NACDD Editorial Process and Schedule

Help Us Promote Your Work

NACDD offers multiple venues to promote chronic disease prevention and health promotion work, our Members’ work, and the activities of our partners in chronic disease prevention and health promotion. This page offers information on how to submit material for consideration on our platforms. Read an FAQ about working with the Communications Department.

Image of NACDD's homepage's special features section, including Latest News, Spotlight, Recent Publications, and Success Stories, with links to the items underneath.

  • These sections of our homepage at chronicdisease.org allow us to link to content directly to promote it front and center to our website visitors. These slots are filled at the Communications Department’s discretion.

    • Latest News – Links to press releases, job descriptions, blogs, and news features.

    • Spotlight – This section highlights promotion of more evergreen feature stories, podcasts, videos, or profiles, including of staff, partners and Members. This section is at the discretion of Communications Department in collaboration with Program Relations and Member Engagement.

    • Recent Publication – Links to a recent publication uploaded to the Publications Library, where the item can be viewed and downloaded, if desired. 

    • Success Stories – Links to a featured Success Story.
  • Blogs – Blogs on NACDD’s website  are short, first-person or group-authored entries that report on a milestone in a project or recent highlights. They are is short (200-400 words) and informal, letting readers know the who, what, when, why. Read a great example of a blog from the Biomarkers team.

  • News Features – New features are more formal recaps of a project’s success or a report’s completion for our website. A news feature should include a quote from a subject matter expert or from NACDD leadership, a program partner, NACDD Member, or funder that can provide more information/celebrate on the project’s importance or impact. News features are longer than blogs and can detail the project’s methodology, impact, and next steps, if known. News features should end with a paragraph that places this project in the context of other related work from the portfolio is. These articles should be 500-700 words. When possible, articles should follow the “inverted pyramid” news format. Read examples of two NACDD news features: “2018 Virtual Program Success Showcase” and “2018 Board President’s Challenge. ” 

  • Program Pages – Overview of NACDD program work on chronic disease, health equity, and health promotion; these pages also include updates on current activities, publications libraries, and other resources and tools.

  • Success Stories Database –Success Stories are submitted by Chronic Disease Units and partners to share successful and innovative work in chronic disease prevention and health promotion with policy makers and funders. These may be submitted at any time. See publichealthsuccess.org for details on the format.

NACDD has social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn where we promote organizational news and information about our Members and Partners.

NACDD offers several newsletters distributed regularly and as-needed to help our Members, grantees, and partners remain informed, engaged with our organization, and grow in their association with NACDD. Most newsletter items are between 100 and 300 words and are intended to be timely information relevant to their readers’ interests and needs. 

  • Impact BriefMonthly newsletter shared with approximately 5,000 Members covering news and information on chrImpact Brief masthead in blue with the NACDD logo on itonic disease programming and NACDD activities. Contact the NACDD Communications Department for more information.

  • Off the CuffWeekly newsletter distributed on Mondays on cardiovascuOff the Cuff Masthead with images of a family, a hand holding a heart, and an NACDD logo with Cardiovascular Health written underneath itlarhealth programming sent to 500 state and territorial chronic disease program staff and NACDD Members. Contact the NACDD Cardiovascular Health Team, for more information.

  • Legislative and Policy News – Weekly newsletter distributed on Fridays to approximately 160 NACDD Members and partners that covers state and federal chronic disease prevention policLegislative and Policy Newsletter masthead with a dark blue background and an image of the Capitol Rotunda in white outline and Legislative and Policy News in white with an NACDD logo.y and other government news. This publication is exclusive onlyto NACDD Members. Contact  NACDD State Policy Analyst Liz Ruth for more information.
  • The ConnectorQuarterly newsletter on Diabetes prevention programming sent to more than 800 stThe Connector Masthead in blue and white with the NACDD logo on itate and territorial chronic disease program staff and NACDD Members.Contact the NACDD Diabetes Team for more information.
  • GIS Newsletter (see a sample)– Exclusive monthly newsletter sent to approximately 250 state and territorial chronic disease professiMasthead for News from the Chronic Disease GIS Network in blue with hitw text and a logo.onals who focus on geographic information systems technology.  Contact the NACDD Cardiovascular Health Team, for more information.

NACDD offers several podcasts (including active series and archived episodes) that are shared with NACDD Members to help them inform, engage, and grow their careers. Podcasts are brief, recorded conversations with subject matter experts on professional development and newsworthy public health topics. These conversations should be less than 45 minutes. and are typically edited  professionally with intros and outros. Podcasts should include transcripts whenever possible for accessibility. 

  • Current podcasts accepting pitches for content include:
    • Health Yeah!NACDD’s official professional development and chronic disease news podcast. Podcasts are approximately 20 minutes long, on average, and feature a variety of experts from across public health and chronic disease prevention and control. Contact the Communications Department for more information.

    • Power Tools – A podcast series by NACDD’s Director of Program Relations, John Patton, with vetted, private-industry partners whose products and services act as ‘tools’ that add exponential ‘power’ to the work of public health practitioners.

    • Race Toward Health  – NACDD’s Health Equity podcast, produced by the Health Equity Council. Contact the Health Equity Council for more information. 

NACDD regularly produces press releases to bring media and Member attention to NACDD and partner accomplishments. A press release is a document that is delivered to the media to inform them of an organization or a public figure’s newsworthy event, announcement, publication, or activity.

  • A press release should be reserved only for the biggest and most important news that an organization has to share, such as new funding, launching a large project with national partners, or achieving strong results on a project.
  • Press releases generally are written as if they were a news story in a newspaper or magazine, with the most important information in the first sentence and the least important information at the bottom of the article.
  • The best press releases “show” the audience, rather than tell them why the information is newsworthy. Ideal releases provide the media with all the context and details that they would need to write an article.
  • NOTE: Only specific individuals are approved to be spokespeople for NACDD and can be quoted in press releases: the Chief Executive Officer, the Policy Committee Chair, and the Board President. When these individuals are quoted in a release, these spokespeople must have final approval before the release is distributed. Program partners and funders may be quoted, as appropriate, and must have final approval of their quote.

  • Our  Graphic Tools Dropbox for staff and consultants has our press release standard operating procedure, a template for press releases, and a tip sheet for working with the media. These materials can be provided for reference upon request to to Members. An image of a press release for launching the YourHealthBeyondCOVID website with pictures from the website at the top

NACDD regularly emails Members based on their selected interest areas and preferences about important professional development and funding opportunities as well as news on chronic disease and health promotion. NACDD has specific criteria for emailing Members. Contact the Communications Department to learn more. 

How the Editorial Process Works

  • Submit items for editorial review and to Impact Brief or other newsletters using the Communications Services Request Form.

    • If your material requires Communications Support prior to submitting for editorial placement, you can simply note your preferred editorial placement and timeframe within the same request.

    • Read Impact Brief Submission Guide and Tip Sheet.

  • The Communications Department will confirm receipt of the submission within three business days.

  • Submissions will be reviewed and may edited to fit NACDD’s style and tone, and to correct errors. (Submissions should clarify whether funders or sponsoring agencies do not want the content to be edited.)

  • The Communications Department may follow up for further clarification or to ask for program review of copy that has been significantly edited.

  • Submissions are not guaranteed acceptance in the editorial calendar; if a submission is not accepted, the Communications Department will follow up with the submitter to provide feedback.
  • Choose topics that are newsworthy like a major milestone in a program, a new approach to a problem, the impact of an activity on a local community, or a surprising positive outcome for a project.

  • Start with a strong introductory sentence, the “lead,” to explain what the news is.

  • Tie submissions back to NACDD’s strategic objectives.

  • “Show” don’t “tell” the audience why an item is important and impactful; provide statistics and concrete examples to help communicate your story.

  • Collect release forms for all people quoted or photographed in the stories. Release form templates are available for staff and consultants in NACDD’s Graphic Tools Dropbox.

  • Make sure permissions or licenses have been secured before using any stock photos from the web.

  • Include links to additional resources for more information or calls to action for how Members and partners can become involved with or connected to the work.

  • Be sure to proofread the submission for typos and grammatical errors. Check out our Communications Guide for details on common mistakes and NACDD’s official style. 

Our Current Editorial Calendar
FY 2022

The NACDD Monthly Editorial Calendar runs through our fiscal year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30) and dictates the content themes that will be highlighted on our website, our Impact Brief newsletter, and social media. 

Content themes are based on expected program announcements, milestones, and achievements, but may be subject to change. 

The due dates listed are for inclusion in that month’s Impact Brief. However, news and announcements for our website and social media can be promoted outside of the Impact Brief schedule.

To submit an item for Impact Brief or for our other channels, simply submit a Communications Service Request

Theme: Advancing a strong, diversified portfolio

  • National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP)/Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Program Portfolio Summary
  • Walkability

Theme: Giving back to help us move forward

  • Cancer Council
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • ECHO(R) Clinics
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Member Services
  • Giving Campaign

We do not publish Impact Brief during December. Be sure to get your submissions in either in November or January. 

Theme: Celebrating program successes

  • Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) Alliance
  • COVID-19
  • Professional Development
  • Diabetes State Engagement Model (StEM)
  • Showcase Recap
  • Biomarkers

Theme: Getting to the heart of our work

  • Vision and Eye
  • Hypertension Roundtable
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice
  • Building Healthy Military Communities
  • Building Resilient Inclusive Communities (BRIC)
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition State Engagement Model (PAN StEM)

Theme: Advancing racial equity

  • Health Equity and Cancer
  • Health Equity
  • COVID-19 Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO)
  • Generate Educate Activate and Respond (GEAR) Groups
  • National Diabetes Prevention Program (1705)

Theme: Expanding capacity for public health preparedness

  • Multi-state EHR-based Network for Disease Surveillance (MENDS)
  • Pacific Chronic Disease Council (PCDC)
  • Lupus
  • Prostate Cancer
  • COVID-19 Education Outreach
  • Member Services
  • Walkability

Theme: Advancing healthy aging

  • WISEWOMAN
  • Alzheimer’s 
  • Arthritis
  • Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) Alliance

Theme: Engaging Members in innovation

  • Professional Development
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Oral Health
  • Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)/Medicaid

Theme: Advocating for a modern chronic disease surveillance system

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Innovative Learning and Practice Initiative (ILPI)
  • Multi-state EHR-based Network for Disease Surveillance (MENDS)
  • Cancer Peer-to-Peer 
  • Member Services

Theme: Growing state capacity with diverse partnerships

  • Health and Wellness for Cancer Survivorship
  • Million Hearts(R)
  • Oral Health
  • Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Alliance 

Theme: Striving to be a model for public health practice

  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition State Engagement Model (PAN StEM)
  • Health Equity 

Learn More About Our Communications Services and Offerings

NACDD offers many services, resources, and tools for our Members, staff, subject matter expert consultants, and partners to help effectively communicate about and promote chronic disease prevention and health promotion. View our Communications Services page to learn more. 

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