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December 2013 Impact Brief
December 2013
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
At this time of year when hearts naturally turn toward giving, I am
reminded of those who gave us the gift of  their "vision" to establish our Association 25 years ago.  I think of Jeff Taylor and Frank Bright along with Jim Marks and Jeff Koplan who seized the opportunity to amplify and magnify the collective brain trust of tens of thousands of chronic disease professionals from every corner of the Union.  I also think of the gifts of service that our members have given to keep this Association growing year after year.  Last year alone, we added over 1,000 new members including new board members, new committee members and new leaders at every level of state government.  Lastly, I thank all of you in advance for your financial gifts that will allow the Association to chart a course for the next 25 years of thought-leadership, service and innovation.  May your heart be full this season and may you receive the gift of my heartfelt thanks!

John W. Robitscher, MPH

"This year we've made it easier for you to support the work of your Association.  Just follow the mistletoe!"
In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News

Partner Updates/News
Upcoming Opportunities

Important Resources

Upcoming Events

Last Month's Highlights

Impact Fact
NACDD Project Updates & News

NACDD is proud to introduce Dr. Ruth Petersen from North Carolina's Division of Public Health and Dr. Evelyn Walker from the Mississippi Department of Health.  Read more...
NACDD continues to expand its Healthy Communities reach throughout the country and welcomes new communities and states to its Healthy Community network.  Recently, 184 public health professionals representing 253 communities and eight states were trained on the five-phase Healthy Community model through participation in a five-part webinar series.  Read more...
NACDD Member Focus

Meet Colorado's Chronic Disease Director, Gabriel Kaplan, PhD, MPA, and read a brief interview about his views on healthcare reform, life outside of the office and what NACDD means to him. 
Partner Updates & News
The newly released inforgraphic presents key information about why research and care for people with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) is important.  The data presented in the MCC infographic mainly comes from a new analysis of 2010 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data conducted by Abt Associates.  Read More...
Via Executive Order, Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) has made Washington the first state to adopt a comprehensive approach to increasing access to fresh, healthy food on state property and facilities.  According to the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, under Executive Order 13-06, Improving the Health and Productivity of State Employees and Access to Healthy Foods in State Facilities, the state is establishing a Health and Wellness Steering Committee to set up a worksite wellness program.  State agencies also will increase the availability of healthy, fresh and locally grown food and beverage choices for employees and state program participants. 
Public Health Nutritionists Play Critical Role in Obesity Prevention Efforts

ASPHN has completed two papers that make a strong case for importance of public health nutritionists in state health agencies.  Improving the Nutritional Wellbeing of Women, Children and Families is a call to action to state agencies working with the MCH population.  The brief presents recommendations and specific steps these agencies can take to improve the health of women, children and families. 
Upcoming Opportunities
NACDD and the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis Will Host the Evidence Based Public Health Course March 24-28, 2014
The Evidence-Based Chronic Disease Course is presented annually by the Prevention Research Center (PRC) in St. Louis, in collaboration with NACDD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The primary target audience for the course is the membership of NACDD; interested others are accepted on a space-available basis.  Applications are available and approximately 20 applicants will be accepted.  Travel costs will be covered for those selected.   Read more...
Call For Papers - The Evidence for Policy and Environmental Approaches to Promoting Health

Health Education & Behavior (HE&B) in collaboration with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), seeks to publish a special issue of the journal focused on the evidence base for policy and environmental approaches to improving health status and reducing health disparities.  For more information...
CDC Reports that Arthritis is On the Rise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a report analyzing 2010-2012 National Health Interview Survey data concluding that arthritis prevalence is on the rise. The report provides new, updated estimates of how many U.S adults have arthritis, and how many of those people are limited in their ability to do everyday activities because of arthritis symptoms. These limitations are known as arthritis-attributable activity limitations or AAAL.


General Member Call will resume in January 2014
If you missed the November 2013 General Member Call, Click here to download!
AGA Federal Financial Systems Summit
Thursday, January 9, 2014 8:30 am - 4:15pm ET

Cost Complimentary to Members
Non-AGA Member:  $100

Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001

Confirmed Speakers:
  • Norman Dong, Interim Controller, Office of Management & Budget
  • Richard Gregg, JD, MPA, Fiscal Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • David Lebryk, MPA - Commissioner of the Bureau of the Fiscal Service - U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Jonathan Peck, President & Senior Futurist, Institute for Alternative Futures
  • Ronn Kolbasch, Assistant Vice President of Shared Services, Yale University.  Prior State of Ohio Shared Services Director
  • Kim Hood, Executive Director, Department of Administrative Services, State of Utah
Top Member States of the Month
(States with most member tracked email "opens")
New York

$.71 of every healthcare dollar is spent on people with multiple chronic conditions.  ~ AHRQ
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