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Chronic Disease Prevention

In the Spotlight

The holidays are a perfect time to encourage lifestyle change around healthier eating options. NACCHO over the 2014 holidays will feature messages, articles, and resources for local health departments to use to provide targeted messaging on healthy eating policies, system enhancements and environmental change strategies. By addressing some of the risk factors within our local communities, we will help to improve health outcomes relative to chronic disease (i.e. diabetes, hypertension, stroke, and cardiovascular disease):

If you have an innovative story to share on how you and your local community have been successfully reducing chronic disease by addressing these risk factors, we would like to hear from you! Please submit a Success Story here.

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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

Our current projects include the following:

Webinars and Trainings

Aspirin and Disease Prevention: A Clinical Perspective 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST 

The American College of Preventive Medicine, Partnership for Prevention, and the Council on Aspirin for Health and Prevention are pleased to sponsor an educational webinar addressing the appropriate use of aspirin for the prevention of vascular diseases and cancer. Expert speakers from the Council will present on the three topics listed below and field questions from the audience.  This program is free of charge and open to all. Registration is necessary.  


  • Craig Williams, PharmD, BCPS, FNLA, Oregon Health and Science University 
  • Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, FACPM, Stanford University
  • Andrew Chan, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School 

NACCHO Webinar - Implementing Health in All Policies at the Local Level: Experiences from Local Health Departments

Many communities face a variety of complex issues that significantly impact health, which are often driven by multiple factors outside the public health or healthcare sectors. Health in All Policies (HiAP) offers an approach that seeks to address complex challenges and improve the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making processes and emphasizing the need to collaborate across sectors to achieve common goals and innovatively tackle problems. 

The webinar showcased the implementation of HiAP in three U.S. cities - Houston, Baltimore City, and San Diego - and aimed to discuss:

  • How local health departments and their partners are implementing HiAP approaches in their communities
  • Successful strategies and tactics to implement HiAP

Lessons learned and pearls of wisdom from their experiences engaging in this work to improve the health of communities using a multiple determinants of health framework

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.

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