From the CEO – May 2021 Impact Brief

As the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic continue, we have been reaching out to states to encourage them to think about how we can support new and emerging efforts to control and prevent chronic disease. We hope you will consider us your first and most steadfast partner in achieving healthier communities.

To that end, if you haven’t already done so, I invite you to read our 2021 Member Guide, “Resilient and Resolved: Strengthening the Impact of the Public Health Workforce,” which features an enhanced collection of resources on racial and health equity to help Members respond more effectively to the persistent and deepening racial inequities of chronic disease burdens in the United States.

Since being founded in 1988, NACDD has become a highly respected force for health equity and professional development within the public health community, and this expertise is highlighted within the theme and design of the new Guide.

Additionally, this year, the Guide includes information on several new areas within the Association to benefit Member activities, including the Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice and the Center for Community and Environmental Health, both of which will enhance inclusion, capability, and capacity within Chronic Disease Units.

The new practice areas reflect our Member-led organization’s dramatic growth in recent years, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, the Association boasts a network of more than 7,000 state and territorial chronic disease program staff and other public health practitioners. NACDD has expanded its headquarter staff to more than 40 and its subject matter expert consultants to 52!

We now support a program portfolio of 45 projects generating approximately $45 million in program revenue. (Read NACDD’s 2021 At-A-Glance Fact Sheet to learn more about the Association’s work increasing capacity at the state and territorial level to reduce the burden of chronic disease).

So that Members can take the most advantage of all that NACDD has to offer, the Guide also lists Member services and benefits. I also encourage you to check out the updated information about how Members can keep in touch with their Association, such as through updating their Member profile, managing their communication preferences, or by using the directories of staff, subject matter experts, Board Members, and Representative Members that are available in the Guide.

As the only organization representing all State and Territorial Chronic Disease Directors and their staff, we are proud to support you in your efforts to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on the population and to advocate for prevention policies and programs.

Read more from the May 2021 issue of Impact Brief below.

  • From the CEO – May 2021 Impact Brief
    As the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic continue, we have been reaching out to states to encourage them to think about how we can support new and emerging efforts to control and prevent chronic disease. We hope you will consider us your first and most steadfast partner in achieving healthier communities. To that end, if […]
  • New Resources to Support Persons with Dementia and Their Families
    May 2021 NACDD is supportive of the work of many diverse partners to provide innovative resources in the field of Alzheimer’s and related dementia. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month, and we are proud to share the work of Us Against Alzheimer’s and the Brain Donor Project in developing resources to support persons with […]
  • Physical Activity and Self-Management Can Improve Arthritis
    May 2021 Arthritis is a leading contributor to chronic disease burden and a top cause of morbidity, work limitations, and reduced quality of life. People with arthritis face barriers to physical activity such as fear of worsening arthritis pain and progression. However, arthritis and its limitations can be managed effectively, and symptoms improved, through routine […]

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