NACDD Annual Report FY2019: “Mapping a Healthier Future”

NACDD Releases FY19 Annual Report, “Mapping a Healthier Future,” Highlighting Data-Driven Work to Address Health Inequities


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ATLANTA (Sept. 30, 2020) — The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has released its FY19 annual report, “Mapping a Healthier Future,” detailing projects and achievements furthering state health’s impact addressing the root causes of health inequities, such as social and political injustice and economic deprivation.

“We have an important destination ahead in public health to bring our field ‘upstream’ to address the social, economic, and institutional sources of health inequities,” said John W. Robitscher, MPH, NACDD CEO. “NACDD is actively building non-traditional partnerships, using data to guide our work, and nurturing the current and the next generation of chronic disease professionals to continue this work into the future.”

Among the many Association accomplishments detailed in the annual report, highlights include:

  • Increasing grant revenue to more than $25 million, of which more than 84% went to program services;
  • Hosting the Association’s largest ever Chronic Disease Academy for 250 attendees; and
  • Releasing the podcast series, “Health: To Be Determined” hosted by 2019 NACDD Board President Dr. Gabriel Kaplan.

NACDD’s program achievements in FY19 included:

  • The integration of the arthritis prevention and control program, Walk With Ease, into a worksite wellness initiative, reaching 17 states and 254 employees.
  • Creating a series of videos featuring Dr. Lisa Richardson, Director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control that provide tips for health systems leaders on how to increase cancer screening rates using evidence-based strategies.
  • Launching multicomponent wellness programs to address physical activity, nutrition, tobacco cessation, and mental health for cancer survivors in five rural communities in Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Louisiana, and Mississippi;
  • Scaling the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) in Underserved Areas by implementing five strategies across four states — Alaska, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania — that focus on underserved populations, such as people with disabilities, Medicare beneficiaries, and the general public who have prediabetes.
  • Hosting the free, online Virtual Environmental Public Health Tracking Conference to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program, with more than 250 users in attendance.
  • Learn more about NACDD’s program work.


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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and its more than 7,000 Members seek to strengthen state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control in states and nationally. Established in 1988, in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NACDD is the only membership association of its kind to serve and represent every chronic disease division in all states and U.S. territories. For more information, visit

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