NACDD Board Presidents Drive Innovation in State and Territorial Health Promotion
The NACDD Board President’s Challenge is a one-year project that the NACDD Board President develops to focus NACDD Member competency in an emerging or innovative issue in chronic disease prevention.
Established in 2016, previous President’s Challenges have focused on:
- addressing the social determinants of health,
- promoting health equity,
- enhancing Member leadership capacity,
- exploring the opportunities that a population health focus can offer to chronic disease prevention and control; and
- advancing racial equity in chronic disease programs
The 2021-2022 Board President’s Challenge, led Kristi Pier, is “Finding a Way Forward: Resilience Across the Socioecological Model.” The Challenge discusses ways Members can take action at the social, community, interpersonal, and individual level to promote resiliency in the face of challenges presented by systemic racism, health inequities, and the ongoing pandemic.
What is resiliency?
Resilience is defined broadly, typically dependent on the context. Anne Masten’s definition of resilience frames the goals: “the capacity of a system to adapt successfully to disturbances that threaten the viability, function, or development of the system.”