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Get Involved with Your NACDD Community

NACDD provides various opportunities for Members to become involved in the Association's leadership opportunities through councils, committees, communities of practice, G.E.A.R. groups, and forums.

Councils act as a collective voice for change and advocate on behalf of State Health Departments:

Communities of Practice are opportunities to participate and engage at a higher level, providing Members a bridge between CDC and State Health Departments, making it easier for states to fulfill their requirements and achieve success. To learn more about ongoing CoPs, contact Marti Macchi, Senior Director of Programs.

Generate, Educate, Activate, Respond (G.E.A.R.) Groups are part of NACDD’s professional development and leadership programming. GEAR Groups provide learning incubators on various cross-cutting topics of interest to further advance leadership, mentoring, and expand opportunities for networking with other public health professionals at State Health Departments. Different G.E.A.R. Groups are offered each year through application process.

Gear:UP (Understanding Publications) is NACDD’s journal club on public health leadership and management. The club is open to all Members who are interested in exploring what the literature has to say about best practices and how they may apply in a state chronic disease program setting. Discussions are held the third Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. ET.

Committees help to inform the strategic direction of chronic disease prevention and control:

There are many other groups you may find helpful:

  • State Chapters: Each State Health Department is offered a place to upload content and manage a total of 10 webpages at no additional cost above and beyond their annual Membership. States can use this space to share toolkits, best practices, upcoming events, etc.

  •  BARHII Pilot Group: The Bay Area Regional Health Inequity Initiative (BARHII) Organizational Self-Assessment for Addressing Health Inequities Toolkit and Guidance is being pilot tested by four State Health Departments. This group houses administrative and meeting documents associated with the management of the pilot.

Have an idea to start a new group or need more information about which group might fit your needs and interests? Contact Tamika Smith, Senior Manager, Member Engagement.

And while you’re joining our online groups, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to get real time updates on our news and join in special conversations on these platforms.

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
325 Swanton Way
Decatur, GA 30030
(770) 458-7400
Hours of Operation: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.