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March 2015 Impact Brief
March 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
This month is colorectal cancer awareness month and as someone in the target audience for screening, I am reminded that less than half of people over the age of 50 receive screenings although it is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the US and increasingly preventable.  According to the American Cancer Society, some colorectal cancer screenings can actually stop cancer before it starts and HRSA reports that nearly 80% of colorectal cancer may be prevented. C-Change has successfully worked with the state of Mississippi on a campaign involving young adults having ‘the talk’ with their parents about colorectal screening.  The American Cancer Society has broadcast messages running through March Madness featuring NCAA basketball coaches talking about the necessity for ‘screens’ in the game and in life.  Strong evidence for behavior change points to motivation and accountability within close circles of friends and family.  I challenge all of us this month to simply have the talk - ask the question — “Have you been screened?” — to someone  in your personal circle of influence.  And if you have not been screened, may I be the first to ask you to do something about that – today.

John Robitscher, CEO

In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News

Partner Updates/News
Important Resources

Upcoming Events

NACDD Project Updates & News
NACDD Teams Up with CDC and GSU to Offer Online Chronic Disease Program 

Georgia State University’s School of Public Health in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is pleased to offer the Online Chronic Disease Program. Read more.

NACDD Awards over $285,000 for 2015 BRFSS Social Context Module 

Working under cooperative agreement with CDC, NACDD awarded $285,590 to twelve state behavioral risk factor surveillance system (BRFSS) programs in the fall of 2014 to increase state use and strengthen national data for the 2015 BRFSS social context module. Read more.
NACDD Act on Data Video, Finding Leverage - The Power of Systems Thinking with Chris Soderquist, Wins 2015 Silver Telly Award for Social Issues

NACDD worked with Chris Soderquist and Banyan Communications to produce the video.  The 6-minute video introduces the concepts of systems thinking using chronic disease prevention and control as an example.  It's intended for people new to systems thinking and can be used with state health department partners to introduce systems thinking as a framework to plan, discuss, and find leverage for chronic disease prevention and control efforts. 
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NACDD Celebrates the Contributions to Public Health Made by Retiring SHD Employees

In celebration and recognition of their contribution to public health, NACDD has began a new initiative honoring retiring State Health Department employees. If you or someone you know will be celebrating retirement in the next 6 months, NACDD wants to recognize you! Simply fill out a simple form (linked here) and let us know about your upcoming milestone! Read more.
NACDD and CDC Announce Participants at First Ever Walkability Action Institute

Through a very competitive application process, eleven teams have been selected to attend this inaugural action institute. These teams will receive travel assistance to attend the three-day event in Nashville, Tennessee May 4th-6th. Please join us in welcoming the following teams to the inaugural Increasing Walking and Walkability Action Institute for Interdisciplinary State/Intra-State Teams: Read more.
NACDD to Host “Environmental Public Health Tracking Virtual Conference 2015”

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Environmental Health Tracking Branch (Tracking Branch) to host a virtual conference. The conference will increase awareness and knowledge about the environment’s role in chronic diseases and will highlight collaboration opportunities between the chronic disease community and the Tracking Network.. Read more.
Using Virtual Human Technology to Build Skills that Drive Behavior Change in Chronic Disease

NACDD invites you to a FREE webinar where you will learn abouthe benefits of using virtual humans in developing the skills, motivation, and knowledge to manage challenging conversations with patients about treatment, risk factors, adherence, and medication. Read More
Partner Updates & News
New CDC, AMA Initiative Aims to "Prevent Diabetes STAT"

On March 12, to address the prediabetes public health crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are launching a national, multi-year initiative called Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act - Today Read more.
The Rangel Resolution

On March 2, 2015, Congressman Rangel will adopt the Rangel Resolution, a 30-day commitment to three easy-to-follow rules that encourage a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about food inequality in the United States. Read more.
Marketing Campaign Hopes to Make Fruits and Vegetables Irresistible 

The Partnership for a Healthier America has launched a marketing campaign that uses celebrities and athletes in short videos to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables. Read more.
CDC Tracking Releases First MMWR

December 2014 marked a significant milestone for CDC’s Environmental Health Tracking Branch with the release of its first Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) surveillance summary. Read more.
AIM Leadership Development Conference: April 23 - 24th, 2015

AIM Members plan to attend the AIM Leadership Development Conference that will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 23 - 24th, 2015 following the AIRA 2015 National IIS Meeting. The AIM meeting will focus on improving the leadership skills of immunization program managers. Read more. 
The Walking College- An Interactive, Online Education Program for Walkable Community Advocates

America Walks is excited to open applications to participate in its new program - The Walking College.  To address an identified need for training and capacity building, we have designed a program of self-study, mentored instruction, and team problem solving. The Walking College will begin this spring and culminate at the 2nd National Walking Summit in Washington, DC. Join America Walks for an informational webinar about the Walking College on April 2nd at 1pm Eastern,
New Resources From CDC Healthy Schools: Local School Wellness Policies

NEW! CDC & BTG resources on School District Wellness Policies! Help share research and recommendations about how local school wellness policies help create healthy schools – a place where students are ready to learn! Learn more.
NACDD Applauds the American Medical Association and CDC partnership to Combat the Diabetes Epidemic 

The American Medical Association and CDC are embarking on a multi-year initiative, Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act - Today, to increase awareness and the sense of urgency that all, health care providers, partners, patients and the public, take actions to prevent type 2 diabetes. 
“Professional Development Matters in Establishing a Collaborative Learning Structure”
Join NACDD for our March General Member Webinar, March 26th, 3pm ET. Professional development increases awareness, builds skills, and improves practices.  Learn how Amy Gaumer Erickson, Ph.D., from the University of Kansas, describes the key elements in effective professional development as well as evaluation tools that can be used to quantify the quality of professional development.
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