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September 2016 Impact Brief
September 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.

Hey is it me or are we all getting older? Recently, I asked my primary care doc why my knees hurt. I said it must be my shoes, the concrete I run on or the weather. No, in fact, he said you are probably getting arthritis. Ugh. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is proud to partner with the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) to observe Rheumatic Disease Awareness Month. ACR is the nation’s leading association representing rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals.

Arthritis is not a disease that only affects the elderly; it affects people of all ages, including children. Although the risk of developing arthritis increases with age, nearly two-thirds of people with arthritis are younger than 65. Arthritis is more common among women (26 percent) than men (19 percent), and it affects members of all racial and ethnic groups. Lupus is primarily a disease of young women (ages 18-44); it affects females far more than males (four to 12 females for every male). Lupus is three times more common in women of color than white women.

Rheumatic diseases are the number one cause of disability in the U.S. Individuals living with rheumatic diseases may be at increased risk of many other chronic conditions.

NACDD has maintained a partnership with the ACR during 2016 by convening three state workshops to develop local and state action plans to improve awareness of lupus; promote education about lupus among health care providers; and improve access to care. The workshops were held during August 2016 by three grantees: Big Bend Rural Health Network in Tallahassee, Florida; the Georgia Council on Lupus Education and Awareness in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Illinois Public Health Association in Springfield, Illinois.

During the upcoming year, NACDD will continue to work with ACR and the three grantees to monitor and encourage partnership development and evaluate the implementation of selected strategies from the individual action plans.

In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News
Resources Career Center

NACDD Survey Library

Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar
NACDD Project Updates & News

Dr. Mehul Dalal's President's Challenge:"Learn, Lead, and Thrive"


Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHS is enthusiastic about his upcoming year as NACDD's Board President.HisPresident's Challenge focuses on leadership in the public health field at all staff levels.Dr. Dalal states, "Our field faces a host of challenges which call for collectively enhancing our leadership capacity. How to begin addressing these challenges is not necessarily obvious, and in our hectic multi-tasking work environment it's often difficult to fathom how it could be possible to fit in intentional review, study, and application of leadership practices. The upcoming President's Challenge will explore credible, relevant, and actionable concepts from the Leadership and Management disciplines to inform ideas and action for all chronic disease staff." Visit the President's Challenge page on the NACDD website in October for more information.

Action Requested: Member Travel Survey


NACDD values you! As part of our member engagement initiatives, we have partnered with Direct Travel (formerly known as Georgia International Travel/GIT) to receive your feedback about their service of booking your travel.

Effective Monday, October 3rd, members will be selected randomly to complete the survey. Please take one minute to complete the survey; your feedback is important and will help us serve you better in the future.

NACDD Increasing its Role in the Fight Against Cancer


NACDD is funded for nine cancer projects for the year ending June 30, 2017. Five are continued projects and four are new. Read More...

NACDD and CDC Making the Rounds in Montana and Ohio


This summer, NACDD and CDC conducted community site visits with the local community grantees of the Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities project... For the month of July, these visits took NACDD and CDC to the beautiful communities of Butte and Helena, Montana and then to charming Adams and Marion counties, Ohio, in August. Read More...

Tallahassee team from left to right: Kim Schofield, co-chair of GCLEA; Rob Thomas, Big Bend AHEC director; Leslie Best, NACDD Consultant; Erin Brooks, ACR

Building Sustainable Lupus Awareness, Knowledge, Skills and Partnerships


NACDD and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) collaborate to develop sustainable partnerships between leaders in state health departments, minority heath and health equity and community based organizations to support persons living with lupus. Read More...

NACDD Partners with CDC and the Endocrine Society to Improve Testing of Chronic Disease Biomarkers


NACDD is collaborating with the Endocrine Society to support activities of the Partnership for the Accurate Testing of Hormones (PATH), to implement recommendations from its strategic plan to improve laboratory measurements of chronic disease biomarkers. Read More...

New Publication Highlights Opportunities to Incorporate Health and Wellness into School Improvement


School improvement plans provide a systematic opportunity to address the needs of the whole child, incorporating physical, social, emotional and/or behavioral health priorities into schools. Read More...

Upcoming Events
September2016 General Member Webinar

Navigating the Medicaid Landscape Part II: Finding Opportunities for PH by Understanding Medicaid’s Priorities and Challenges

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016

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

Register Here
Leveraging School Improvement Plans to Strengthen Health and Wellness

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Register Here
Partner News

Join the Movement: America’s Healthiest Schools


NACDD is proud to join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to celebrate America’s Healthiest Schools and shine a light on the importance of creating a culture of health at schools nationwide. You, too, can make a difference in helping kids develop lifelong, healthy habits. Join the movement a and add your voice to the conversation on social media using #HealthiestSchools.


Maximizing Public Health Partnerships with Medicaid to Improve Population Health


The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is pleased to announce a newly published collection of tools, designed to help public health maximize partnerships with Medicaid to improve population health. Read More...

CDC Vital Signs Report Focuses on Medication Adherence to Improve Blood Pressure Control


On September 13, 2016, CDC released a new Vital Signs report focused on medication adherence in patients with hypertensionRead More...

Commemorate Hispanic Heritage through an Awareness of Social Determinants of Health


Hispanics commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service is deeply embedded in the American culture. Compared to non-Hispanic Whites, though,Hispanics suffer disproportionately from health disparities such as: higher rates of obesity, chronic diseases (e.g., diabetes, asthma), infant mortality, and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, CDC has cited some of the leading causes of illness and death among Hispanics as chronic diseases. Read More...

Physical Inactivity Among Adults Aged 50 and Older


The September 15, 2016 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) features a study from the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity on physical inactivity among adults aged 50 and older. The study found that approximately 31 million adults in this age group (28%) are inactive. Read More...

Namvar Zohoori, MD, MPH, PhD (AR)

Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHS (CT)

Jill Myers Geadelmann, RN (IA)

Debra Wigand (ME)

Tomas Aguilar (PA)
Judith Gabriele, MPH (NM)

Whitney Hammond, BSW, MSW (NH)

David Hoffman, MEd, CCE (NY)

Gabriel Kaplan, PhD, MPA, URP (CO)

Jon Lowry, MPH (OK)

Monica Morales, MPA (CA)

CynthiaMusial (WI)

Caroline Peck (CA)

Jean O'Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH (GA)

Kathy Rocco, MPH , RD (VA)

Khosrow Heidari, MA, MS, MS (SC)
(Ex-Officio Director)
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