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June 2016 Impact Brief
June 2016
NACDD is the only organization representing all state and jurisdictional chronic disease staff, dedicated to building capacity andmaking public health good for the public.
Men’s Health Month is not just about men’s health.It is about family health, spousal health, partner health and personal health.Public health practitioners know that an annual focus on men’s health should simply serve as a reminder to men, and those they love, to make an appointment with their doctor.According to the CDC, only one third of age appropriate men receive colorectal screening tests that help find precancerous polyps. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States and at least 60 percentof those deaths could be avoided if screening guidelines were followed.So what is public health to do? I have had my screening and I expect those of us in public health to “lead by example” — and then talk about it.According to a study at Indiana University, findings suggest that “advice exchange is a common type of social interaction” and that “sharing personal experience is an important form of advice giving.”At the end of the day, many of us are more likely to remember a story from a friend who caught health problems early – than 100 posters or online postings about the subject.As a man over 50, I believe that I am called to practice population health foremost — starting with myself.
In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News
Resources Career Center

NACDD Survey Library

Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar

Upcoming Events
June 2016 General Member Webinar (TODAY!)

Tools for Identifying Vulnerable Populations and Health Disparities

Date: Thursday, June 23, 3016

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Register Here
NACDD Project Updates & News

State GIS Trainees Apply New Mapping Skills to Chronic Disease Problems


As the 2016 CDC/NACDD/Rice University Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training drew to a close, North Dakota participant Jesse Tran said, “I have taken GIS courses in the past which taught me the mechanics of using the software, but left me without any resources to apply it to my work in public health. This training showed me how I could utilize GIS in a meaningful way and introduced me to a network of peers with whom I could share ideas.” Expertly provided by the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at Rice University in Houston, TX, this three-part training series is funded by CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and encourages participation from a broad range of chronic disease programs.Read More...

Opportunities for Cancer Prevention during Adulthood: Putting Scientific Evidence into Public Health Practice

NACDD and CDC convene national experts to address cancer risk and protective factors for cancer prevention during early adulthood. Read More...
Lupus State Workshops

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)collaborate to develop sustainable partnerships to build partnerships between leaders in state health departments, minority health and health equity and community based organizations to support persons living with lupus. Read More...

The PATH to Standardized Laboratory Testing


With leadership from the Endocrine Society, the Partnership for Accurate Testing of Hormones (PATH) is working to improve the quality of chronic disease biomarker measurements and promote the use of standardized measurements in public health practice, research and clinical care. Read More...

GEAR Groups Rolling On: Communicating the Value of Public Health


The GEAR Groups are now well into their work and are into their fourth calls, digging deep into the substance of their topics. The work of the GEAR Groups is hitting on very timely issues in the intersection between the emerging and transforming health system and chronic disease prevention and health promotion.GEAR Group #4 is tackling a hot topic that impacts all of our work -- Communicating the Value of Public Health. When we are successful … what happens- the stroke that didn’t happen, the cancer that is prevented … or with policy, systems and environmental change strategies we may be accused of running “the nanny state”… so communicating chronic disease prevention and control is frequently a difficult endeavor. Read More...

Photo caption: Dr. Shumei Yun (Missouri) and 2015 epidemiology program mentee, Ms. Lamees El-Sadek (Mississippi), 2015 CSTE Annual Conference, Boston, MA
Prevalence of Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis at State AndCounty Levels is Now Available

In 2014 doctor-diagnosed arthritis was common in the 50 states and DC. For the combined sample of all, the prevalence of arthritis ranged from 8.8% among those aged 18–44 years to 53.3 percent among those aged ≥65 years. The end result is that arthritis affects at least one in five adults in 47 states, DC, and Guam and nearly one in three adults in four states. Read more...
Chronic Absence in Schools Highlights Importance of Student Health

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) highlights, for the first time, how many students are chronically absent, defined by OCR as missing 15 or more days of school. Read more...
Accelerating Health Equity for Men of Color

There is an ongoing, increasing and predominately silent crisis in the health and well-being of men. Due to a lack of awareness, poor health education, and certain culturally induced behavior patterns in their work and personal lives, men’s health and well-being are deteriorating steadily. Society is being dramatically affected both at home and in the workplace because men are living approximately 5 years less than women. Read more...
Namvar Zohoori, MD, MPH, PhD (AR)

Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHS (CT)

Jill Myers Geadelmann, RN (IA)

Debra Wigand (ME)

Tomas Aguilar (PA)
Judith Gabriele, MPH (NM)

Whitney Hammond, BSW, MSW (NH)

David Hoffman, MEd, CCE (NY)

Gabriel Kaplan, PhD, MPA, URP (CO)

Jon Lowry, MPH (OK)

Monica Morales, MPA (NV)

CynthiaMusial (WI)

Caroline Peck (CA)

Jean O'Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH (GA)

Kathy Rocco, MPH , RD (VA)

Khosrow Heidari, MA, MS, MS (SC)
(Ex-Officio Director)

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