New Tools to Help Build Partnerships with the Military

NACDD is proud to offer a suite of tools to help public health professionals develop sustaining relationships with state and local military to better serve Service members, veterans, and their families.

NACDD is committed to promoting health and preventing chronic disease among Service members, veterans, and their families. This work is critical not only for active-duty Service members, but also reserve component Service members. NACDD created a suite of tools to help public health professionals learn more about this population and navigate the complex organizational structures of the Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA).

The suite of tools includes:

  1. Developing Partnerships with the Military: A Guide for State Public Health Chronic Disease Professionals: This step-by-step guide provides information and strategies to help public health professionals build capacity to better serve military-connected individuals. It outlines the structure and function of DoD and VA, discusses military demographics and culture, outlines data sources pertaining to military health and wellness, and offers ideas for partnership.
  • The Building Healthy Military Communities Toolkit: This resource is designed for DoD service providers (clinical, public/population health, family service programs, etc.) and other community-based organizations that support Service members and their families. It provides tactics and strategies to engage in effective communications with public health and related agencies. It also outlines methods for identifying national and state resources available to Service members. More importantly, it provides guidance on how to create healthier communities that support the health and well-being of military service members and their families.

Learn more about how states are partnering with their military.

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