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Healthy Communities

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Why do we believe in Healthy Communities?

NACDD believes healthier communities yield healthier states with healthier people enjoying an optimal quality of life. The most impactful efforts at making communities healthy now focus on jurisdictional, community, and population health approaches through policy, system, and environmental (PSE) changes instead of traditional, individual public health programs. This means that a greater number of people can be reached through health interventions, by changing and improving the infrastructure of the communities and states that people live in. 

Since 2008, NACDD has supported this concept of PSE improvements, with the goal of creating local communities where access to physical activity and healthy nutrition abounds and where exposure to tobacco is limited. Much research supports the notion that the unhealthy behaviors of poor nutrition, physical inactivity and use of tobacco products contributes to the onset of many chronic diseases and conditions, such as overweight and obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and stroke. The work of creating new policies, improving systems, and altering community environments helps to make healthy choices the easier choices in all community sectors where people live, learn, work, play, pray, and receive care.

NACDD’s Healthy Communities efforts are marked by its involvement with four great projects:

  1.  Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE (ACHIEVE, 2008-2012);
  2.  Healthy Opportunities through Prevention and Education (HOPE, 2012-2014);
  3.  Walkability Action Institute (WAI, 2014-present); and
  4.  Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities (DHC, 2015-present).

To learn more about these efforts, click on each project link above.


Map of NACDD Healthy Communities

Map of NACDD Healthy Communities coming soon ...


Contact Us

For more information about NACDD’s Healthy Communities efforts, please contact:

Karma Harris, MSPH
NACDD Public Health Consultant
Healthy Communities Lead

Jennie Hefelfinger, MS
NACDD Senior Public Health Consultant
Domain 2 Lead

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