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Chronic Disease Prevention


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:

 
In the Spotlight

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new and updated information on chronic conditions among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. These public data resources are aligned with the Initiative on MCC and its MCC Strategic Framework by helping to provide researchers, policymakers, and others with means for better understanding the burden of chronic conditions among beneficiaries and implications for the health care system. These public data are available from the CMS website and include:

  • Geographic data summarized to national, state, county, and hospital referral regions levels for the years 2008-2012; 
  • Data for examining disparities among specific Medicare populations, such as disabled beneficiaries, dual-eligible beneficiaries, and race/ethnic groups; 
  • Data on prevalence, utilization of select Medicare services, and Medicare spending; Interactive dashboards that provide customizable information about Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions at state, county, and hospital referral regions levels for 2012;and 
  • Chartbooks and maps. 
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New Resources

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.


New NACCHO Resource: Local Health Departments’ Chronic Disease Prevention Activities: Findings from 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments Study

In 2013, NACCHO surveyed local health departments (LHDs) across the United States to provide a comprehensive picture of LHD structures, workforce, financing, governance, activities, and services. NACCHO published the survey findings in the 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments (Profile). This research brief highlights the results of the 2013 Profile that are relevant to LHDs’ chronic disease prevention activities. Click here to access the document 

New Local Health Story from Trust for America's Health

Walking & Rolling: A Community Comes Together to Make it Safer and Healthier for Children to Get to School addresses the city's safe routes to school initiative. "One of the best ways to reach this population and fight childhood obesity is with a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program, which empowers communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity."

2014: The Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke: Ten-Year Update

In March 2014, the National Forum released the Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke: Ten-Year Update. The Ten-Year Update provides a framework for individuals, organizations, and agencies to collaboratively achieve national goals for preventing heart disease and stroke. With contributions from more than 100 public health leaders, the Ten-Year Update calls for: Striking a better balance in the nation's financial investment in health by prioritizing prevention, transforming our public health agencies into champions of heart health policy and environmental changes, and developing upstream strategies that prevent the root causes of heart disease and stroke.  Click here to access report

 
Webinars and Trainings

New Content on Evidence-Based Public Health Available in NACCHO University

NACCHO is pleased to release its new podcast titled, A Public Health with Impact: The Path to What Works. The podcast features Brandie Adams-Piphus, MPH, NACCHO Senior Program Analyst who describes the role of the local health department in advancing evidence-based public health and helpful resources. This podcast is designed to increase local health officials' awareness of their role in using evidence-based public health practice to prevent chronic disease and keep people healthier. View the podcast here.

Improving Asthma Outcomes by Partnering CHWs With Weatherization & Healthy Homes Interventions

September 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Learn about the successful Seattle/King County asthma pilot program featured in the American Journal of Public Health! Its findings suggest that adding weatherization-plus-health structural interventions to an existing CHW educational asthma home visit program results in greater benefits in asthma control and asthma-related quality of life.

Speakers:

  • Mr. Joel Gregory - Weatherization Project Manager, King County Housing Authority, Seattle, WADr
  • James Krieger - Chief of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Section of Public Health Seattle and King County

Warning Labels on Sugary Drinks: Promoting Informed Choices

September 24, 2014, 11.30 a.m. PT/2.30 p.m. ET

Join this webinar where ChangeLab Solutions will discuss a policy to require safety warnings on sugar-sweetened beverages to inform consumers of the harmful health impact of consuming those products. This is an emerging policy strategy that has great potential to change social norms around sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), to reduce the prevalence of youth and adult obesity and diabetes. 


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