for CDC Domain 1 (Epidemiology and Surveillance) and NACDD's executive leadership team. NACDD recruited mentors and coordinated the pairing process with mentees. The 2017 mentee class includes:

  • Asra Khalid, BS, MPH, Epidemiologist, Tennessee Department of Health
  • Nhan Nguyen, BS, MPH, Epidemiologist, Cook County Department of Public Health, Illinois
  • Ami Sedani, BS, MPH, Surveillance Coordinator, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
  • Allison Verbyla, BS, MPH, Public Health Analyst II, Vermont Department of Health, Division of Health Surveillance

The 2017 mentors are:

  • Dr. Agricola Odoi, University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Dr. Ann Pobutsky, University of Hawai’i at Manoa
  • Dr. Ghazala Perveen, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Dr. Ericka Welsh, formerly with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment

 Mentees are required to focus mentorship on developing capacity in one or more pre-identified competency areas through a project developed jointly by the mentee, mentee supervisor and mentor. During the seven year span of the program, NACDD worked with more than fifty mentor-mentee pairs representing state and local health departments, universities and medical facilities. Former mentees have become senior chronic disease epidemiologists and chronic disease directors. Recruitment activities for the 2018 cohort are expected to begin in October 2017. For more information, contact Natasha McCoy at nmccoy@chronicdisease.org.


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