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January 2015 Impact Brief
January 2015
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.
Message from the CEO
Call To Action
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) have remained front and center in the news regarding their Innovation Center, Pioneer ACO work, Lung CT scan proposals and Supreme Court hearings. Their work will only increase this year as CMS will affect nearly 123 million Americans and manage a budget of $601 billion for fiscal year 2015.  NACDD recognizes that by 2030, older Americans will represent approximately 20% of the population. Because chronic diseases affects 80% of all Americans, there is a natural intersection between our work in chronic disease and the work of CMS.  NACDD’s leadership, with support from CDC, will endeavor to explore natural areas of synergy in the areas of evidence-based interventions, financial reimbursement and ACA implementation. While times are indeed changing, I am challenging all chronic disease units to reach out to their state Medicaid counterparts and begin to establish new channels of communication and sharing how chronic disease prevention and control programs provide a valuable ROI to CMS. If your state would like help establishing those connections, please contact me directly. We must act now to optimize the health and quality of our populations. This targeted, communications strategy will help us all to put “Prevention into Practice.”

John W. Robitscher, MPH

In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News

Partner Updates/News Important Resources

Upcoming Events

NACDD Project Updates & News
NACDD Act on Data Workgroup Develops Video on Systems Thinking 
NACDD develops a new systems thinking resource. Read more. Read more.
NACDD Begins Year 3 of "I Count!" Campaign
"I Count!" is an NACDD initiative that began 3 years ago in an effort to better serve and understand our membership. NACDD will be reaching out to State Chronic Disease Directors this month to ensure that all State CD employees have an opportunity to engage in NACDD's many professional development communities and opportunities.
Call for Abstracts Now Open!
NACDD is now seeking abstracts for poster presentations for the 2015 Environmental Public Health Tracking Virtual Conference  Read More
NACDD Awards Million Hearts® Technical Assistance Opportunities to Three States 
NACDD is pleased to announce that three states have been selected to receive enhanced technical assistance and support to address the cardiovascular burden in their respective states. Connecticut, Nevada, and Utah successfully competed in the request for technical assistance (RFTA) offer from NACDD to assist states in implementing a Million Hearts® Stakeholders Workshop that brings together statewide partners.  Read More
NACDD and CDC to Launch Walkability Action Institute

One of the many public health issues that NACDD cares about is making states and communities more walkable throughout the country. At NACDD, we understand that this is not just a public health problem...  Read More
The Gestational Diabetes Collaborative:  Better Data Better Care 
The Gestational Diabetes Collaborative:  Better Data Better Care (funded in 2009 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation) was developed to address some of the barriers and issues related to Gestational Diabetes. Read more.
Partner Updates & News
Coming soon: Apply for funding to enroll seniors in SNAP 
NCOA soon will be seeking proposals from community-based organizations for Senior SNAP Enrollment Initiative grants in two competitive categories ($25,000 and $50,000). The Request for Proposals will be released on or around Jan. 20. Optional Letters of Intent are due Feb. 13, and applications are due March 6. Check the NCOA website for more information.
Updated Chronic Disease Indicators and Website 
The Chronic Disease Indicators have been updated and are now available, along with a newly updated, interactive website.  These key indicators for chronic diseases, conditions, and risk factors have been expanded from 97 to 124.  They now include the topic areas of disability, mental health, older adults, reproductive health, and school health. Visit the website at:
Announcing the 2nd National Walking Summit 
The Every Body Walk! Collaborative and America Walks are excited to host its 2nd National Walking Summit in Washington, D.C. on October 28-30, 2015. The Summit is the only national meeting that brings together the multiple supporters, allies, and disciplines working to increase walking and making our communities safer, attractive and accessible for walking. Please Click Here to get more information about the Summit or email America Walks’ Program Manager, Susan Lyon at
ASTHO Offers STD Prevention Resources
To enhance state health agencies' ability to address STDs, ASTHO has compiled a collection of resources that provide a snapshot of current STD trends and issues and opportunities for leadership engagement. ASTHO also worked with CDC and partners to examine the integration of STD services and identify opportunities for collaborative efforts.  Read more

Within the context of the Prevention Agenda 2013-2017, New York State’s Health Improvement Plan, the presenters will describe how they are building off of the action plans developed at the local level to identify improvement measures that can be used to track progress in promoting mental health and preventing substance abuse, which is one of the five statewide priorities for action.Thurs., January 22, 1-2 p.m., ET  Read more
New Ken Burns Three Part Film Series on Cancer
Beginning March 30th at 9pm ET, PBS presents Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, tells the complete story of cancer, from its first appearance in the fossilized remains of dinosaurs to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. At six hours, the film interweaves a sweeping historical documentary; with intimate profiles of current patients; and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, to the brink of effective treatments. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is directed by Barak Goodman and Executive Produced by Ken Burns, who is also the senior creative consultant.  Read more
NDNRC Releases New Fact Sheet on Mental Illness 

The American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) is pleased to announce the publication of a new fact sheet for the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative (NDNRC). “What to Know When Assisting a Consumer with Mental Illness” is intended to help Navigators identify issues that are unique to consumers with mental health conditions to assist them in making decisions related to their healthcare coverage.  Read more.
Dietary Reference Intakes and Chronic Disease Endpoints Workshop

The Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) Committees of the U.S. and Canadian governments will hold a workshop in March, 2015 entitled “Options for Consideration of Chronic Disease Endpoints for Dietary Reference Intakes.” The objective of the workshop is to critically evaluate key scientific issues involved in using chronic disease endpoints for setting dietary reference intakes and, in this context, to provide information for future decisions as to whether and/or how chronic disease endpoints can be incorporated into the setting of DRI values.
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"The Untold Health Equity: The Commit to Inclusion and the Guidelines to Disability Inclusion in Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Programs and Policies." 
Join NACDD for our January General Member Webinar, January 22nd, 3pm ET. Click here to register.
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