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As program staff working to prevent chronic disease in your State or Territorial Health Department, many of our new Members have questions about NACDD and what our professional Association has to offer them. Here are a few answers.


The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors was founded in 1988 as a professional association of like-minded health officials committed to the advancement of chronic disease prevention and control. Today, the Association has grown to serve 7,000 Members, who share best practices, advocate for preventive policies, encourage knowledge sharing, and provide thought leadership in health promotion. Through professional development, capacity building, and program work, we remain dedicated to the success of state, tribal, and territorial work to reduce the burden of chronic disease in the United States.


NACDD has two main Membership categories: General and Associate.

General Members are any state and territorial health department employees working in chronic disease prevention and control programs, including staff in health promotion and education, epidemiology units, maternal and child health, oral health, injury, immunization, and communicable and noncommunicable diseases and/or risk factors.

Associate Members are Members who are not state or territorial health department employees, but represent other industries and specialty areas such as nonprofit, healthcare systems, private industry, or academia. Students who are enrolled full-time in public health or an allied field (with a minimum of 12 credit hours) also may become Associate Members. Retirees (individuals retired from the practice of public health, but who remain committed to the purposes of NACDD) are also welcome to join NACDD in this category.


NACDD’s Member benefits include peer-to-peer networking, professional development and continuing education opportunities, grant assistance, leadership-focused training, and much more (See our Member Information Guide for more details).

And don’t forget! If you’d like to connect with someone in our Member Services department directly about your Membership, please email Tamika Smith, Senior Manager of Member Engagement.


General Members automatically receive NACDD Membership through their State, Tribal, and Territorial Health Departments, which pay department Membership dues and complete an annual I-Count Survey to ensure that Membership rosters are current for their respective departments.

Associate Members join NACDD by completing a Member profile through the NACDD website, which is then reviewed and approved.

Here are some easy ways to maximize your Membership with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors:

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