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Big Cities Chronic Disease Community of Practice

The Big Cities Chronic Disease Community of Practice (BC-COP) consists of health officials or senior-level chronic disease programmatic staff from local health departments representing the 50 largest cities and metropolitan areas in the United States. The group's goal is to develop strategies for addressing chronic disease prevention for local health departments serving large populations and to serve as a unified voice in national policy discussions while maintaining communication with communities impacted by proposed policies.

The current priority areas for the Big Cities work group are the following:

  • Improving healthy nutrition standards/guidelines and healthy food access initiatives
  • Reducing consumption of sugar sweetened beverages
  • Create a built environment/healthy community design that supports access to physical activities within communities
  • Policy, systems and environmental change strategies that promote population-based reduction of chronic disease

NACCHO Big Cities Chronic Disease Community of Practice members can share information, access resources and review recent Big Cities priorities. Contact Jennifer Kahn-Marshall for more information.

Upcoming Webinars

Healthy Food Retail Strategies
ChangeLab Solutions is hosting a six-part webinar series that highlights diverse strategies to change the food retail environment in communities. The following are the first three webinars in the series:

New Funding Opportunity: Health Impact Assessment for Improved Community Design

The aim of grant is to increase the capacity of public health departments to include health considerations in transportation and land use planning decisions, and to expand the scope of health impacts considered when making decisions that impact community design. Click here for more information on the grant.

Important dates:

  • The Letter of Intent is due March 28, 2014
  • The application is due April 28, 2014

To access the announcement and application package: 

  1. Go to www.grants.gov
  2. Select: "For Applicants" from the menu on the left
  3. Select: "Apply for Grants"
  4. Select: “Step 1: Download a Grant Application Package”
  5. Type: The Funding Opportunity Number formatted as: CDC-RFA-EH14-1407 (must type “CDC-RFA-”)

New Resource: NACCHO/ASTHO E-Cigarette Webinar Archive

If you missed the NACCHO/ASTHO webinar on January 21, 2014, below is a quick overview of what information was covered and links to the webinar recording and slides.

Webinar presenters discussed:

  • Policy efforts on a local and state level addressing e-cigarettes
  • The current status of the FDA in regards to e-cigarette regulation and its implications
  • Examples of policies specifically addressing e-cigarettes
  • Resources available to help state and local efforts.

Click here to listen the webinar recording and here for the powerpoint slides

Policy and Pricing Tobacco Control Guides

policystrategiesandpricingpolicyThe Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis, in partnership with the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, has released two new tobacco control guides: Policy Strategies and Pricing Policy. Both guides are designed to provide practical guidance on selecting and implementing evidence-based tobacco control strategies.


New Resource: National Civic League Releases Special Issue - 25 Years of Healthy Communities: Part 1

To celebrate 25 years of the Healthy Communities movement, the National Civic League is releasing two special issues of the National Civic review. The first issue, now available online, features articles on different policies and strategies to improve the health of communities across the nation. The second issue will be published in April.

Big Cities Chronic Disease Community of Practice Extranet Site

Visit NACCHO's Big Cities Chronic Disease Community of Practice member only external site for call notes, emerging news and other resources. click here