STAR Frequently Asked Questions
What does STAR assess?
STAR assesses the overall chronic disease prevention and control program, not its categorical program elements. STAR examines the extent to which the state’s categorical chronic disease programs are integrated into a comprehensive approach, utilizing the NACDD Framework for Comprehensive Chronic Disease Programs and the Competencies for Chronic Disease Practice. The assessment addresses the core components of a successful state health department chronic disease prevention and control program, including: Leadership, Epidemiology and Surveillance, Informatics/Information Systems, Partnerships, State Plans, Targeted Interventions, Evaluation, Program Management and Administration, and Program Integration.
Why participate in STAR?
States have many reasons for a program review request. In some cases, the program is small and desires growth. In other instances, the program is experiencing rapid growth or facing reorganization or new mandates. Other programs are looking for better ways to integrate, to increase program resources or visibility. Benefits of a visit may include:
What steps can I take to apply for STAR?
Where can I learn more about the STAR process?
The NACDD website (www.chronicdisease.org) describes the STAR initiative and contains a variety of downloadable documents, such as the STAR State Guidebook. The website includes information about:
1) the application process
How can our Chronic Disease Program apply for STAR?
The core components of the application remain consistent from year to year, although the guidelines for applications may be modified somewhat. The written request for STAR includes the rationale or need for the visit, a brief description of the state’s chronic disease program, and a SWOT analysis.