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icon_ch100NACCHO's community health team supports local health department programs and services focused on promoting health and preventing disease through:

  • The development of resources and tools;
  • Provision of technical assistance, continuing education, and capacity building support through demonstration projects; and
  • Facilitation of peer exchange of best practices and tools.

Community health projects address a wide variety of health promotion and disease prevention issues, including chronic disease, HIV/STI, other infectious diseases, injury, adolescent health, reproductive health, immunization, tobacco, primary care, and mental health.

In the Spotlight

Winnable Battles CDC's recently published Winnable Battles Progress Report, 2010–2015, describes the progress being made in addressing these critical public health challenges. A critical component of the Winnable Battles effort is the ability to set clear, actionable targets to help achieve significant progress in a relatively short time period. From decreasing deaths and injuries due to motor vehicle crashes to reducing the number of healthcare-associated infections and lowering the obesity rates, CDC and its public health partners are working toward measurable progress in these areas. CDC and partners are on track to decrease teen birth rates by 20 percent, reduce motor vehicle crash fatalities by 31 percent, and reduce certain healthcare-associated infections in hospitals by 60 percent by the 2015 target date. Click here to access the report.
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Diabetes Alert Day is March 25

NACCHO is standing together with other national organizations to urge communities to learn their risk for developing type 2 diabetes on March 25, Diabetes Alert Day.

Call to Action

In support of Diabetes Alert Day, NACCHO encourages local health departments to educate its community about pre-diabetes by doing the following:

  • Administer the Diabetes Risk Test to screen community members for diabetes
  • Download and distribute Diabetes Alert Day promotional materials
  • Refer high risk and/or pre-diabetic persons to evidence-based self-management programs (Diabetes Self-Management Education/DSME or National Diabetes Prevention Program/NDPP)

Finally, visit NACCHO's Diabetes page for additional information and resources on diabetes prevention and control.

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