The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Environmental Health Tracking Branch (Tracking Branch) to host a virtual conference in May 2018. The conference will increase awareness and knowledge about the environment’s role in asthma and other chronic diseases and will highlight collaboration opportunities between the chronic disease community and the Tracking Network.
Conference content will include topics such as asthma, air quality, cancer, heart disease, health equity and the environment, and others. The virtual conference will serve as a venue for collaboration between state leaders, decision makers, and practitioners working in environmental health and chronic disease prevention. The virtual conference will also serve as a viable platform to garner new audiences while informing state health department chronic disease directors and appropriate staff of the value and usage of National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network).
The Tracking Network, which is operated by CDC’s Tracking Branch, is a system of integrated health, exposure, and environmental hazard information and data obtained from a variety of national, state, and city sources. It presents what is known about where environmental hazards exist, where people are exposed to hazards, and how targeted action can protect health, reduce illness, and save lives. Using Tracking Network data, health departments leverage resources and strengthen capacity in various areas including chronic disease prevention.
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a non-profit Public Health organization committed to serve the chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. jurisdiction. Founded in 1988, NACDD connects more than 5,000 chronic disease practitioners to work for preventive policies and programs, encourage knowledge sharing and develop partnerships for health promotion in every state and US Territory. Since its founding, NACDD has been a national leader in mobilizing efforts to reduce chronic diseases and their associated risk factors through state and community-based prevention strategies.
NACDD has numerous communities of practice addressing the unique prevention and control efforts of specific chronic diseases while advancing the professional development of chronic disease staff with common program interests. NACDD has several new communities of practice that use the new G.E.A.R. (Generate.Educate.Activate.Respond) Framework. One of which is the new Health and the Environment Best Practices Team, which was launched in 2015 and is now in its second cycle. For more information see NACDD Initiatives.