2020 Impact Awards Applications Now Available

For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Paige Rohe, prohe@chronicdisease.org, 404-924-8295

ATLANTA (June 9, 2020)—The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is proud to release the applications for the Association’s 2020 Impact Awards, which are due July 15 by 11:59 p.m. ET. Each year, Impact Awardees are nominated and selected by their peers in state and territorial chronic disease prevention and health promotion to acknowledge extraordinary achievements in their field.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact people with one or more chronic conditions, NACDD CEO John W. Robitscher, MPH, says we should spotlight and reinforce the work of state and territorial public health professionals helping Americans prevent or control the leading causes of death and disability and associated risk factors.

“We can help mitigate the effects of COVID-19 for millions of Americans by preparing and supporting their efforts to reduce their risk for diabetes, prevent another heart attack, asthma, COPD, or avoid some cancers,” said NACDD CEO John Robitscher. “We’re proud to honor and celebrate the humble and dedicated work of state and territorial health professionals who partner closely with their communities to promote health and prevent disease, now more than ever.”

For more than a decade, state, tribal, and territorial Chronic Disease Directors have used the Impact Awards to acknowledge the exceptional work and progress chronic disease professionals and partners are making in the field of public health. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors oversees the administrative responsibilities of the awards process, but the awards are decided by NACDD Members.

“It always is such a pleasure to see the wonderful work NACDD Members are doing in their states, and the Impact Awards are a great way to spread the word about your department’s successes and rising star employees,” said NACDD Board Member and Awards Committee Chair Jill Myers-Gaedelmann. “I hope, in these busy and uncertain times, we will take time to recognize each other for what is working well in public health.”

About the Impact Awards

Impact Award nominations are due July 15 by 11:59 p.m. ET.
Recipients of the 2020 Impact Awards will be honored in a virtual ceremony this fall. Awardees must be an NACDD Member (listed in NACDD’s Member roster) and may nominate themselves or be nominated by a peer or colleague. (To be an NACDD Member, you must be a public health professional working in chronic disease prevention and control. More information on NACDD Membership is available on NACDD’s websiteNote that there are different eligibility requirements for each award.

Joseph W. Cullen Excellence Award
Awarded to an individual outside the traditional public health field who has made outstanding contributions in the field of chronic disease prevention and control.

Community Impact Award
Awarded to an individual or team in a State, Tribal, or Territorial Health Department that has made a significant impact or achieved significant influence in a community related to chronic disease prevention and control.

Chronic Disease Innovator Award
Awarded to a State or Territorial Health Department’s Chronic Disease Unit that demonstrates an innovative approach to reducing the burden of chronic disease.

Rising Star Award
Awarded to an individual staff member in a State or Territorial Health Department’s Chronic Disease Unit who is not a director and who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation to promote health.

NACDD Mentor Award
Awarded to an outstanding chronic disease prevention and control professional who has guided, supported, and promoted the training and career development of other chronic disease prevention and control practitioners working in a State or Territorial Health Department.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Awarded to a current or former Chronic Disease Director of a State, Tribal, or Territorial Health Department whose career has contributed to reducing the burden of chronic disease in the United States.

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and its more than 7,000 Members seek to improve the health of the public by strengthening leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control in states, territories, and at the national level. Established in 1988, in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NACDD is the only membership association of its kind serving and representing every state and U.S. territory’s chronic disease division.