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GEAR Groups


Generate, Educate, Activate, Respond (GEAR) Groups are peer-to-peer, case-based, action learning opportunities for state chronic disease practitioners. They are offered periodically and designed to catalyze planning for longer-term state level action. Participants can advance leadership skills, expand knowledge of pressing topics, and network with other public health professionals at state health departments.

Starting in 2019, GEAR Groups will use the University of New Mexico’s ECHO model™, a virtual “All Teach / All Learn” approach to professional development. Using Zoom video technology and following ECHO “Hub and Spoke” approach, GEAR Groups will engage up to 12 state chronic disease practitioners (spokes) with a Subject Matter Expert (NACDD hub) to explore emerging or long-standing chronic disease prevention and control topics. GEAR Groups meet approximately 4 times, usually once a week, for 90 minutes each. Meetings are not educational webinars, but rather facilitated conversations among participants requiring preparation and active engagement. Click here to explore 2019 GEAR Group Opportunities.

“The GEAR group experience is of course a great opportunity to learn about and from other states and their work. More than that, however, it is an exciting environment in which to drive each other to push the thought and action boundaries. Having dedicated time and atmosphere in which to do some critical thinking is invaluable.” — Jennica Allen, MPH Community Health Planning and Engagement Specialist, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Past NACDD GEAR Groups

Established in 2016, 15 GEAR Groups have covered topics developed by NACDD members and in alignment with the CDC’s Four Domains for chronic disease prevention and board strategic priorities. Information about those topic areas and their products can be found here.

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