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May 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 Board President

Welcome to May!
The month of May is when spring really gets into full swing in Washington State and gives us the feeling of boundless possibilities. It also brings much needed doses of Vitamin D!

Of course May is also the month when we celebrate Mother's Day and National Women’s Health Week. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Office on Women’s Health has an interactive screening chart to help women learn what screenings are needed to help them stay healthy. The screening guidelines are recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Click on the following link to see and use the interactive screening chart.

It is incumbent upon all of us to be proactive when it comes to our health. With the signs of new life that springtime brings, may we be reminded to renew our own commitment to care for our life and the lives of those around us.

Sue Grinnell
NACDD Board of Directors' President

NACDD Announces...
NACDD Send Well Wishes to Our Friends and Partners in Oklahoma.

Within minutes, the winds of change — change, and a tornado is on it's way. While the tragedies of Oklahoma are different than Boston and Waco and Newtown, their net result is the same. We extend our prayers to the survivors, the bystanders and all of the people whose lives have been forever altered. May it be a reminder to us all that work to prevent and control chronic disease, that our work is deeply important. Let us never tire in our efforts to protect and improve the health of the public, while we have strength and breath in us.

Click here to give a donation for the relief efforts.
NACDD News & Project Updates
Request for BidsArthritis Qualitative Research Project with State Legislators

The purpose of this Request for Bid is to implement a qualitative research project to gather information on possible state legislator activities that could contribute to addressing arthritis as a public health problem. Read More...
So, You Have Arthritis? Keep Walking.

Most adults with arthritis do no or low amounts of walking, which is an effective and safe way to achieve the proven arthritis benefits of physical activity. Almost two-thirds of adults with arthritis report no or low (<90 minutes) walking per week.
Healthy Communities... NACDD Making a Difference!

ACHIEVE communities continue to make a difference around the nation by promoting Healthy Communities concepts and creating healthful living where people live, learn, work, play and receive care...excerpts from two recent success stories shared...
A Word form Laura Hellwig, Colorectal Cancer Program, New Mexico Department of Health

"Recently I was given the opportunity to attend the Evidence Based Public Health Course in St. Louis. After the four day course, attendees left energized by the updated public health knowledge, shared resources, and supportive collaboration that will continue as we work to provide excellent public health services for our communities' citizens.
What Does Modern Prejudice Look Like?

The Health Equity Council continues its series on moving from Institutional Racism to Institutional Equity. In May the focus is on: What does modern prejudice look like?

In a new book, Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People, the authors turn the conventional way people think about prejudice on its head.
Join the NACDD Health Equity Council

Have a voice in the national movement to shape the public health approach to health equity. Get involved with colleagues across the country in projects like: how to include health equity standards and measures in PHAB; promoting CLAS standards; organizational self-assessment for addressing health inequities; elements of success in robust state health equity actions; moving from institutional racism to institutional equity. The Council meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 3:00pm - 4:pm ET. For more information and how to get involved, contact Gail Brandt at
Partner Updates
CDC Announces New Environmental Public Health Tracking Curriculum - Pilot Testers Needed!
CDC announces its new Environmental Public Health Tracking Curriculum. This curriculum is intended for undergraduate and graduate level public and environmental health students. It is a flexible curriculum and could be taught in a single class period or throughout a unit on environmental health. Read More...
Washington State Department of Health Embraces The Life Course Theory.
Over the last 19 months the Washington State Department of Health has been on a journey that embraces Life Course Theory as an organizing framework. The Life Course perspective is a conceptual framework that helps explain health/health disparities in populations over time. The Life Course perspective also reflects the growing, converging scientific evidence from reproductive health sciences, developmental science, neuroscience, early brain development and chronic disease research. Read More...
FDA Commissioner: Final Menu Labeling Rules Coming "Soon”

During a recent hearing held by the Senate Appropriations Committee, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said a final rule for menu and vending labeling is likely coming by the end of 2013, if not sooner. The proposed rule, to require calorie information at point of purchase in chains of 20 or more restaurants or vending machines, was issued in April of 2011 following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act.
Hypertension: Make Control Your Goal

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. Help us spread the word on this preventable condition. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke in the United States. Nearly 68 million American adults have hypertension – that is one in every three American adults. An additional 30% of American adults are on the cusp of developing high blood pressure.Read More...
Upcoming Opportunities
RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize (Deadline May 23rd)
Here’s a reminder about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Roadmaps to Health Prize. "Prize-winning communities each receive $25,000 to honor their outstanding community efforts to help people live healthier lives.” To view the call for applications. Deadline is May 23rd
CDC Grant Notice - "Sodium Reduction in Communities Program"
The "Sodium Reduction in Communities Program” (NCCDPHP - CDC-RFA-DP13-1301) aims to reduce sodium intake to levels recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Eligible applicants include state health departments, city and county health departments with jurisdictions over 500,000, and American Indian tribal governments. For more details, you can find the full announcement and grant application here. The CDC will host an informational call for applicants on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:00pm EST; the call-in information is 866-934-5134; Passcode: 45641947. The application deadline is June 18, 2013.
Important Resources
Updated CDC's Winnable Battle Targets (the latest available data, providing snapshots of the targets and trends driving the Winnable Battles)
If you missed the April 2013 General Member Call, download it today!
NACDD has resources and tools that states can use with their coalitions, partners and the public. States are encouraged to use the resources below for their own information, to share with partners and to educate the public on their own websites and through social media outlets.
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
3-4:30 pm ET
RSVP Online Here

Please join us to learn:
  • Overview of Million Hearts
  • NY City Dept of Health's Primary Care Information Project (PCIP) and Health eQuits
  • Utilization of Electronic Health Records as Smoking Cessation Aids
  • Strategies to Help Patients Succeed in Smoking Cessation Programs
  • Benefits of Multi-Part Smoking Interventions
  • Bronx BREATHES, a Community-Based Program Helping Smokers Quit
Guest Presenters Include:
Janet Wright, MD, FACC
Executive Director, Million Hearts
Sarah Shih, MPH
New York City Department of Health
Vincent Jarvis, MD, MPH
Chief Medical Director, NY Hotel Trades Council
Barbara (Bobbi) Hart, MPA
Program Director, Bronx BREATHES
May 30, 2013
2-3:00 pm ET
(877) 267-1577
Meeting ID: 0374
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