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November 2016 Impact Brief
November 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.

Halloween came and went with copious amounts of candy, but we are still facing two major holidays. Now the months-long Thanksgiving to New Year’s holiday season is here and I’m gearing up my vigilance about what I eat and how much physical activity I get.
November, National Diabetes Awareness Month, is a great time for all of us to step up and pay attention to the lifestyle changes that prevent diabetes especially the more than 80 million adults who have prediabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Diabetes Translation, who are at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
The average American drinks more than 40 gallons of sweetened beverages a year, according to a project called Kick the Can. Added to Halloween candy, Thanksgiving gravy and all of our extra holiday calories, that’s potentially a lot of extra pounds that could push people with prediabetes over the line to diabetes in the coming year.   
At NACDD, we’re helping states stem the growing rate of diabetes — a rate that nearly tripled over the last three decades. Maryland and Oregon are testing Medicaid delivery models for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) that, when evaluated by NACDD, I hope will lead to a model all states can apply. State engagement meetings planned and executed with support and technical assistance by NACDD’s diabetes team with the aid of the American Medical Association and CDC funding, facilitate the development of actionable plans for scaling and sustaining the National DPP. And I was happy to learn recently that the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CaIPERS) joined the California Department of Public Health’s efforts to prevent diabetes by implementing diabetes prevention programs for all CaIPERS members beginning in January.
Through the month of November and December, raise your awareness of diabetes prevention. We’ll help with NACDD’s Healthy Holiday Living series — healthy and delicious recipes from our staff and consultants, easy workouts, and fun holiday tips you’ll find on NACDD’s blog and across the Association’s social media platforms.

In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News
Partners News Resources Career Center

NACDD Survey Library

Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar

Blog Posts
Project Updates & News

New York Communities Improving Lives for People with Disabilities 

The city of Syracuse and Cattaraugus County in New York state recently participated in a site visit with NACDD and our CDC partners. NACDD and the CDC saw first-hand the work being done in these communities to promote awareness and local improvements on disability inclusion. Read More...

U.S. Associated Pacific Islands Health Care Teams Chart a Course for Improved Health Systems: Implementation and Evaluation of a Non-communicable Disease Collaborative Model

The burden of non-communicable disease (NCD) is increasing in the U.S. Associated Pacific Islands (USAPI). We describe the implementation and evaluation of a NCD Collaborative pilot, using local trainers, as an evidence-based strategy to systematically strengthen NCD health care quality and outcomes, focusing on diabetes preventive care across five health systems in the region. Read More...

Diabetes Awareness Month: Understanding the Social Context in Which Disparities Exists

Type 2 diabetes is among one of the most common forms of diabetes that exists, affecting an estimated 29.1 million people in the United States. Additionally, nearly 86 million people are living with prediabetes which can lead to type 2 diabetes and other chronic disease conditions. Read More...

Halloween at NACDD's Office

Staff members took part in some fun and dressed up for Halloween.

Top left photo, from left to right: Shay Tarver, Cici Roberts, Schwanna Lakine, Keisha Wilson, John Robitscher, John Patton, Zarina Fershteyn, Gillan Ritchie, David Doyle, Sabrina Taylor and Dyrelle Haynes. 

Top right photo: Congrats to Gillan Ritchie, left, and John Patton for winning the costume contest.

NACDD's Annual Giving Campaign

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is one of the most effective advocates for comprehensive funding and support for the nation’s chronic disease prevention and control programs. Every generous donation will support advocacy, workforce training and development, and improving public health practices. Read The Letter...

Blog Posts

Getting to Know NACDD

The general public may be confused about the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors when noting that its core mission includes a statement on “improving the health of the public.”

NACDD — a nonprofit public health organization — focuses on strengthening state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control by supporting chronic disease program directors and other members in each state and U.S. jurisdiction. Through this work, NACDD expects the health of the public will be improved.

Meet Karma Edwards, NACDD Consultant

Karma Edwards was a community grantee funded by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors in 2008. While she worked on NACDD’s ACHIEVE project, she received technical assistance and guidance from the association.

“It was an easy decision to join their [NACDD] team in 2011 after having worked with them on the local level for a few years and knowing first hand how great they were and how passionate this team was about the Healthy Communities work,” Edwards said.  Read More...

NACDD's Healthy Holiday Living Series 

Throughout November and December, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors will be bringing you healthy and delicious recipes from our staff and consultants, easy workouts and other fun holiday tips. Read More...

Upcoming Events

2017 NACDD Walkability Action Institute Request for Funding Assistance is Now Live

This year’s Walkability Action Institute (WAI) will be offered April 3-6, 2017, in Decatur (Atlanta), Georgia. Interested applicants can review all details in the RFA and corresponding RFA documents uploaded to NACDD’s website. Over the last two years, the 22 teams who participated in the WAI have collectively achieved 75 outcomes affecting more than 9,500,000 people. Please consider applying and becoming one of NACDD’s next success stories. Read More...

Partner News

NACDD Congratulates DHDSP and Award Recipients 

The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) held its 14th annual meeting Oct. 19 in Washington DC where they recognized key leaders for their work in heart disease and stroke prevention including the Minnesota Department of Health and Ursula Bauer, PhD, MPH, Director, CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Read More...

PHAP Accepting Applications for Hosting An Associate 

CDC’s Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) will be accepting applications January 3-19, 2017 from organizations interested in hosting an associate starting in October 2017. PHAP is a two-year, on-the-job training program for early-career public health professionals funded by CDC. Associates are matched and assigned to state, tribal, local, and territorial health agencies and nongovernmental organizations in one program focus area for the two-year training program. Organizations will be able to access the link to the PHAP host site application by clicking here between January 3-19, 2017.


NACDD Releases Issue Brief on School, Hospital Partnership 

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has released a new resource: Opportunities for School and Hospital Partnership in the Management of Chronic Health Conditions: An Issue Brief for Health Departments that Integrates Community Health Needs Assessment Requirements for Non-profit Hospitals Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid Initiatives, and Additional Opportunities. Read More...

Associate Director of Communication

Data Analyst

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)

Karen Girard, MPA (OR)

Melita Jordan, MS (NJ)

Monica Morales, MPA (CA)

Cynthia Musial (WI)

Caroline Peck (CA)

Kristi Pier, MHS (MD)

Linda Scarpetta, MPH (MI)

Robyn Taylor, MBA (OH)
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