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Chronic Disease Prevention


In the Spotlight

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) recently released updated recommendations for reporting chronic disease surveillance data, known as the Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI). The new recommendations include 18 topic groups which comprise 124 indicators. The revisions to the indicators are described in the January 9, 2015 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Recommendation and Report. The CDI website was also updated to serve as an integrated data source for comprehensive access to a wide range of key indicators for the surveillance of chronic diseases, conditions, and risk factors. The website provides an online tool for users to compare data on the prevalence of chronic diseases in 40 large metropolitan areas, as well as at state and national levels. More »



 
NACCHO's Chronic Disease Prevention Team is working with the goal of engaging and enhancing local health department's ability to expand evidence- and practice-based chronic disease prevention activities in their communities and promote change at the policy, systems, and environmental levels in order to reduce the burden of chronic diseases.  

Chronic Disease Advisory Group

The Healthy Living and Prevention Workgroup, comprised of local health officials and programmatic staff with chronic disease policy and/or built environment expertise, is the advisory group for NACCHO's chronic disease projects. The workgroup (1) helps define NACCHO's chronic disease priorities and policies; (2) provides guidance on how NACCHO can best assist LHDs to address these priorities; and (3) provides guidance on federal/national chronic disease initiatives. Regular communication with the workgroup is essential to informing NACCHO's work and the work of NACCHO's partners.

Connect with the Chronic Disease TeamConnect with the Chronic Disease Team

NACCHO welcomes requests for chronic disease prevention planning and technical assistance from any local public health department, please send your requests to chronicdisease@naccho.org.


Our current projects include the following:

 
Webinars and Trainings

Archived Webinar: The Microclinic Solution: Preventing & Managing Chronic Disease through Contagious Health 

How can social networks be tapped to address our nation's high rates of chronic disease? View this archived webinar to learn more about an innovative and evidence-based approach developed by Microclinic International (MCI) to prevent and manage chronic disease at a population-wide scale.

NACCHO partnered with MCI to offer this free and interactive webinar will (1) provide an overview of the Microclinic Model;(2) outline how the corresponding Microclinic Program works in practice and integrates with policy, system and environmental (PSE) interventions;and (3) highlight program impact at several sites, including Appalachian Kentucky. Presenters included MCI leadership, the Cumberland Valley District Health Department Director (Kentucky), and a Whitley County Health Department Facilitator (Kentucky).  

Click here to access the recording and click here to access a PDF of the slides

Archived Webinar - Million Hearts Lessons from the Field: Improving Quality and Accuracy in Blood Pressure Monitoring

This webinar provided an overview of evidenced-based hypertension protocols developed by and used in four local health departments in the United States as one of the key strategies for impacting cardiovascular disease prevention. APHN provides consultation on the role and contribution of the PHN, evidenced based resources as well as case studies of public health nurses impacting cardiovascular disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify factors involved in proper blood pressure measurement in screening for hypertension.
  • State the roles of community/public health nurses in blood pressure measurement.
  • List evidenced-based protocols develop and being used in practice.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of local efforts to implement the Million Hearts initiative in cardiovascular disease prevention.

Click here to view the recording

 
Resources and News

CDPublicationsChronic Disease Publications List 

NACCHO Chronic Disease Team develops innovative publications with strong member involvement to ensure a practice-relevant approach. The Chronic Disease Prevention Publications List is a compilation of the publications related to chronic disease, cancer, diabetes and tobacco prevention. Click here to access the document.


 


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NACCHO Annual Conference July 7-9, 2015