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March 2016 Impact Brief
March 2016
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.

Robert Wood Johnson’s breathtaking initiative, “Building a Culture of Health,” is a national movement taking on one of the most pervasive challenges of our time: improving the health and well-being of everyone in America.  Fortunately, it is a challenge that NACDD is uniquely suited to assist.

For nearly three decades, NACDD’s unique strategy has been to engage and support state health department  professionals working in chronic disease and health promotion.  It has championed practice-based learning activities that build on adult learning theory, organizational development theory and effective approaches for knowledge translation.  

Central to our work, we approach each practice with a health equity lens.  To that end, we have just hired a health equity team member to ensure that equity is threaded through each of our programs and practices.  Recently I attended one of our CDC funded programs called, "Reaching Persons with Disability through Healthy Communities".  Hosted in Birmingham, Alabama by the Lakeshore Foundation, this one of a kind program highlighted the extent to which equity must be obtained for all persons - in all places.  NACDD's members have been on the front lines of building a culture of health in every state, city, town and territory.  Let us know how we can continue to support and advance the great work that you do.  
In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News
Partner Updates/News Upcoming Events

Career Center

NACDD Project Updates & News

NACDD and Selected MPOs Plan to Help "Step It Up!"

NACDD is excited to host this year's Walkability Action Institute course in the City of Decatur, Georgia - a real life learning lab for how one town has transformed their community into being more walkable, bikable  and economically vibrant through active transportation improvements.  Read More...  

NACDD In Collaboration with CDC launched a Prediabetes Campaign on Philadelphia Airwaves

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a Prediabetes television campaign in the greater Philadelphia market last week.

NACDD Partners to Promote Disability Inclusion and Healthy Communities for All

NACDD recently convened a Disability and Healthy Communities Summit in Birmingham, Alabama to promote disability inclusion in healthy community efforts in five states and 10 communities.  Read More...

Deadline for Genomics Survey Response:  March 31, 2016

This is a gentle reminder for states to share their experience in genomics and chronic disease with the APHA Genomics Forum Policy Committee's Genomics Survey.  Deadline is March 31, 2016.  Survey Link
For any questions regarding survey please contact Amy Ponte:

Chronic Disease and Alcohol

NACDD is working with partners at CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities to explore the intersection of the health systems transformation work happening in state level chronic disease prevention and deployment of an evidence-based primary care intervention for risky alcohol use.  Download Infographic here...

NACDD launched G.E.A.R. Groups this Month

NACDD launched five G.E.A.R. Groups this month, designed to provide learning incubators on various crosscutting topics of interest to further advance leadership, mentoring and expand opportunities with other state public health professionals.

The G.E.A.R. Groups include:
  • G.E.A.R. Up for Understanding Chronic Disease Data Methods for Communicating Impact
  • G.E.A.R. Up for Community Benefit
  • G.E.A.R. Up for Understanding Healthcare Payment Reform
  • G.E.A.R. Up for Communicate the Value of Public Health
  • G.E.A.R. Up for Health Equity
The G.E.A.R. Groups meet via video conferencing software and aim to integrate innovative approaches into public health practice.  Read More...
Partner Updates & News
Medicaid and the "Free Care" Policy:  Relief for Schools, Benefit for Kids

In 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reversed the policy blocking reimbursement.  This reversal means that schools are able to provide many more necessary check-ups and treatments to kids who need them.  As a result schools and districts can be qualified as Medicaid providers and be reimbursed for providing certain health care services.  Read more...
Watch a LIVE CDC - Perinatal Quality Collaboratives (PQC) Webinar on Using Administrative Data for Perinatal Quality Improvement Initiatives. This Webcast will be held on Thursday, March 24 at 1:00PM ET.  Read more...
Upcoming Events
March 2016 General Member Webinar

Finding That Magic Elixir:  How to Make Your Public Health Efforts More Evidence-Based

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2016

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Register Here
Register now! NACDD/CDC April Webinars:   1) National DPP Coverage - Part 2) CDC DPRP

Increasing Public Employer Coverage of CDC-Recognized Lifestyle Change Programs  Part 2: Implementation and Outcomes - Experiences from Four States

Date: April 6, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

Webinar Description:
This is the second webinar in a two-part series highlighting the work of four states (CO, KY, MN, and WA). Health department staff in these states were actively involved in obtaining coverage of the CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs, part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, for state employees. State presenters will provide an overview of how their state is implementing the coverage of the CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs for state employees, share what the outcomes are to date, and offer key lessons learned.

Register Here
Register Now!  NACDD to Host the Environmental Public Health Tracking Virtual Conference 2016

Date: May 3-4, 2016

NACDD has partnered with CDC's Environmental Health Tracking Branch to host its second virtual conference and you are invited.
 Click here for more information...

Register Here
Mark Your Calendars!

NACDD’s 2016 Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Academy: Shifting GEARS for Growth will take place August 30, 2016 through September 1, 2016. Stay tuned for more details on location and agenda!
Link to a recent survey lost & buried in your inbox? No problem! NACDD now houses all links, survey descriptions, etc. in our new Survey Library! Click here.
Coming Up...

The Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar is a joint effort by the CDC and NACDD to provide a comprehensive overview of upcoming events, webinars, meetings, and professional development opportunities for chronic disease professionals.
Click here to see what's coming up!
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)

Cynthia Musial (WI)

Caroline Peck (CA)

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

Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH (NC)

Kathy Rocco, MPH , RD (VA)

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

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