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May 2014 Impact Brief
May 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

May always means Memorial Day Bar-B-Ques to me, but it is also a major health awareness month.  May is Arthritis Awareness Month, Healthy Vision Month, High Blood Pressure Education Month,  Employee Health & Fitness Month, Melanoma & Skin Cancer Detection & Prevention Month.  Awareness is of course the first step, but I am always amazed at how awareness can sometimes lead to fear and inertia instead of action.  I would love to see "Action Months" added to  'Awareness Months' because of our members that deliver interventions that incite action.  Be it sodium reduction in schools, employee attendance at National DPP classes or helping communities become more physically active, our members turn Awareness into Action.  May this Memorial Day be a chance to remember those who acted on their awareness.

John W. Robitscher, MPH
In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News

Partner Updates/News
Upcoming Opportunities

Important Resources

Upcoming Events

NACDD Project Updates & News
NACDD is pleased to recommend the following partners, as part of its national partner-network, that it has established MOUs and through which all states and territories can contract for technical assistance.  These three partners are especially aligned with the requirements of 1305 funding and well positioned to assist states with planning, execution and evaluation of their work.  Read More...

The SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study recently released new data indicating the prevalence of Type 1 diabetes has increased 21% and Type 2 has increased 30.5% since 2001.  Schools are increasingly faced with the challenge of how to adequately meet the diabetes care and management needs of these youth.  Read More...
National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity Releases Healthy Meeting Toolkit

Nearly half of our waking hours are spent at work, and many of those hours are spent in meetings and conferences.  By adopting healthy meeting guidelines, your organization can help to create an environment that supports employees.  The Healthy Meeting Toolkit, developed by members of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) includes guidance on planning healthy meetings.  Read More...
Partner Updates & News
The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance is Pleased to Announce the Release of the First U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014 the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) in collaboration with its organizational partner, the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM), released the first U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth during a briefing held in collaboration with the Congressional Fitness Caucus in Washington, D.C.  Read More...
Florida Rallies Around Bike to School Day

May is the last month of the school year for many Southern states, and one where we see great numbers of children actively commuting to and from school.  Maybe there are so many people walking and bicycling because the weather is so nice, or maybe because teachers and parents want an outlet to that pre-summer energy the kids seem to have bundled inside them!  Regardless, walking and bicycling to school are great ways to enjoy the outdoors in our Southern state as well as get some much needed physical activity.   Read More...
Upcoming Opportunities
Quality Improvement Forum Call on Process Improvement Teams at the SHL at Iowa University
The Quality Improvement Forum Call on process improvement teams at the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa will be held on Wednesday, May 21 at 2:00-3:00 pm (EST).  Lorelei Kurimski, director of the Office of Organizational Development, and Rachel Greenberg, a first-year public health program associate for CDC, will present on creating process improvement teams.  During their presentation, they will cover the steps taken to create process improvement teams, and share facilitation and organizational tools and lessons learned.  To join the call, use bridge number 877.485.1403 and passcode 3709718.  To add your email address to the call distribution list and receive announcements for future calls, contact Tina Su at
Know:BRCA - New Tool Helps Women and Clinicians Assess Cancer Risks

Approximately 9,000 women under the age of 40 are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the United States.  These cases have proven to be more aggressive, found at a later stage and have lower survival rates.  Read more
The Challenge of Preconception Counseling:  Using Reproductive Life Planning In Primary Care

A case study is used to explore barriers and challenges in the delivery of preconception care, and to highlight the future role of reproductive life planning in primary practice settings.  Click here
May General Member Call

Tomorrow, May 22, 2014 @ 3pm ET

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During this presentation, Dr. Kaye Bender PhD, RN, FAAN, President and CEO of the Public Health Accreditation Board, will describe the current status of public health department accreditation in the US; discuss the natural linkages between chronic disease prevention and best practices and accreditation of health departments; and describe work that has been done to date as well as potential future collaboration opportunities.
Top Member States of the Month
(States with most member tracked email "opens")
New York

Each year in the United States, an estimated 9,000 women under the age of 40, are diagnosed with a more aggressive form of cancer with a high mortality rate. ~ Know:BRCA (CDC)
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