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Cardiovascular Health Announcements
December 2, 2016
NACDD invites chronic disease/health promotion directors and staff to apply for a leadership development, mentoring, and learning opportunity called Generate Educate Activate Respond (GEAR) Groups. GEAR Groups are part of a professional development and leadership program in NACDD to provide learning incubators on various crosscutting topics of interest to further advance leadership, mentoring and expand opportunities for networking with other public health professionals at state health departments.

This prestigious opportunity is a selective process by application (due January 6, 2017) at the following link:

The focus of the 2017 round of NACDD GEAR Groups will be on communicating the role and value that public health has in achieving the Triple Aim. The five GEAR Groups described below will look through the lens of health equity and CDC’s four chronic disease domains to discuss how public health can more effectively communicate the value of their chronic disease prevention and control efforts and outcomes to a variety of stakeholders.
GEAR Groups are offered in five topic areas based on data collected from NACDD members and Board members. The five groups are:

GEAR Group 1: Communicating the Value of Public Health through Data and Surveillance.
GEAR Group 2: Communicating the Value of Public Health through Environmental Approaches.
GEAR Group 3: Communicating the Value of Public Health through Health Systems.
GEAR Group 4: Communicating the Value of Public Health through Community-Clinical Linkages.
GEAR Group 5: Communicating the Value of Public Health through Health Equity.

To learn more and apply, visit:
For more information, contact Jennie Hefelfinger at
October 25, 2016

The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention held its 14th annual meeting October 19th in Washington DC. The focus this year was on bridging clinical and population health, and included many speakers to address this hot topic. The National Forum also took time to recognize key leaders for their work in heart disease and stroke prevention. Award recipients included:

  • Minnesota Department of Health - for their steady work and commitment to improving the heart health of all Minnesotans, including community-clinic linkages and crosscutting approaches to prevention.
  • Ursula Bauer, PhD, MPH, Director, CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion - for her outstanding partnership with the National Forum.

The American Heart Association, the National Forum, and NACDD held a reception the evening before to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. CDC staff who were instrumental to the formation of the division were acknowledged, and remarks were given both by the Division's first director, Darwin R. Labarthe, MD, PhD, and the current acting director, Cathleen Walsh, DrPH, MSPH.

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