2017 Annual Report

Informing, Engaging, and Growing State Success Against Chronic Disease

We are pleased to share with you the 2017 Annual Report, detailing the past year’s unprecedented progress in advancing state and territorial capacity to address chronic disease prevention and control.

Together, Chronic Disease Directors and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) have engaged new partnerships, grown our program work significantly, and established new tools to help inform and improve our workforce capacity.

Here are just a few of our achievements this year:

  • NACDD and partner states participated in the MillionHeartsŸ campaign 2022 Initiative.
  • The Regional Representatives forum directly served nearly all states and territories.
  • Ten communities in five states developed community action plans targeting inclusive, healthy community changes for people with disabilities, resulting in more than 100 impact outcomes so far.
  • Ten states developed action plans for scaling and sustaining the National Diabetes Prevention Program through NACDD’s State Engagement Model.
  • Capitalizing on our partnership with Joan Lunden and CBS Health Solutions,10 states (including three states who renewed their campaigns from last year) purchased spots in local doctors’ offices, on websites, and via social media to broadcast a second season of prediabetes awareness messages as well as new colorectal cancer public service announcements (PSAs).
  • A Health Equity Toolkit was published and is being piloted in nine states, and a Health Equity consultant has been hired to support our expanding work in this area.
  • Bipartisan support of chronic disease prevention funding was strengthened through our testimony before a U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee and through our leadership on multiple policy sign-on letters representing nearly 200 organizations.
  • And our 2017 President’s Challenge, “Learn, Lead, and Thrive” tackled emerging professional development and workforce issues through the release of our first podcast series.

These milestones, celebrated in this Annual Report, reflect years of Member-led, Member-driven work implementing our strategic vision, pursuing multiple funding strategies, and investing in promoting environmental and health system changes.

As we continue our 30th year of work in 2018, we look forward to continuing to be your go-to organization informing, engaging, and growing our nation’s capability to improve health and prevent chronic disease.

John W. Robitscher, MPH



Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHS

President, Board of Directors

Careers at NACDD

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