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June 2014 Impact Brief
June 2014
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
It is my pleasure to announce the inaugural, National Get Vertical Day.  This is a brand new congressional resolution that NACDD has worked on with U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop (GA) and the disabilities community, to help draw attention to the dangerous health risks of sedentary behavior.  This summer, Representative Bishop will designate National Get Vertical Day on the floor of the United States Congress.  Today, most Americans, drive to work sitting down, work at their desk sitting down, eat their lunch sitting down and drive home sitting down — only to sit down to dinner and sit down to watch television or read.   Conversely, walking 10,000 steps a day leads to a 90% reduction in heart attacks, a 30 to 70% reduction in cancer rates, a 50% reduction in type 2 diabetes and a 70% reduction in strokes.   NACDD is offering all of our partners and individual members, the opportunity to join with us as original co-sponsors of this national designation.   If you would like to do so, please contact Jonathan Halpern at Representative Bishop's office at:  The deadline to become an original co-sponsor is June 26, 2014.  I believe that this is a call to arms for the public health community.  It is a golden opportunity to engage employers in your state and make a real impact in the lives of the public workforce.  I hope that all of us would use National Get Vertical Day as a lightening rod to integrate movement into our regular workday activities and so begin to move disease prevention in the 'vertical' direction.  Please download the co-sponsorship letter here.
John W. Robitscher, MPH

In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News

Partner Updates/News
Important Resources

Upcoming Events
NACDD Project Updates & News
With the recent flurry of FOAs, NACDD has established a new "Grant-Guidance Hot Line" designed to help states identify which NACDD training programs and technical assistance services should be included in their application.   Read More...
As a benefit to members, NACDD routinely develops relationships with private organizations, non-profits and other federal agencies.  NACDD Partners are parties that NACDD has met with personally and established alignment of mission and vision as well complementary resource offerings.  NACDD is happy to introduce Omada Health and Fitbit to the family of companies that NACDD is pleased to recognize as friends of public health.  Feel free to learn more about them on their respective websites.    Read More...
2014 NACDD's Professional Development Survey Now Open

NACDD values its members and their time commitment to participating in professional development activities.  Public health practitioners at state health departments are at the center of our organization and have a unique need for training and professional development in key areas such as epidemiology, evaluation, chronic disease prevention, the four chronic disease domains as related to public health work at the state level and in many other key areas.  NACDD is committed to delivering highly relevant and usable trainings for chronic disease practitioners.  Please help us by completing the 5-minute Professional Development Survey to support our efforts.  Click here to take the Professional Development Survey - Your Opinion Matters to us!  Read More...
Partner Updates & News
Public Health Job Task Analysis - Your Input is Needed!

The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NMPHE) is conducting a job task analysis for public health, which will define performance domains and tasks performed by a public health professional, and the necessary knowledge and skills associated with these tasks.  Job tasks analysis are typically performed to ensure the integrity  of a professional examination.  Read More...
NIH FOA:  Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to develop, adapt, and test the effectiveness of the health promotion and disease prevention interventions in Native American (NA) populations.  NA populations are exposed to considerable risk factors that significantly increase their likelihood of chronic diseases, substance abuse, mental illness, oral diseases and HIV-infection.  Read More...
Essay:  Practice-Research Partnerships and Mentoring to Foster Evidence-Based Decision Making ~ Ross C. Brownson, PhD
When practitioners take an evidence-based approach to chronic disease prevention, they undertake several important processes 1) making decisions based on the best available scientific and rigorous program evaluation evidence; 2) applying program planning and quality improvement frameworks; 3) engaging the community and stakeholders in assessment and decision making; 4) adapting evidence-based interventions for specific populations or settings; and 5) conducting sound evaluation.  By using an evidence-based approach, activities in public health practice are explicitly linked with the underlying scientific evidence that demonstrates the causes of chronic diseases, epidemiologic patterns of chronic diseases and risk factors, intervention effectiveness, and external validity.   Read more
NYC Health Department Launches MenuStat

MenuStat is a public database of 35,000 restaurant foods and beverages from 66 of the top U.S. Restaurant chains.  MenuStat allows users to analyze nutrition trends across restaurants, food categories, and over time.    Click here
June General Member Call

Thursday, June 26, 2014 @ 3pm ET

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This Webinar will provide participants with an overview of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on-line resource, A Practitioner's Guide for Advancing Health Equity and ways to incorporate health equity into public health practice. 
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