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.