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Who We Are

Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental change (ACHIEVE), a national partnership comprised of five organizations, was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Healthy Communities Program from 2008-2012. ACHIEVE was a collaborative approach to develop and implement environmental and policy solutions to increase physical activity, healthy eating and decrease exposure to tobacco in efforts to prevent chronic diseases at the local level. The five national organizations involved in ACHIEVE—National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA), and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)—were able to leverage each other’s assets and expertise in providing support to the selected communities. The network enabled all funded communities to have access to innovative strategies, solutions, and resources to implement sustainable changes to improve healthful living. The end result was a nationwide movement dedicated to Healthy Community change.

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What We Do

NACDD provided funding to 48 communities in 31 states and one territory between 2008-2012.  The funding supported communities to attend national training opportunities where they learned how to identify local leaders to form a coalition, conduct community assessments, develop and implement community action plans, and sustain efforts beyond the funding cycle. In addition to provision of funding, NACDD also provided hands-on technical assistance in the form of webinars, site visits and regularly scheduled conference calls with all funded communities.

NACDD's ACHIEVE communities have demonstrated success in making local improvements like working with city planners to install bicycle lanes to encourage biking to school; creating tobacco free parks to improve outdoor air quality for all who gather on the grounds; and supporting farmers markets to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of the successes of NACDD's ACHIEVE communities are captured in a success stories compendium. 

Community Mentor Model

Anticipating the end of ACHIEVE funding, the CDC and ACHIEVE national partners developed the Community Mentor Model (CMM) in order to continue the ACHIEVE and Healthy Communities efforts for many years to come. Since chronic diseases and conditions are growing at alarming rates throughout the country and are worse among disparate populations, the need for communities to continue transforming health using effective community models and leadership approaches remains evident. Without ongoing fiscal resources to fund communities and states, an infrastructure was needed to extend capacity-building of community leaders by proven leaders who are already doing this highly important work. This unique partnership model fosters relationship-building, empowerment, and leadership development, among and by communities who are structured similarly or in close geographic proximity. 

2012 Community2012 Mentor
Green Bay, WisconsinMultnomah, Oregon
Colby, KansasSalamanca, New York
Covington, KentuckyAshland, Kentucky
Winchester, IndianaNacogdoches, Texas
Norwalk, ConnecticutNortheast Health District, Connecticut


In order to successfully pair new ACHIEVE communities with an assigned mentor community, NACDD first initiated a Request for Assistance (RFA) application process for existing ACHIEVE communities who were interested in becoming mentors and providing support and technical assistance to newly funded ACHIEVE communities. NACDD matched prospective mentor communities to one of the five selected new communities based on, but not limited to, the below criteria:

  • Aligning mentor and mentee communities who shared similar demographic factors (i.e. population size, square mileage, race/ethnicity, etc.).
  • Aligning mentee communities with mentor communities based on specific PSE strategies being undertaken.
  • Aligning mentee communities to mentor communities within close proximity of location and/or within the same state. (Proximity was not a deciding factor in choosing an appropriate match if a mentor and mentee community shared demographics and PSE focus).

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Contact Us

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
2200 Century Parkway, Suite 250 
Atlanta, GA 30345
P (770) 458-7400

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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
2200 Century Parkway, Suite 250
Atlanta, GA 30345
Phone (770) 458-7400
Fax (770) 458-7401


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