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National Association of Chronic Disease Directors: Getting to know the Association

Posted By Margaret G. Ritchie, Tuesday, October 18, 2016


The general public may be confused about the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors when noting that its core mission includes a statement on “improving the health of the public.” 

NACDD – a nonprofit public health organization – focuses on strengthening state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control by supporting chronic disease program directors and other members in each state and U.S. jurisdiction. Through this work, NACDD expects the health of the public will be improved. 

Founded in 1988, NACDD connects more than 6,400 chronic disease practitioners to advocate for preventive policies and programs; encourage knowledge sharing; and develop partnerships for health promotion. NACDD has been a national leader since 1988 in mobilizing efforts to reduce chronic diseases and their associated risk factors through state and community-based prevention strategies.

The association supports states’ efforts through: providing educational and training opportunities for our members; developing legislative analyses, materials, policy statements and other resources; educating policymakers about the importance of funding for state chronic disease prevention and control efforts; providing technical assistance; and mentoring to state public health practitioners.

NACDD develops partnerships and collaborates with public health and science communities to pursue common goals and address the needs related to specific chronic diseases. NACDD staff and consultants work hard every day to combat chronic disease – the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S.     

To view a list of NACDD’s initiatives, visit the website here


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