Though challenges surfaced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so have potential opportunities to support states in addressing health risk factors and increasing overall community resiliency for chronic disease prevention. In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) and the Division of Population Health (DPH), and a team of nationally recognized experts, NACDD is working with 20 State Health Departments and other organizations to implement the Building Resilient Inclusive Communities (BRIC) program. As part of the BRIC program, states are engaging more than 60 communities to address food and nutrition security, improve safe physical activity access, and reduce social isolation and loneliness through a policy, systems, and environmental change lens. Social determinants of health, health equity, and social justice principles are integrated into the planning and implementation of all three strategy areas, in addition to accounting for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. States are working to impact groups at highest risk by making progress towards and achieving a combination of the following outcomes:
January 27, 2021 BRIC program Press Release
BRIC is a program of the Center for Advancing Healthy Communities.