January CEO Message

Earlier this month, we hosted our fourth annual Public Health Success Showcase, “Elevating Public Health to Social Health – Establishing Multisectoral Partnerships to Impact the Root Causes of Chronic Disease. 

The event included a poster session featuring more than 60 projects from NACDD’s program portfolio and a live-streamed Fireside Chat with Dr. Karen Hacker, Director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Gov. Mike Leavitt, Founder of Leavitt Partners, former Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Governor of Utah; NACDD Board President Monica Morales, the Deputy Director for the Center for Healthy Communities at the California Department of Public Health; and Susan Winckler, President of Leavitt Partners Solutions, who served as moderator. 

This Showcase’s topic is especially important, because as this country continues to struggle with improving population health” from sedentary behavior, to less nutritious foods, to vaping” we also face challenges and inequalities in housing, transportation, education, and wages. 

The panel shared insights on how local and federal government can work together in the new era of value-based care to respond to the needs of our communities, and our poster session demonstrated the continuing, critical work being accomplished at the state and territorial level to create healthier communities.

Through our growing body of hundreds of projects, we are intensifying our reach and our impact, with military communities, an Obesity Prevention summit, and multiple thought-leader roundtables around forward-thinking topics. 

We also are using data like never before. We have new projects and new partners that have catapulted our ability to collect and leverage data to speed, track, and evaluate change. [Read Gov. Leavitt’s article “Examining Data and Value-Based Care in our Insights magazine].

This expanded work is powered by deep partnerships at the state and federal level, across government agencies, and within industries, to implement effective strategies that improve the health of the public.

As Gov. Leavitt is fond of saying, “This is public health’s moment” and at NACDD, we couldn’t agree more.


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