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March 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

NACDD is currently available to assist states with their Prevention and Public Health Fund Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Program application.
NACDD with the CDC, is committed to providing support to optimize success in collaborative planning, implementation, and evaluation of essential public health services. To this end, NACDD is introducing members to a unique software platform called Catalyst that some states are already utilizing. It is designed to optimize collaborative planning, implementation, and evaluation of essential public health services.
Click here if you would like to learn more about the Catalyst system and how it can help your state provide new project visibility and streamline your reporting.

John W. Robitscher, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
NACDD Announces...
NACDD's 2013 Board of Director's President
It is an honor to announce Sue Grinnell as NACDD's new Board of Directors' President. Sue is the Director of the Office of Community Wellness and Prevention for the State of Washington and has served the Association for the last year as its President-Elect. We look forward to Sue's leadership as we thank Jillian Jacobellis of Colorado for her past year of presidential service.
John W. Robitscher Provides US Congressional Testimony for Increased CDC and State Funding
Testifying by official letter before the Congressional House Subcommittee on Labor-HHS-Education and Related Agencies, NACDD's CEO John W. Robitscher reported that the top seven chronic diseases will cost the United States $1 trillion annually and that modest changes in the public's health behavior could delay or prevent 40 million new chronic illnesses annually, according to a Milken Institute study. Testimony was delivered before Chairman Kingston and Ranking Member DeLauro. To read full document click here.
NACDD Project Updates
Cardiovascular Health Initiative Develops a Sodium Issue Brief Template
The Cardiovascular Health Initiative of NACDD has adapted a sodium issue brief developed by Los Angeles County Public Health Department. The sodium brief template is designed for other state health departments to include their own relevant state data. Both a Word document and a data file have been developed for use by states. Read more...
$25,000 Grants Available to Improve Patient Health Literacy
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) announces the availability of $25,000 grants for primary care practice groups to plan and implement laboratory blood testing prior to physical examinations of patients, providing opportunities to improve patient health literacy. Three awards of $25,000 each will be made to qualified clinics, in addition to educational tools designed to inform patients with low literacy skills about blood tests. Read more...
Five States Selected for GIS Surveillance Training
NACDD, CDC and the Children's Environmental Health Initiative at the University of Michigan are pleased to announce that five states have been selected to participate in Phase V of the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Training for Surveillance of Heart Disease, Stroke and Other Chronic Diseases. Read more...
NACDD Mentors Making the Case for Mentorship in the Community Setting
With the final year of funding in 2012 came the ending of the ACHIEVE era, but the beginning of a new way of community collaboration with the birth of the Mentor/Mentee Model as a cutting-edge approach to community health prevention. Read more...
Two New Resources available on the NACDD Diabetes Council Webpage
Working with Health Systems and Health Care Providers to Reduce Diabetes Complications

NACDD developed a series of fact sheets to help states and partners make the case for health system and provider practice redesign to improve care related to the four major diabetes complications: cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, neuropathy, and retinopathy. Read more...
Partner Updates
OASH releases New Inventory of MCC Programs, Initiatives and Activities and Innovative Profiles Report
Ever wonder where to go to find interventions, strategies, tools, training or research relevant to the multiple chronic conditions population? To respond to this need, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), with the help of its partners and stakeholders, developed the... Read more...
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Chronic Conditions State Reports and Dashboard
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released additional resources and tolls resources, CMS State Reports and the CMS Chronic Conditions Dashboard, which will allow users to conduct state-level examinations of patterns of chronic conditions and multiple chronic conditions among Medicare beneficiaries. Read more...
New Healthier Beverage Recommendations
Beverage choices contribute significantly to dietary and caloric intake in the United States. Choosing healthy beverages and other lower-calorie options, instead of high-calorie, sugar-sweetened beverages, has great potential to help Americans reduce caloric intake, improve diet quality, and reduce their risk for obesity. Read more...
NEW ASTDD Policy Statement on Preventing Tobacco Use and Eliminating Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
The ASTDD membership has approved a new policy on Preventing Tobacco Use and Eliminating Exposure to Secondhand Smoke (March 2013). Use ASTDD's newest policy statement to support collaborative efforts with Tobacco Control Programs! Click here...
News Reports: "Obamacare Pilot to Prevent Diabetes Starting at YMCA"
The YMCA of Central Ohio will start enrolling Medicare recipients this month for a diabetes prevention demonstration project under Obamacare that if successful in reducing medical bills could become a standard benefit. Read more...
Upcoming Opportunities
Funding Opportunity Announcements
The National Institutes of Health recently released three dissemination and implementation research grant announcements that encompass MCC (PAR-13-054. R21, PAR-13-055. R01, and PAR-13-056. R03). For more information, click here.
RFA Announcement
Participating clinics will be provided with access to LabsFirst patient education intervention tools (i.e., tablet computer software and computers, emailed messages, print materials, and website), designed to improve health literacy about blood tests. All patient data will be input by patients on the tablet computers. See the LabsFirst tablet computer software at this URL -

Application Steps
Letter of Interest - April 1, 2013
Invited to Apply - April 5, 2013
Application Due - April 22, 2013
Award Notification - April 30, 2013

Important Resources
If you missed the February 2013 General Member Call, download it today!
Upcoming Events
March 28, 2013 General Member Call
This webinar will focus on "Healthy Aging and Mobility -- Integrating Efforts to Support Livable Communities Across the Lifespan."
Title: Healthy Aging and Mobility
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Time: 3:00 - 4:00pm EDT

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