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March 2017 Impact Brief
March 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.

Earlier this month, Dr. Mehul Dalal, president of the Board of Directors of NACDD and Connecticut chronic disease director, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services about the important role NACDD plays in supporting state and national chronic disease prevention efforts.

During his testimony, Dr. Dalal made the case that the Prevention and Public Health Fund (the Prevention Fund) supports our nation’s ability to maintain a strong economic position by providing a return on healthcare dollars and reducing unnecessary spending. Dr. Dalal was one of many distinguished participants providing testimony for the House’s Public Witness Day, including representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association, National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match and the National Indian Health Board.

I encourage you to read the transcript or watch the video of Dr. Dalal’s compelling economic case for further investment in health promotion — and be sure to share it with your colleagues and on social media (@NACDDinfo and

As our political and economic landscape continues to change, our mission to support disease prevention and to promote health is more important than ever.

At NACDD, we remain strongly committed to demonstrating the value of your work, whether in Washington or within your local community.

NACDD Board President Dr. Mehul Dalal with the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, Rep. Tom Cole, and the committee’s Ranking Member Rep. Rosa DeLauro.

The CEO's Reading List
In this issue...

Resources Career Center NACDD Survey Library

Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar

Blog Posts

What's Working Database
NACDD Project Updates & News

Inclusive Healthy Communities in Two Oregon Communities

People with disabilities suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases and conditions, do not have equal access to health promotion facilities, and are often not considered in program planning. Two communities in Oregon are working to change this by creating healthy community changes that benefit all residents. Read More...

NACDD is Gearing Up for the Third Annual Walkability Action Institute

For the last two years, NACDD has been doing its part to support the U.S. Surgeon General’s 2016 Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities through the implementation of a multi-day, Walkability Action Institute for interdisciplinary state and regional teams. NACDD understands that in order to create healthy and active states, regions and communities, multiple disciplines must be involved, working in cohesion toward active community design by pooling together individual resources and expertise. Read More...

States Benefit from Shared Insights on Marketing and Promoting Diabetes Programs

Participants in NACDD’s community of practice shared insights with their peers on what worked and what didn’t work in their 1305 and 1422 grant efforts. Six groups met by telephone each month for four months to share novel and traditional approaches to promote the CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program and diabetes self-management education. Read More...

State Health Departments Selected for 2017 Advanced Thematic GIS Training 

NACDD congratulates Arkansas, California, Minnesota, and Montana for their selection as participants in the 2017 Advanced Thematic GIS Training for State Health Departments: Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Address Blood Pressure Medication Adherence. These health departments will participate in a 10-day, intensive GIS training, which will include two and a half days days of in-person training at Rice University in Houston, Texas, in April 2017. The training curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of state health departments working on blood pressure medication adherence. Read More...

1305/1422 Epidemiology and Evaluation Collaborative (EEC) Celebrates 100 State Members 

NACDD’s peer learning group for epidemiology, surveillance, and evaluation staff in 1305 and 1422 programs has ballooned in the last year, with the current participation list at 100 members. Funded through the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention’s Program Development and Services Branch, monthly meetings with active discussion now average more than 50 participants. Current topics on evaluation and performance measures drive the agendas, and the meetings are facilitated by members. Read More...

Upcoming Events
March 2017 General Member Webinar

A Two-Venue Approach to Self-Management: Offering Online Better Choices Better Health™ and Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Time: 3-4:00 p.m., EDT

Register Here
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Third Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Time: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., EDT

Register Here
Environmental Public Health Tracking
Virtual Conference 2017

Building Connections Through
Environmental Health Tracking

Date: April 5-6, 2017

Register Here
Partner News

Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease Hosts Panel on the Economic Impact of Chronic Disease 

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease hosted a panel discussion, “Assessing Chronic Disease Impact and Population Health Dividend” at the Kaiser Center for Total Health on March 7, 2017. Read More...

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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