Impact Brief CEO Message – August 2023

August has been quite a busy and exciting month as we continue to grow our partnerships and expand our engagement and learning opportunities for you, our NACDD Members.

This week, our Center for Advancing Healthy Communities convened states that are part of Building Resilient Inclusive Communities (BRIC) and State Partnerships Improving Nutrition and Equity (SPINE) programs for our first-ever Healthy Communities Summit. States shared successes and lessons learned during program implementation, learned about new topics that are relevant and complementary to their work, networked with peers, and identified strategies to support and sustain their BRIC and/or SPINE efforts. Participants engaged in rich action-oriented discussions around coalition and partnership building, collaborating with other health programs, funding and policy ideas, keeping equity at the center, and the art and science of storytelling. 

We will share resources highlighted during the Summit in next month’s Impact Brief. Meanwhile, learn more about the successes of BRIC states with this new resource:

  • BRIC State Profiles 2021 – 2023 highlights the state- and community-level activities planned by each BRIC state to advance food and nutrition security, safe physical activity access, and social connectedness.

We are grateful to all 20 BRIC states and nine SPINE states for their partnership and dedication to increase overall community resiliency for chronic disease prevention.

This month, we also held two in-person strategic planning meetings. NACDD’s Board of Directors convened in San Francisco to hear updates from our partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), via an update from Center Director Dr. Karen Hacker. NACDD is grateful for the ongoing partnership and guidance of Dr. Hacker and everyone at NCCDPHP, without whom much of our work would not be possible. I’d also like to thank our Board members who frequently take time from their busy schedules to travel from jurisdictions across the U.S. and its territories to provide their strategic direction and leadership to NACDD.

The following week, NACDD’s senior leadership team took part in a three-day in-person meeting to discuss strategies and goals for the upcoming fiscal year. These energizing discussions focused on the goals for our new Centers of Excellence, as well as brainstorming sessions to identify new partnership and funding opportunities for NACDD. The leadership team looks forward to finalizing and implementing these goals in preparation for FY 2024, which begins October 1. Meanwhile, NACDD continues to forge new partnerships, such as the recent ProVention Health Foundation partnership with New York-based creative agency Marina Maher Communications (MMC). This new collaboration aims to initiate impactful healthcare programming on a micro-local, community level, with an initial focus upon oncology, vaccines, diabetes management, and cardiovascular health. We have also renewed existing partnerships, such as our collaboration with the National Eye Institute (NEI) National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP). These are just a few small examples of how diverse NACDD’s reach is and how we leverage our relationships to support the work of our Members.

Learn more about ongoing and upcoming projects and partnerships by joining us at our virtual Annual Business Meeting on Thursday, September 26. You’ll hear reports from NACDD Board leadership on Government Affairs and Finance as well as a State of the Association presentation. Additionally, we will share the results of the elections for new Board Members and announce the 2023 Impact Award winners. (Stay tuned for an email invitation with registration info).

Our Members are our key partners in every state and territory. You implement the work of promoting healthy lifestyles, chronic disease prevention and control, and addressing the social determinants of health to achieve health equity. NACDD exists for you, and we are always looking for ways to support you and your work. If you have suggestions, you can always reach out to us at

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