In 1988, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a group of state health department officials founded the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to support and encourage the next generation of leaders within state chronic disease programs.
And since our founding, our programs and activities remain focused on supporting the professional growth and development of state health officials. We know our Members may come to NACDD for different reasons, but as we face an increasingly challenging public health landscape, one thing remains constant: NACDD is here to serve you so that you can best serve your community
NACDD is at the leading edge of providing educational opportunities to its Members. Subjects chosen are based on needs assessment data from NACDD Membership and also are related to:
chronic disease competencies;
- Chronic disease prevention and health promotion domains; and
- PHAB standards.
The following are highlights of the resources we offer to you:
- Watch our General Member Webinars: Hear various educational topics presented monthly (January through December) in a one-hour call on the fourth Thursday at 3:00 p.m. ET. Previous topics are archived and have covered a wide variety of topics, including how to build a prediabetes awareness campaign in your state to adapting the CDC’s Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community model to oral health promotion and much, much more.
- Learn about our invitation only, Chronic Disease Academy: Held annually, the Academy is NACDD’s premier professional development program. On average, more than 300 state and territorial health officials, their staff, partners, and students attend the Academy for a deeper dive on core chronic disease prevention and control competencies, emerging issues in our field, and networking opportunities.
- Assess your competencies: NACDD’s Chronic Disease Competencies Assessment Tool allows Members to identify their current level of proficiency in each of the competency areas. Members can use the tool to: establish a baseline of current skills in a new position; conduct periodic self-assessments to observe change; work with a manager to compare assessments; and develop IDPs to support ongoing progress and advancement.
- Enhance your skills through our On-Demand Learning Series: These short, self-directed professional leadership and management development opportunities are designed to increase knowledge, comprehension, and application of the concepts and skills identified in the management and leadership domains of the Chronic Disease Competencies.
- Become a better leader: Chronic Disease Director leadership support is available through several NACDD programs and opportunities. NACDD’s Public Health Leadership and Practice Team facilitates peer-to-peer learning among Chronic Disease Directors by cultivating leader-to-leader dialogue among states and CDC and by enabling collective problem solving.
Industry studies suggest that the public health workforce is aging more rapidly than other industries—the average age of a public health professional is 47, nearly seven years older than the average American worker. And as many as 45 percent of the public health workforce could retire during the next five years. NACDD provides leading edge training, tools, and resources to support capacity and competency in chronic disease prevention and control and health promotion, now and into the next generation of public health.