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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

It seems that every year, the month of June is characterized by the ending of the school year and by Father's Day.

This year was no different and therefore it brought to my mind the unique role that fathers play in determining good health for their children. In Jeffrey Rosenberg and W. Bradford Wilcox's, HHS report: The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children, they note the "increased recognition of the vital role that fathers play in all aspects of their children’s lives." Moreover sociologist Dr. David Popenoe states in the report, "fathers are far more than just 'second adults' in the home. Involved fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring." While chronic disease knows no gender, it is important to pay attention for opportunities to involve fathers in public heath messaging and interventions. From prostate and colon screenings to smoking cessation, fathers can be powerful influencers and role models in the behavior of other men as well as their children. Hopefully the month of June will always remind us to leverage the positive impact that fathers can have on the health of our families, communities and nation.


John W. Robitscher, MPH
NACDD Chief Executive Officer
NACDD News & Project Updates
Epi Mentoring Program CSTE Conference

NACDD was funded by CDC to start the Mentorship Program in July 2010. This program recruits mentees from state health departments and their mentors from public health and academic centers. Mentees select a well-defined project to focus 20% to 30% of their time completing their projects within a year. The current cohort, comprised of seven mentor-mentee pairs, started their one-year collaborative work in December 2012.
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NACDD's HOPE Project Grows As New States and Communities Join the Healthy Community Movement

NACDD's HOPE Project invited communities and states nationwide to join the NACDD Healthy Community movement by participating in a five-part webinar series on Healthy Communities concepts. Read More...
How Ashland, KY ACHIEVE Puts the "Extra" Back in "Ordinary"

NACDD ACHIEVE community Ashland, KY, continues to experience sustainable community health improvements even after the end of their project. This community continues to receive accolades for its hard work and achievements, ranging from its receipt of local, state and national attention and recognition. NACDD thanks Ashland, KY for its commitment to healthy community change, and for putting the "extra" back in "ordinary".
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Expanding the Reach of Enhance® Fitness in Michigan

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors supported this roundtable discussion with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address the need and importance of providing high quality, evidence-based models to people living with the burden of arthritis. Read More...
NACDD Helps Build the Gestational Diabetes Network Through Electronic Media

The Gestational Diabetes (GDM) Network was developed in 2011 as a means to foster communication, build learning communities, and create a national presence related to GDM ad its consequences between the GDM Collaborative states and national partner organizations.
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2013 Oral Health Grantees

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to announce that five grants have been made for state health departments to identify and address the oral health needs of older adults. The grants will increase states’ capacity to gather, analyze, and disseminate data and information on the burden of oral disease and conditions among underserved and vulnerable adults aged 50 and older. This data will also be used to inform, prioritize, deliver, and monitor programs that identify and address opportunities to improve access to and use of oral health services by at risk older adults. Click here for complete list.
NACDD Congratulates Jeanne Alongi

NACDD senior consultant, Jeanne Alongi, completed her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her dissertation was titled: A Case Study Examination of Structure and Function in a State Health Department Chronic Disease Unit. This work addressed a large literature gap regarding the relationship between organizational structure and effectiveness in state health departments. Her research drew on both her past experience serving in a state public health department, as well as her service to countless NACDD members since 2002. It is with sincere appreciation and respect, that NACDD acknowledges Jeanne's educational achievement.


Partner Updates
A.M.A. Recognizes Obesity as a Disease
The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, a move that could induce physicians to pay more attention to the condition and spur more insurers to pay for treatments. Read More...
CDC Director Tom Frieden to Speak at 2013 ASTHO Annual Meeting
On Sept. 19 at the ASTHO Annual Meeting, during the education session "CDC Strategies and Perspectives to Address Population Health," CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, will present the agency's approaches to addressing new public health threats and the impact of changes in the U.S. health system. The session will also provide an opportunity for attendees to have a dialogue with CDC's leader. For more information click here.
Upcoming Opportunities
CMS Round Two of the Health Care Innovation Award Funding Opportunity Announcement
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announces round two of the Health Care Innovation Award funding opportunity. For more information click here.
Incorporating Environmental Public Health Tracking into Health Impact Assessments
Sponsored by the American Public Health Association, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of County & City Health Officials
Thursday, June 27th, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m. (EDT)
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Important Resources
If you missed the May 2013 General Member Call, download it today!
Upcoming Events
Thursday, June 27, 2013
3-4:00 pm ET
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Join us for a discussion about the Equity Impact Review (EIR) Guide developed by the Washington State Department of Health.. The webinar is intended to: (1) introduce the Health Equity Impact Review Guide, an assessment tool designed to help predict the impact of a public health policy or project on health equity; and (2) help you identify examples in which you can apply the Guide. Our featured presenter, Gail Brandt, helped to develop the EIR Guide. In preparation for the webinar, please click on the link here to view a copy of the Guide:
http:// here.doh.wa.gov/materials/equity-impact-guide
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