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April 2013 Impact Brief
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

On Friday, April 19th, the NACDD staff wore road race t-shirts to commemorate the bombing victims in Boston. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this surreal time. This heart-breaking incident reminds us of the fleeting time we have on earth and to cherish every moment we have with the ones we love. As we work together toward a brighter future we are challenged to continue to use our assets wisely to promote health and well-being and to prevent devastating diseases and conditions that threaten our way of life and life itself.

John W. Robitscher, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
NACDD Announces...
NACDD Conducts its Annual "Hill Day"

On April 9th, NACDD conducted its annual "Hill Day" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC., using only non-federal funds to support its efforts to educate policy makers. NACDD was represented by its board members, committee chairs and headquarters' leadership. The group conducted 38 individual office visits and received significant receptivity for NACDD's 2014 policy priorities. Many congressional offices promised to include NACDD's requests in their letters to the appropriations committees in the House and Senate. NACDD's 2014 priority fact sheets can be found on the NACDD website.
2014 Appropriations Fact Sheets
NACDD News & Project Updates
Systematic Approaches to Cancer Screening
Anticipated increases in Medicaid eligibility through the implementation of health reform, will present chronic disease programs with a the opportunity to work collaboratively with state Medicaid programs to develop data systems to identify and provide education, outreach and follow-up of diagnostic and treatment needs to individuals that have not received recommended cancer screening tests. Read More...
Accelerating the NACDD Healthy Communities Movement...
Does your community or state strive to reduce chronic diseases and related conditions by making healthy choices the easy choices? If so, come and join the NACDD Healthy Communities movement!

Through NACDD’s Healthy Opportunities through Prevention and Education (HOPE) Project, a new five-part virtual training series will be offered beginning in May to assist local community coalitions in preventing chronic diseases and related conditions by making healthy choices the easychoices.
Arthritis Program Improving Quality of Life for People in Florida
The Arthritis Program recently helped advance momentum in Florida for implementing evidence-based public health programs, specifically focusing on older adults with multiple chronic conditions. Betsy Wood, previous NACDD Board Member and FL Chronic Disease Director, and Dr. Matt Longjohn from the Y-USA provided presentations on the importance of evidenced based programming as well as practical examples of cost savings and health improvement. Read More...
NACDD intern earns top spot on Capitol Hill

Connor Stubbs, who interned at NACDD's headquarters in 2011, was awarded an internship with Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada. Connor said in an email to NACDD CEO, John Robitscher, "I couldn't be more excited for this opportunity and thank you for your letter of recommendation".

Stubbs provided an array of technology and communication services to NACDD during his internship, including preparations for NACDD's website enhancements.
Partner Updates
How Healthy is Your County?
The annual County Health Rankings rate the health of nearly every county in the nation, and show that much of what affects health occurs outside of the doctor’s office.

The Rankings are easier to use this year, with interactive maps and new county-level trend graphs detailing changes over time for several measures, including children in poverty, unemployment, and quality of care.

CDC Continues Tips Campaign and Features New Stories, Health Conditions
CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) is building on the success of the Tips From Former Smokers campaign by expanding its campaign efforts in 2013. The Tips 2013 campaign will continue to raise awareness of the negative health effects caused by smoking, encourage smokers to quit, and encourage nonsmokers to protect themselves and their families from exposure to secondhand smoke. Read More...
Seniors to Stay Healthy and Active with New Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Supported by Verizon
SAN FRANCISCO, Cailf., March 26, 2013 - Seniors will learn how to stay healthy and active to reduce the risk factors that contribute to heart disease, depression, high blood pressure, and diabetes through a new chronic disease self-management program offered by Self-Help for the Elderly, supported by a grant from the Verizon Foundation. Read More...
Upcoming Events


"Delivering Cost Effective, High Quality Patient Care through Accurate and Reliable Laboratory Testing"

Atlanta, Georgia - May 15, 2013

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April 25, 2013 General Member Call
This webinar will focus on the importance of standardized laboratory blood testing and its importance to the quality of clinical care, research and public health outcomes.
Title: Clinical Standardization
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm EDT

Reserve Your Seat Now
Important Resources
If you missed the March 2013 General Member Call, download it today!
Upcoming Opportunities
Call For Papers - Health Education & Behavior "Fostering Engagement and Independence: Opportunities and Challenges for an Aging Society"
Older people are growing in number faster than any other age group, both nationally and internationally. In 2010, the number of older adults who were aged 65 years or older numbered 40.4 million in the United States (the most recent year for which data are available (AoA, 2011). Read More...
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