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What Is STAR?

STAR (STate Activation and Response) is designed to assess a Chronic Disease Unit’s organizational capacity; identify opportunities for increasing organizational capacity; and engage states in a process that includes participation in a 1.5 day workshop to 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 Chronic Disease Academy
  • Participating in an evaluation at six months and a re-assessment at one year

View Map of STAR State Participation


How Can States Join STAR?

The STAR 2020 cohort will accept applications beginning fall 2019. To learn more about STAR and how it can help your state, please contact 

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
325 Swanton Way
Decatur, GA 30030
Hours of Operation: Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.