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April 2017 Impact Brief
April 2017
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.

I am pleased to announce that our Health Equity Council has published a new toolkit to help organizations identify and deal with institutional racism, “Moving to Institutional Equity: A Tool to Address Racial Equity for Public Health Practitioners.”

The tool is the capstone of more than year of NACDD focus on promoting on health equity, led by Namvar Zohoori, our 2016 board president. As Namvar said at the beginning of his term, “We all know that health disparities are pervasive… And we all know that the root determinants of inequalities in our society run deep and are not easily overcome.”

For example, across many income levels, African-Americans are more likely to have a chronic illness or disability than Caucasians. In addition, a 2012 study found that primary care providers spend less time with African-American patients and involve them less in decisions about their medical care. While there are many complicated and confounding factors at play – the result is that African-Americans have a higher mortality rate from preventable diseases than other racial groups.

The Moving to Institutional Equity tool, along with other resources on our President’s Challenge 2016 page can help organizations frame and understand some of these implicit or institutional biases as well as develop cultural competencies.

Within Headquarters, we are “walking the walk” by using the toolkit in our own organizational alignment activities.

And you can get involved by joining our Health Equity Council, whether you are interested in learning more or already are passionate about this issue.

Congratulations to Louise Square, project lead, and to the Council on the completion of “Moving to Institutional Equity.”

We can conduct epidemiological studies, build out strong program models, and effectively engage our communities
 but we still may not see the progress we would like to if we do not address the root causes of health inequality. Together, let’s further our work advancing public health by starting a conversation about health equity in our own departments. Here’s how.

The CEO's Reading List
In this issue...
Resources Career Center

NACDD Survey Library

Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar

Blog Posts

What's Working Database
NACDD Project Updates & News

Charting the Course for Improved Health Systems in the U.S.-Associated Pacific Islands

The Pacific Chronic Disease Council continues to sustain the Pacific Non-communicable Disease Collaborative Initiative, to strengthen health care quality and outcomes related to diabetes preventive care in eight health systems in the region. Read More...

Partner News

NACDD Helps to Shape Agenda for Cholesterol Control

In April, NACDD leaders, consultants from its Cardiovascular Health Team, and Members from the Texas Department of State Health Services were selected to participate in a multi-disciplinary planning session to help shape the future of cholesterol management in Dallas, Texas. Hosted by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, participants included Janet Wright of Million Hearts®, leaders in healthcare and academia, and several patients. Read More...

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Launches New Initiative

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is pleased to launch NIDCR 2030, a strategic visioning initiative designed to advance dental, oral, and craniofacial research during the next 15 years. NIDCR is seeking members’ ideas on how to align oral health research with patient needs and how to promote patient-centered outcomes. Please forward all comments to John Robistcher

Upcoming Events
April 2017 General Member Webinar

Fast Thinking: Behavioral Economics and Triggered Behavior Change to Boost Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes

Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Time: 3-4:00 p.m., EDT

Register Here
2017 CDC National Cancer Conference

Visualizing the Future Through Prevention, Innovation,
and Communication

Date: Aug. 14-16, 2017

More information

Overview, Impact & Strategic Considerations of the Quality Payment Program

Leavitt Partners, a health care intelligence gathering firm and valued NACDD partner published an updated white paper on the quality aspects of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The report describes the Quality Payment Program, reviews the ways it will affect the healthcare delivery and payment system, and offers suggestions for navigating the system changes.

Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHS (CT)

Jean O'Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH (GA)

Namvar Zohoori, MD, MPH, PhD (AR)

Kathy Rocco, MPH (VA)

Tomas Aguilar (PA)
Judith Gabriele, MPH (NM)

Whitney Hammond, BSW, MSW (NH)

David Hoffman, MEd, CCE (NY)

Monica Morales, MPA (CA)

Caroline Peck (CA)

Karen Girard, MPA (OR)

Melita Jordan, MS (NJ)

Kristi Pier, MHS (MD)

Robyn Taylor, MBA (OH)

Linda Scarpetta, MPH (MI)
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