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November 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.
During this month of Thanksgiving, I like to reflect on how far we have come in the public health field. I am so thankful for the advances we now have which are effectively managing, and more often curing, chronic diseases, which affect millions of people around the world. With the abundance of Thanksgiving treats & sweets on the horizon, I can’t help to think of the condition known as prediabetes. However, I remain optimistic when considering that proper education, a healthy diet and regular exercise, can reverse prediabetes and prevent diabetes. Additionally, reversing prediabetes can also prevent heart disease, cancer, obesity and arthritis in many cases. That’s something to be thankful for!

CBS television is serving up three (calorie-free) television messages about diabetes prevention in New York City. These messages are presented by CDC's Dr. Albright, Director, Division of Diabetes Translation. They represent the first-ever television broadcast campaign about prediabetes. The messages acknowledge the significant and timely work of NACDD in this effort. In the new year they will be made available for you to broadcast in your state or local market. Let’s give thanks for the continued, proactive steps toward ending diabetes.
Should you want this prediabetes campaign to show in your state, contact John Patton, NACDD's Director of Communications (
In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News
Partner Updates/News
  • Campaign Helps Americans Put Good Food & Good Health on the Table
  • Autism Speaks & Ad Council Launch New PSAs
Career Center

Health Equity Public Health Coordinator (HEPHC)
NACDD Project Updates & News

Prevention Priority White Paper Released

David Hoffman, Chairman of NACDD’s Government Affairs Committee, has authored a new white paper on the immediate necessity to prioritize prevention in chronic disease. This informative report is useful within many settings and across diverse audiences.  Read More...

RFP: Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities

NACDD is launching another Healthy Communities project promoting physical activity, healthy eating, and reduced tobacco use for people living with disabilities across community settings; particularly with a principal focus on disability inclusion and accessibility. Read more...
Evidence-Based Public Health Training a Success in Kansas

In 2010, Kansas became one of the first states to gain NACDD support with state-based training in evidence-based public health. With the collaboration of NACDD, Kansas Bureau of Health Promotion have tailored the training to be state-specific and have held EBPH training for the past five years. Overall course evaluations have been positive. Read more...

NACDD Releases Three New Resources to Support State Health & Education Agencies

NACDD collaborated with the SHAPE America and the National Association of State Boards of Education to publish the State School Health Matrix 2.0. This updated nearly 1,000 state level policies and policy guidance for competitive foods and beverages, physical education and physical activity, and management of chronic conditions.
State Health Departments Selected for Geographic Information Systems Surveillance Training

NACDD congratulates Alaska, Arizona, New Jersey, and North Dakota for their selection for Phase VIII of NACDD Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Training for Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke, and other Chronic Diseases in State Health Departments. Read more...
It is no secret that NACDD has a vested interest in making states and communities everywhere healthier, more walkable, and better designed. For these reasons, NACDD is excited to join the US Surgeon General in changing and promoting large scale walkability efforts. One of the ways NACDD will demonstrate its support is through the second consecutive implementation of the Walkability Action Institute. According to the CDC, only 20% of American adults and less than 30% of high school students meet the minimum physical activity guidelines. Read more...
New Mexico Advances CHW Practice Through Professional Credentialing

Project Objective(s):
  • To provide workforce development and achieve voluntary certification of CHWs to ensure standardized training.  To also develop (as needed) health career pipelines for these important health care providers.
  • To reduce health inequities for New Mexico’s diverse communities through increased access to high-quality, cost-effective care and to ultimately support the integration of CHWs into health and social systems of car
Partner Updates & News
Campaign Helps Americans Put Good Food & Good Health on the Table

To promote healthy habits and wellness that will last throughout the year the American Diabetes Association® launches the theme of this year's American Diabetes Month®, Eat Well, America!℠.
Autism Speaks & Ad Council Launch New PSAs with 3D and Stop-Motion Animation

Award-winning campaign has helped increase awareness of signs of autism to nearly half of all parents with young children.
Cherokee Nation Public health Director Highlights Public Health Needs of Indian Country on Capitol Hill

On November 18, 2015, the Congressional Public Health Caucus and the Coalition for Health Funding organized a briefing entitled "Public Health 101- Opportunity Lost: Struggles to Meet Health Demands in an Era of Austerity." The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) was also a co-host of this event. During the briefing, panelists discussed how federal funding cuts have impacted health outcomes across the country. Read more...
Leading Health Indicators

Good nutrition, regular physical activity, and a healthy body weight are essential parts of a person’s overall health and well-being. Together, these can help decrease a person’s risk of developing serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Ensuring that all Americans eat a healthy diet, participate in regular physical activity, and achieve and maintain a healthy body weight is critical to improving the health of Americans at every age. Read more...
Job Opportunities!

NACDD, Atlanta, GA
Health Equity Public Health Coordinator (HEPHC)
NACDD is seeking an advanced level public health coordinator who is an expert in the subject matter for health equity and social justice in public health –particularly in the context of chronic disease. Click the link above for more information.
NACDD is pleased to announce the promotion of Cici (Lacinova) Roberts to the position of Human Resources Director. Cici has served with NACDD since 2007 in various roles and most recently as NACDD’s Manager of Operations. NACDD’s growth in recent years has necessitated a new director level position to oversee the recruitment, management and professional development of its staff and consultants. We're proud to have her in this position. Congratulations Cici!
Link to a recent survey lost & buried in your inbox? No problem! NACDD now houses all links, survey descriptions, etc. in our new Survey Library! Click here.
Coming Up...

The Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar is a joint effort by the CDC and NACDD to provide a comprehensive overview of upcoming events, webinars, meetings, and professional development opportunities for chronic disease professionals.
Click here to see what's coming up!
Namvar Zohoori, MD, MPH, PhD (AR)

Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHS (CT)

Jill Myers Geadelmann, RN (IA)

Debra Wigand (ME)

Tomas Aguilar (PA)
Judith Gabriele, MPH (NM)

David Hoffman, MEd, CCE (NY)

Gabriel Kaplan, PhD, MPA, URP (CO)

Jon Lowry, MPH (OK)

Monica Morales, MPA (NV)

Jean O'Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH (GA)

Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH (NC)

Kathy Rocco, MPH , RD (VA)

Khosrow Heidari, MA, MS, MS (SC)
(Ex-Officio Director)

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