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November 2017 Impact Brief
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November has been National Diabetes Awareness Month, and it was appropriate that I spent some of this important observance in Guam for the Healthy Island, Healthy People conference.

I can think of few places more beautiful and welcoming, and it is disturbing to know that the people of the U.S. Associated Pacific Islands face a devastating threat – not from North Korea, but a clear and present danger posed by an estimated 80 percent of the population at high pre-diabetes and cardio-metabolic risk.
During my trip, I met with policy makers, physicians, nurses, extenders, and pharmacists who shared with me the changing socio-economic factors contributing to this terrible disease burden – aging populations, stagnant economic growth, and an increase in unhealthy behaviors (tobacco and risky alcohol use, physical inactivity, and poor diets).

Unless there is a renewed sense of urgency, focus, and resources invested in the USPAI, we may see further, needless loss of life and increased morbidity, the likes of which may be impossible to recover from.

Fortunately, there are dedicated and exceptional public health workers seeking to stem this rising tide of disease burden.

The Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services does amazing work despite an aging public health infrastructure, a lack of equipment and personnel, and an even greater lack of time and money. So, they’ve had to think creatively about how to turn this diabetes/obesity epidemic around, and one of their greatest successes so far has been the Non-Communicable Disease Consortium. 

The Consortium has bridged local and global partners to work on lifesaving and life-improving NCD initiatives on priorities such as breastfeeding promotion, community gardens, salt reduction, healthy menus, childhood obesity prevention, employee worksite wellness, and tobacco prevention.

The NCD Consortium’s effectiveness even has prompted partners such as the World Health Organization and the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine to support unfunded priorities.

With great leaders like Rosalie Zabala and James Gillan, the USPAI can continue to make progress and a positive difference for the people of these important communities. But we need your support to call on our government and foundations to invest in what’s working and help bring prevention activities to scale.

After all, the Pacific’s success is America’s success. From “sea to shining sea” in 50 states and nine territories, there is no “them” in public health. Only U.S.
 P.S. If you haven’t seen season 2 of “Your Health” with Joan Lunden on prediabetes and diabetes awareness, check out the videos today. They provide brief, practical information for anyone to take better control of their own health. We are proud to have participated in the development of this CDC-sponsored series, and I hope you will share the videos widely with your colleagues, friends, and family.
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NACCHO Publishes New Report that Focuses on Local Health Departments National Physical Activity Plan Alliance Releases New Report Card on Walkability Out of School Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative Works to Improve Nutrition, Physical Activity for Children
New CDC Report Finds One in Five U.S. Adults Use a Tobacco Product Materials from the Final 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting Now Available PHI's National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health Now Accepting 2018 Applications
The National Psoriasis Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Fellowships and Grants Through Jan. 19, 2018
Learn about the latest developments in research and policy and chronic disease prevention, control, and health promotion.

The National Association of County & City Health Officials Publishes 'The Changing Public Health Landscape": The new report contains containing new findings on the forces that are affecting the nation's local health departments.

New CDC Report Finds One in Five U.S. Adults Use a Tobacco Product: CDC and the FDA used the National Health Interview Survey to determine which tobacco-based products were used by U.S. adults. The survey and CDC's newest report found that nearly 20 percent of adults used some form of tobacco in 2015. 

Read updates from our subject matter experts on recent NACDD program achievements in Walkability, Disability Inclusion, Cardiovascular Health, and Evidence-Based Health. Read More...
Find white papers, webinars, and networking events that can enhance your current work.

National Physical Activity Plan Alliance Releases New Report Card on Walkability: The 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities aims to establish a national baseline on walking behavior, and helps identify opportunities for growth. Review the report card to see how walkability can be improved in your community.

Materials from the final 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting Now Available: The fifth and final public meeting of the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee was held from Oct. 16- 20. Meeting materials include presentation slides, archived videocast links, and a meeting summary.
Look for opportunities for you or your staff's professional development.

Out of School Nutrition and Physical Activity Initiative Works to Improve Nutrition, Physical Activity for Children: OSNAP's online program features assessments, learning communities, and action planning process to help guide afterschool program staff and organizational leaders.

PHI's National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health Now Accepting 2018 Applications: The academy, which is accepting applications for its Year 7 cohort, is great for communities that are engaging in cross-sector work to improve the public health by boosting your team's capacity and skills through a community leadership process.

The National Psoriasis Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Fellowships and Grants: Applications are being accepted for National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) research grants and fellowships through Jan. 19, 2018. NPF plans to award more than $2 million through eight funding mechanisms in 2018, and all interested applicants are encouraged to visit the website to learn more and apply.
What's happening at NACDD and among other chronic disease partners?

December 2017 Fireside Chat: "The 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults," Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, from 3-4 p.m. ET

Chronic Disease Directors' Forum First Thursday Webinar, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, from 3-4 p.m. ET

DNPAO Monthly Teleconference, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET

Visit NACDD's chronic disease calendar to view more upcoming events.
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  • You did it! You helped us reach our goal of 45 states and territories who responded to our I-Count survey. Thank you for your support of this Member census to help us make sure that your voice is heard and your needs are met through your membership with NACDD.
  • Dave Hoffman receives Public Policy Award at the 15th annual meeting of the national forum for heart disease and stroke prevention. 
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Read our latest press releases and media coverage about our work to advocate for and promote the needs of chronic disease officials in every U.S. state and territory.

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DeGette Introduces Legislation to Raise Smoking Age to 21

EMD Serono And Lupus Foundation Of America Launch Initiative To Improve Future Of Lupus Care
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