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STAR 2018 is Here

We are now accepting applications to participate in our STAR 2018 Cohort. Apply before November 16, 2017 to be selected for a visit in 2018. Click here to apply (

What STAR Is

STAR (STate Activation and Response) is designed to assess a Chronic Disease Unit’s organizational capacity, identify opportunities for increasing organizational capacity and, through participation in a 1.5 day workshop, develop a short-term (six-month to one year) plan for achieving increased organizational capacity.

STAR Framework components:

  • Partnerships and Relationships
  • Workforce Development 
  • Leadership 
  • Management and Administration
  • Organizational Climate and Culture
  • Evidenced Based Public Health Practices

Additionally, the STAR process provides a peer learning environment with other states that are working through the same process to allow for cross sharing and learning about organizational capability and successful strategies for increasing capacity in a short-term time frame.

Expectations for states participating in STAR include:

  • Completing the brief application for STAR (Chronic Disease Director and leadership level)
  • Completing the STAR assessment (entire Chronic Disease unit/team)
  • Participating in planning calls and monthly peer calls
  • Participating in a 1.5 day STAR workshop
  • Participating in monthly peer learning calls with STAR peers over eight months
  • Serving as a mentor to another STAR state during the following year
  • Attending NACDD Academy
  • Participating in six month evaluation and one-year re-assessment

How You Can Join

To learn more about STAR and how it can help your state, please contact NACDD STAR Consultant Tamara Engel at

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
325 Swanton Way
Decatur, GA 30030
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