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April 2014
NACDD is the only organization representing all state and jurisdictional chronic disease staff, dedicated to building capacity and making public health good for the public.
Message from the CEO

April is National Minority Health Month and this year's theme couldn't be better:  "Prevention is Power:  Taking Action for Health Equity."  Health equity and health disparities touch us all.  There are often health disparities within our own neighborhoods and within our own families.  It is increasingly hard to level the playing field once chronic disease has taken up residency which is why we must stay vigilant.  By focusing on prevention, we can work upstream with social determinants of health - to provide equal access and equal opportunity where people live, work and play.  The best way to fight health disparities is to prevent them in the first place.

John W. Robitscher, MPH
In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News

Partner Updates/News
Upcoming Opportunities

Important Resources

Upcoming Events

Last Month's Highlights

Impact Fact

NACDD Project Updates & News
A new article on Alzheimer's Disease legislation, by leading health policy expert, David Hoffman, is now available free of charge to NACDD members.  Click to read the complete article.

Tobacco use will be prohibited on all Georgia public college campuses.  The Georgia Board of Regents, the body governing the 31 colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia, unanimously approved a tobacco ban for all campuses at a meeting on Tuesday, March 18.  

Effective October 1, the policy prohibits the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, on any property owned, leased or operated by the University System, including outdoor areas and parking lots.  Read more...
NACDD's Senior Consultant Awarded 3rd Place in the PCNA's 20th Annual Symposium Poster Contest

NACDD's Senior Consultant for Cardiovascular Health, Margaret Casey, was awarded 3rd place among 40 poster participants in the Preventive Cardiology Nurses Association's 20th Annual Symposium.  The poster describes the Million Hearts® Workshops that NACDD conducted in 2012 and 2013.  Read more...

Course:  How to Apply a Health Equity "Lens" When Making Program and Policy Decisions

Description:  This course will demonstrate how to use the Equity Impact Review (EIR) tool when making program and policy decisions.  The EIR tool is both a process and an instrument to identify, evaluate, and communicate the potential impact - both positive and negative - of a policy or program on equity.
Partner Updates & News
One Month After Launch, Practical Playbook Being Put Into Use Nationwide

Washington, DC - On March 5, 2014, the de Beaumont Foundation, Duke Community and Family Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a Practical Playbook:  Public Health & Primary Care Together, a new website designed to promote and facilitate collaborative health projects between public health officers and primary care providers.  Read More...
Non Face-to-Face Physical Activity Interventions In Older Adults:  A Systematic Review

Physical Activity is effective in preventing chronic diseases, increasing quality of life and promoting general health in older adults, but most older adults are not sufficiently active to gain those benefits.  A novel and economically viable way to promote physical activity in older adults is through non-face-to-face interventions.  Read More...
Upcoming Opportunities
Search for Director, National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is actively recruiting for the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).  The selectee will lead public health actions to promote health and safe environments and prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.  Read more...
Webinar:  Promote Healthy Communities and Avoid Lobbying
Webinar presented by ChangeLab Solutions in partnership with Susannah Vance Gopolan, JD, Partner at Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell, LLP.  

At the end of this training, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand federal rules and regulations regarding technical assistance to state/local governments;
  • Identify the difference between allowable technical assistance and unallowable lobbying; and
  • Improve your organization's compliance with federal law related to evidence-based and policy development work.
Planning Fundamentals:  A Web-Based Course for State Department of Health Staff

Planning Fundamentals is a self-directed, online course created by the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) at Emory University, with the support of the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation and with input from state program staff.   Click here
April General Member Call

Thursday, April 24, 2014 @ 3pm ET

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During this webinar content experts from CDC and the University of Virginia will expand upon the training provided on February 25, 2014 regarding the basic concepts of public health ethics and to focus on ethical issues that arise in public health interventions for non-communicable diseases.
Top Member States of the Month
(States with most member tracked email "opens")
New York

An estimated 1,200 colleges and universities across the U.S. have made their campuses tobacco-free. ~ Georgia Department of Public Health
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