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April 2015
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
Many of you can attest to the matchless storytelling of Ken Burns and in particular, his recent artistry in the series called, The Roosevelts.  The story of the Roosevelt family reveals the limitless potential of people helping people, despite one's ailments, family origin, nationality or education.  Their conviction to improve the lives of their fellowman ran through their multi-generational family tree. 

I was reminded while watching the series, of the many members of NACDD that are no less committed and no less effective in turning the tide on human suffering from chronic disease.  It is our desire to recognize these individuals throughout the year.  Today kicks off our spring nomination process for the Joseph Cullen Award, the Excellence Award in Chronic Disease and the Community Impact Award.  Many of our heroes go ‘unsung’ each year because we all are understandably too busy to take the time to nominate them for their exceptional work.    Because this is so central to our mission at NACDD, we have streamlined the nominations process this year, word-limited the fields and brought it all online.  I sincerely ask you to take a break from your day and click on the link below to read about the awards and pause to consider someone that you feel is deserving of our collective acknowledgement and appreciation.  History changing works of the Roosevelts were hard to miss because of their public stage.  Similarly, NACDD endeavors to use its national platform to make sure that all can see the life-changing work of our dedicated members.   Please nominate someone today.

John Robitscher, CEO
In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News

Partner Updates/News
Important Resources

Upcoming Events

NACDD Project Updates & News
NACDD Awards Nominations Now Open

NACDD's awards nominations are now open to all members.  Please do not delay in taking a moment to read the brief descriptions and then nominate yourself or a colleague for Excellence and Impact in Public Health.  Nominate someone today!
National Public Health Agenda for Lupus

NACDD is pleased to announce an innovative partnership with CDC and the Lupus Foundation of America to develop a National Public Health Agenda for Lupus, organized across the Four Domains of Chronic Disease Prevention. Read more.

NACDD Hosts Webinar on Connecting Chronic Health Conditions and School Attendance through Improved Data Collection and Use

Chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and food allergies play an important role in school attendance. Over 800 people joined to learn more about this topic in NACDD’s recent webinar “Connecting Chronic Health Conditions with School Attendance: Improving Data Collection and Use.”
 Read more.
Collaborating to Impact Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes for Women With Gestational Diabetes

Collaborative partnership efforts can serve as a model for others to replicate these interventions to potentially reduce the risk of women progressing from gestational diabetes (GDM) to type 2 diabetes.  Read more.
NACDD Students at GSU Host Campus Chronic Disease Day for National Public Health Week

On Wednesday, April 8th, the Association for Chronic Disease Awareness at Georgia State University (NACDD's student body) marked National Public Health Week by hosting their spring Campus Chronic Disease Day. Activities included a poster competition and a career panel, where students had an opportunity to seek advice from current chronic disease professionals. Congratulations to ACDA GSU President Jenniffer Stetler and her team for hosting an excellent event! Check out the NACDD Facebook page for more pictures!
NACDD to Host “Environmental Public Health Tracking Virtual Conference 2015”

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Environmental Health Tracking Branch (Tracking Branch) to host a virtual conference. The conference will increase awareness and knowledge about the environment’s role in chronic diseases and will highlight collaboration opportunities between the chronic disease community and the Tracking Network.  Read more.
Belinda Heimericks, MS(N), RN, Section Administrator for Chronic Disease and Behavioral Health at the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, will be celebrating her retirement on April 30th. After 9 years with the SHD, Belinda will be working with the Missouri Nurses Association and enjoying more time with her family. 

NACDD congratulates Belinda on her retirement, and wishes her all the best as she begins a new chapter!
Partner Updates & News
New DNPAO State and Local Programs Website

CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) has launched the State and Local Programs website. This new site was built to help states and their partners implement Domain 2 strategies required by the State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity, and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health (State Public Health Actions) and the Programs to Reduce Obesity in High Obesity Areas (High Obesity) cooperative agreements.
Read more.
Georgia State University's  School of Public Health Extends Application Deadline for Online Chronic Disease Course

Georgia State University's School of Public Health in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is pleased to offer the Online Chronic Disease Program.  This workforce development program provides public health practitioners with the 21st century skills needed to prevent and control chronic diseases.  Health department workers now have an opportunity to participate in this online program.  For additional information, click here to download brochure.
House Passes Medicare Physician Reform Bill

The House voted 392-37 to pass a Medicare bill (H.R. 2) that would permanently reform and avoid future cuts to physician payments. It also would make permanent the Qualifying Individual (QI) program, which pays Part B premiums for certain low-income beneficiaries, and extend for 2 years low-income outreach and enrollment funding at higher levels. NCOA has played a leadership role on the QI issue and will continue to work with the Senate to improve the bill for low-income beneficiaries before the next vote in mid-April. Read NCOA's letter to the House.
Health Snapshots for Nearly Every County in All 50 States
The 2015 County Health Rankings examine 30 factors factors that influence health—including adult obesity rates, physical inactivity rates, access to exercise opportunities, and a food environment index that measures both food insecurity and access to healthy food.
Learn about other national trends at
FDA Holding Public Meeting on FSMA Implementation Strategy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a public meeting entitled, “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Focus on Implementation Strategy for Prevention-Oriented Food Safety Standards.” Registration for the webcast still open. Read more.
Two New Bills Would Advance Safe Routes to School Funding, Transportation Safety

With less than two months to go before the current MAP-21 transportation law expires, members of Congress are championing their priorities. The National Partnership is supporting two new bills: S. 705, which would strengthen and increase funding for the Transportation Alternatives Program, and HR 1274, which creates a grant program to support Vision Zero initiatives around the country.  The SRTS federal blog has the details on both bills, and you can take action and ask your Senator to sign on to S. 705. With your help, we can build support for funding for Safe Routes to School, bicycling and walking in the next transportation bill. Read more. 
NACDD Members Save on Marketing Disease Prevention in America Conference

The Marketing Disease Prevention in America Conferecne (MDPA) will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia on June 16-17.  This conference brings together pharmaceutical companies, advocacy groups, and public health marketers of disease prevention and health promotion.  To see the agenda or to register go to  All NACDD members can use the promotional code MDPA1550 to save 50% off the regular price through May 29, 2015. 
Public Health Law Center Releases New Report

Public Health Law Center releases "State & Local Public Health Overview of Regulatory Authority."  This brief question and answer styled report can serve as an excellent guide to share with partners unfamiliar with state and local public health.  Click here to read the report.
CDC Preparing a New Ad Campaign About Breast Cancer in Young Women

The Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at CDC is in the process of recruiting women to feature in our new digital ad campaign about breast cancer in young women called Bring Your Brave. We are seeking women to share their compelling stories about exploring family history, breast cancer risk and prevention, and breast health. The goals of the campaign are to motivate young women to learn their risk for breast cancer, including their family history, and to encourage these women to engage in conversations about their risk with their health care provider. Read more. 
New York State Invests $50M aimed at Alzheimer's, Dementia Care

New York state is making an unprecedented investment in care for people with Alzheimer's disease, setting aside $50 million in the next two years to expand support groups, respite care and other services for those with the condition and their loved ones. Read more. 
1305 Mapping Resource

The start to every good plan is a map.  Alpha R Systems is experienced in helping state health departments:
  • map entire, state-wide health systems
  • analyze gaps in communication and coordination
  • develop strategies to strengthen health system partnerships
Click here to learn more
Starting from Zip: CDC Helps Identify & Address Health Disparities to Help Improve Equity Across Communities

Today, your ZIP code says far too much about your health. Within the United States, there are unacceptable disparities in health, state-by-state and even county-by-county. The effort to make the U.S. the Healthiest Nation in One Generation starts with ensuring equity across our communities. Read more.
New Report Measures the Well-Being of the Nation’s Most Populous Communities 

A new report from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranks the 100 largest communities in the United States by their comparative well-being.
Click here to read more.

“Standard of Care, Now Available Everywhere”
Digital Therapeutics and the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

April 23, 2015 @ 3:00 pm ET
This webinar will describe how a Digital Therapeutics approach to DPP (whether in combination with a traditional in-person option, or by itself) can help you bring the proven benefits of the DPP to a much broader array of patients-in-need than ever before.
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