Chronic Disease Prevention
In the Spotlight
The Policy Evidence Assessment Report: Community Health Worker Policy Components document summarizes the evidence bases for community health worker (CHW) policies. While we know these frontline public health workers can be an important tool in reducing chronic illness and health care costs, there are several barriers to their effectiveness that can be improved through policy and systems changes and interventions.
This report identifies 14 CHW policy components and assesses them based on the strength of supporting evidence (defined as emerging, promising, and best). The examined components include team-base care, chronic care, and scope of practice, among others. While the majority of the components were ranked as best, those categorized as promising and emerging hold great potential for the field - and reveal that further study is needed. 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.