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October 2016 Impact Brief
October 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.

It wasn’t that long ago that the modern mammogram was invented  47 years to be exact. In 1982, Nancy Brinker established the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of her sister who died as a result of breast cancer. Recognizing the importance of early detection and treatment, state health departments implemented programs beginning in 1991 as part of the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program the first national cancer screening program in the U.S. and an important aid to low-income, uninsured, and underserved women.

Charlotte Haley’s well-known pink ribbon carries symbolic meaning for a lot of people whether they are breast cancer survivors, their family members, or loved ones of those lost to breast cancer. Seeing the pink ribbon always reminds me of the many women who are screened and treated yearly, like my mother, a 49-year survivor of breast cancer.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women, regardless of race or ethnicity. The need for women to be screened regularly for breast and cervical cancer remains critical. Delta’s annual “Breast Cancer One” campaign generates awareness and raises funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Large corporations like American Airlines, Bank of America, Ford, KitchenAid and New Balance partner with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The list of sponsors for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. includes JCPenney, GNC, BJ’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Gannett. The list of partners, sponsors and advocates for breast cancer awareness is long.

NFL players wear pink to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Let’s join them by making a commitment this October and in the months ahead to encourage and support our loved ones in getting vital cancer screenings.

In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News
Resources Career Center

NACDD Survey Library

Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar
NACDD Project Updates & News

NACDD Announces Recipients of 2016 Impact Awards 

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is pleased to announce the winners of the Association’s annual Impact Awards. These awards reflect a small portion of the vital work of the many chronic disease practitioners in health departments across all U.S. states territories and jurisdictions. Read More...

Coverage of the CDC-recognized Lifestyle Diabetes Prevention Program is Now Available for 1.4 Million Public Employees in California 

California is the 11th state to achieve public employee benefit coverage of CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs, which is a part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. NACDD assisted the California Department of Public Health with bringing key partners together to develop and implement strategic actions to prevent type 2 diabetes. Read More... 

NACDD Releases White Paper Calling for Progress in Health

NACDD released a white paper Oct. 5 addressing the need for the progress in public health and the prevention of chronic diseases. Read More...

PNC Atlanta 10 Miler

John Robitscher, above left, ran in the PNC Atlanta 10 Miler on Oct. 23. Jean O'Connor, NACDD President-Elect, above right, also participated in the race. 

Photos provided by John Robitscher and Jean O'Connor. 

Updates Made to the Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI) Web Application

CDC recently announced updates to the Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI) web application. Established in 1999, the CDIs are a partnership between the CDC, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. The CDIs provide public health agencies with access to the most relevant, up-to-date, and uniformly-defined chronic disease surveillance data at the state and county level. Enhancements to the web application ( include the addition of 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data and updates to several hospitalization and mortality indicators. The update also adds race/ethnic stratifications to the existing sex stratifications for many indicators, allowing users to view data for five different race and ethnic groups. Finally, the web application now includes the capability for users to select from multiple available years of data while the newly-added GIS-enabled mapping allows additional data display flexibility, enabling users to pan and zoom within the map and select the map legend settings to view different numbers of map classes and different classification types (e.g., equal interval, natural breaks, etc.) for determining the breakpoints for each map class. These exciting updates will give users an enhanced experience and new ways to explore the data. Read the Letter...

NACCD to Facilitate a Team-based Approach to Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Through Enhanced Community Relationships

NACDD will facilitate a partnership to provide training for state teams to develop plans to increase colorectal cancer screening in their states/communities. Read More... 

Partner News

Arthritis, Osteoporosis Activities Focus of Bone and Joint Action Week

Almost 15 million U.S. adults with arthritis have severe joint pain (more than one in four adults with arthritis) and those disproportionately affected with severe joint pain include women, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos. Severe joint pain can limit an individual’s ability to perform basic functions and seriously compromise their quality of life. Read More... 

Apply Now! Behavioral Health Training & Technical Assistance Program

For the second year in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Behavioral Health Training and Technical Assistance for State, Tribal, Territorial, and Local Health OfficialsProgram.

Through a Request for Application (RFA) process, up to 40 health officials will be selected to participate in the second cohort of this 8-month initiative. Selected health officials will gain direct access to behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorders) training and technical assistance to enhance and/or initiate behavioral health efforts within their jurisdictions. Access the Online Application...

CDC Releases First-Ever ECE State Indicator Report

On Oct. 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Early Care and Education State Indicator report, which presents information on state-level support for obesity prevention in the Early Care and Education setting (ECE). Read More...

Upcoming Events

NACDD Launches New Health and the Environment Best Practices Team - Cycle Two

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) in collaboration with CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program launched cycle two (2016-17) of the virtual Health and the Environment Best Practices Team in alignment with NACDD’s premier GEAR (Generate.Educate.Activate.Respond) Framework on Oct. 20. The Cycle II kickoff meeting was a success! Our next session is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17, from 2-2:45 p.m. ET. Read More...

October 2016 General Member Webinar 

Million Hearts® — Progress, Challenges, and the Next Phase

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Register Here
Strengthening Collaboration Between Schools and Hospitals in the Management of Chronic Conditions: Taking Hold of Opportunities

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Register Here

NACDD Releases New School Health Resource

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has released a new resource School Attendance, Chronic Health Conditions and Leveraging Data for Improvement: Recommendations for State Education and Health Departments to Address Student Absenteeism. The publication highlights how state education and health departments help lead the way in reducing absenteeism through a comprehensive approach that is inclusive of addressing chronic health conditions. The document is for state education and health departments through the lens of school health services by emphasizing school nursing and the role of school nurses in data collection and use. It describes connections between school attendance and chronic health conditions; discusses challenges and opportunities for data collection and use; and promotes the integration of school health services, specifically nursing, into efforts to improve school attendance. The document provides recommendations for action and highlights successes within various states and communities. View The Resources Online...

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)

Cynthia Musial (WI)

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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