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October 2017 Impact Brief
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NACDD – President’s Challenge Message from Jean O’Connor
It is an honor to serve as board president this year. NACDD has cont
ributed so much to my professional growth and development over the past four years. I look forward to giving back and helping to raise awareness about the value that NACDD brings to its Members, partners, and the general public.

Each year for the past three years, NACDD’s President’s Challenge has empowered the board president to highlight and engage Members in a significant opportunity in our field.

Last year, Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHS, chronic disease director of Connecticut, challenged us to think about how we can “Learn, Lead, and Thrive,” through improving our management practices and supporting professional development growth in our departments. Namvar Zohoori, MD, MPH, PhD, director of the Center for Health Advancement at the Arkansas Department of Health, led our first President’s Challenge in 2016, inviting us to examine health equity’s importance in underpinning all of our efforts to reduce the burden of chronic disease.

This year, I am pleased to invite you to find ways to share and to promote innovative population health improvement models. To do that, you will be asked to identify and recognize at least one innovative model for population health improvement and chronic disease prevention in your community.

While hospitals, payors, and health care providers consider a more limited definition of “population” by focusing on the panel of patients they serve, we tend to view outcomes on a more geographical or societal basis. However, our end goal of improved health is the same, and we are using many of the same techniques and approaches to improving population health to accomplish our objectives.

While lately, it seems that the public immediately thinks of hospitals and payors when they think of population health improvement, now in my fourth year on the Board, I know that so much of that leadership is quietly coming from chronic disease programs across the country. You are doing the heavy lifting to build partnerships and change policies with hospitals and healthcare providers, employers, education, housing, transportation, and communities to improve health outcomes—both clinical outcomes and outcomes driven by the social determinants of health.

We should embrace this chance to build collaboration with other programmatic areas in public health – such as immunization, injury, and environmental health – and provide a platform for chronic disease professionals to be leaders in this area as they connect with their peers.

There are many ways you can contribute to this challenge:
  • Submit your ideas and examples to be featured in our new podcast series, “Innovations in Population Health” to
  • Contribute success stories on innovative models in population health to
  • Engage in social media efforts to raise awareness of your activities in population health, using #pophealthworks
  • Follow NACDD’s social media channels ( and to hear more about professional development opportunities on this subject
  • Hold at least one partner meeting to discuss how you can replicate successful population health models in your community
Through this year’s Challenge, along with sharing knowledge about what is working with each other, we have the ability to tell our story and build recognition about the role of NACDD and chronic disease directors in population health improvement. I am honored to begin this journey with you. 

If you need a little inspiration on how to get started on building innovative partnerships in health, take a look at NACDD’s two new podcasts from this year’s invitational Chronic Disease Academy:
As always, I look forward to sharing our experiences and learning togetherThank you for all you do for the public’s health.
Jean O’Connor, JD, DrPH, FACHE
Board President 2017-2018
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
CEO's reading list
Inform Engage Grow
Local Health Departments Are Increasingly Using QI to Improve Agency Performance National Academy for State Health Policy's 30th Annual State Health Policy Conference Leveraging Non-Traditional Partnerships in Maternal and Child Health
(DHANES) Announces Release of New Datasets 18 NACDD Walkability Action Institute: Request for Funding Assistance to Go Live Soon
Learn about the latest developments in research and policy and chronic disease prevention, control, and health promotion.

Local Health Departments Are Increasingly Using QI to Improve Agency Performance: The implementation of agency-wide quality improvement (QI) over the past three years has increased, according to the National Association of County and City Health Officials' (NACCHO) 2016 National Profile of Local Health Departments. Use the Public Health Foundation's tools and resources to help improve and support your health department's QI.

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (DHANES) Announces Release of New Datasets: The first set of data from NHANES 2015-2016 includes datasets for oral health, fluoride (plasma), and fluoride (water)
Find NACDD's white papers, webinars, and networking events that can enhance your current work.

National Academy for State Health Policy's 30th Annual State Health Policy Conference: US Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, will be a keynote speaker on Oct. 25 at NASHP’s 30th State Health Policy Conference from 8 to 9 a.m. Adams is also a former chronic disease director. 
Look for opportunities for you or your staffs' professional development.

18 NACDD Walkability Action Institute: Request for Funding Assistance to Go Live Soon: Starting Oct. 30, NACDD will manage a competitive request for funding assistance (RFA), where interested cross-disciplinary, MPO-level teams (or other similar regional entities) can apply for travel assistance and selection to attend the 2018 Walkability Action Institute. 

Read more Impact Brief submissions from consultants, like the one above, on NACDD's website.

Leveraging Non-Traditional Partnerships in Maternal and Child Health: Leaders of The Autism Project (TAP) share their successes with healthcare professionals in maternal and child health on how non-traditional partnerships led to sustainable resources for caregivers and educators. 
What's happening at NACDD and among other chronic disease partners?

Did you miss our invitational Chronic Disease Academy in September? Check out the conversation on Facebook and Twitter #2017CDA. You can also view photos from the event on our Flickr account. 

October 2017 General Member Webinar: "How to Integrate Oral Health into School Health Using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model," Oct. 26 from 3 to 4 p.m. ET. 

Visit NACDD's chronic disease calendar to view upcoming events.

APHA 2017 Session Spotlight: "Advocating for the Public Health Workforce," Nov. 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET.
Gotten a new degree or promotion? We'd love to celebrate with you by sharing the milestone in the Impact Brief. Email with your submission.
NACDD In the News
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.

10 Communities Showcased for Efforts to Include People with Disabilities in Healthy Community Activities 

NACDD Releases Podcasts from 2017 Chronic Disease Academy Plenaries

NACDD Releases "Achieving Impact: State Successes in Improving School Nutrition, Physical Education, Physical Activity, and the Management of Chronic Health Conditions in Schools"
Funding Opportunity for Chapters, Practices to Encourage Activity for People With Arthritis
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