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June 2017 Impact Brief
June 2017
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.

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When I was a young boy in the 1970s, I visited my aunt Ida Flagler Daly during her visit to Washington, D.C. Ida, who had muscular dystrophy, was the founder of a disabilities support center in Seattle and traveled the world advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. What struck me then, and continues to inspire me today, is how she persevered, despite considerable physical challenges, in going wherever she needed to go to advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

With the help of her sister, Marion, Ida would work her way out of cars and onto street corners and into inaccessible bathrooms, always planning ahead (sometimes intentionally dehydrating herself so that she wouldn’t have to try to use an inaccessible bathroom). And when she met with government officials, she’d tell them just why they needed to mandate more accessible drinking fountains and more ramps up to bathrooms. She even wrote a book about her experience, “Adventures in a Wheelchair,” which I keep in my office so that my Aunt Ida can remind me, herself, why inclusion in public health is so important.

The evidence shows that it isn’t just poor city planning that discriminates against people with disabilities. Another impact of inaccessibility is a lack of opportunity for those with disabilities to participate in healthy activities and behaviors. And as a result, diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, more severely impact people with disabilities.

As the leading chronic disease prevention and health promotion association in the U.S., NACDD is proud of our inclusion efforts to promote making healthy choices the easy choices for everyone, regardless of physical or intellectual ability.

We have integrated inclusion courses into many of our core programs, including the Chronic Disease Academy. And in May, NACDD became one of the early signatories to the Partnership for Inclusive Health’s Commit to Inclusion initiative (watch the video of the initiative’s inaugural event at the National Press Club, or read about our formal commitment as part of this group).

Our obesity prevention activities also have helped to achieve some important wins for inclusion in five states and 10 communities this past year. Here are just two examples (you can read more on our What’s Working in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control database): 

  • We helped to support local advocates and city officials in Olean, N.Y., to re-design a 3,600-foot, major thoroughfare so that the entire community can enjoy a safer and easier walk to work or to shop.
  • In Adams County, Ohio, we coordinated with partners to provide adaptive bikes to public schools that will benefit more than 700 disabled students.

With these completed projects and with plans for additional programming in this area, we continue to work to make sure that our chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts offer everyone the chance to improve their own health. And I believe my Aunt Ida would expect no less. 

The CEO's Reading List
In this issue...
Resources Kudos Career Center

NACDD Survey Library

Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar

Blog Posts

What's Working Database
NACDD Project Updates & News

The PATH to Standardized Laboratory Testing

NACDD works collaboratively with CDC, the Endocrine Society and the Partnership for the Accurate Testing of Hormones (PATH) to improve the quality of laboratory measurements for chronic disease biomarkers and to promote the use of standardized measurements in public health practice, research, and clinical care. In February, the Endocrine Society convened the annual meeting of PATH membership, where NACDD was represented by Dr. Namvar Zohoori, NACDD past president. Read More...

An Update on Advancing Team-Based Care Project Update

NACDD and CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention work with state teams from Arizona, Georgia, Iowa, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming on a project to accelerate team-based care to manage high blood pressure using the pharmacists’ patient care process.

The pharmacists’ patient care process (PPCP) supports consistency in the delivery of patient care by pharmacists. Read More...

Innovative Data Collection: The Lupus Registries

CDC began funding five population-based registries in 2004 to obtain more accurate estimates of incidence and prevalence for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a chronic autoimmune disease. Academic investigators partnered with their respective health departments. Read More...

Opportunities for Cancer Prevention During Older Adulthood

The CDC Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC) organized the Cancer Prevention Across the Lifespan workgroup to foster innovative public health approaches to cancer prevention. DCPC formed a partnership with NACDD on a project to identify opportunities for cancer prevention during older adulthood. The goals of the project were to conduct a series of targeted literature reviews and convene an interdisciplinary group of invited experts and CDC staff to discuss opportunities for cancer prevention during older adulthood. Read More...

NACDD Work to Advance Public Health and Primary Care Collaboration

NACDD Member, Pama Joiner and NACDD Board Member, Kathy Rocco, along with NACDD staff, and consultants had the unique opportunity to attend the Practical Playbook Meeting in Washington D.C., on May 31-June 2. Read More...

Updating Health Department Staff about NACDD Applied Epidemiology Resources

About 1,500 individuals from state and territorial health departments and allied organizations attended the conference where NACDD representatives answered general questions about NACDD support for chronic disease epidemiologists and received many expressions of appreciation for the work that NACDD does. Read More...

NACDD Accepting Applications for the 2017 EPI Mentoring Program

Health department staff are invited to apply to join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Association of Chronic Disease Directors' 2017 National Mentorship Program in Applied Chronic Disease Epidemiology cohort as mentors and mentees. Read More...

Partner News

NACDD and CDC Release Toolkits for Diabetes Prevention Programs and Health Education and Promotion (HEP) Programs

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), in partnership with CDC and Leavitt Partners, launched the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) Coverage Toolkit on June 22. CDC has released two toolkits to support employers in making the business case to invest in diabetes prevention programs. The Diabetes State Burden Toolkit is an interactive website that reports the health, economic, and mortality burden of diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Impact Toolkit will help project the health and economic benefits of a diabetes prevention program on a given population at risk for diabetes.

Upcoming Events

NACDD and CDC Fireside Chat Addresses Health Systems Change in Hypertension Control on June 29

NACDD, in coordination with CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, is proud to continue its series of Fireside Chats with the upcoming session focused on addressing health systems change in hypertension control. Fireside Chats provide an interactive format for state health agencies to hear from content experts on issues related to cardiovascular health and grantee priority areas. Read More...

2017 CDC National Cancer Conference

Visualizing the Future Through Prevention, Innovation,
and Communication

Date: Aug. 14-16, 2017

More information
The State of Mental Health Disparities in the African American Community

The Case for Correcting Cultural Trauma

Date: Aug. 18-19, 2017

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NACDD In the News

Oregon First in Nation to Install Mobility Device-Charging Station at Statehouse

For just $375, Oregon became the first state to install in its statehouse a mobility device-charging station. The mobility device-charging station was invented by Pendleton-based entrepreneur Darrin Umbarger, an NACDD partner, who created the charging station after experiencing first-hand the challenges of powering his own mobility device. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the charging station installation took place on Monday, June 5, on the second floor in the Senate. Read More...

NACDD Board Member David Hoffman Completes Doctorate

David Hoffman, director of the Bureau of Community Integration and Alzheimer’s Disease Division for the New York State Department of Health, completed his doctorate in bioethics at the Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College. Congratulations Dr. Hoffman!

Resources and Observances
Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHS (CT)

Jean O'Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH (GA)

Namvar Zohoori, MD, MPH, PhD (AR)

Kathy Rocco, MPH (VA)

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

Whitney Hammond, BSW, MSW (NH)

David Hoffman, MEd, CCE (NY)

Monica Morales, MPA (CA)

Caroline Peck (CA)

Karen Girard, MPA (OR)

Melita Jordan, MS (NJ)

Kristi Pier, MHS (MD)

Robyn Taylor, MBA (OH)

Linda Scarpetta, MPH (MI)
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