2020 GEAR Group Opportunities

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2020 GEAR Group Opportunities

NACDD invites state chronic disease practitioners from the novice to the expert to participate in a 2020 GEAR Group. GEAR Groups are NACDD’s case-based, peer-to-peer learning opportunity designed to catalyze planning for longer term state level action.

GEAR Groups use the University of New Mexico’s ECHO model™ – a virtual, “all teach / all learn” approach to professional development.

Participants will advance their leadership and management skills while contributing to the collective effort to advance health equity by exploring one or more of the following topics: healthy food access, early care and education, adverse community experiences, and building active, healthy and inclusive communities.

GEAR Groups, each with up to 12 states, will explore their topic through case presentations, short didactic presentations, and active discussions over the course of four 90-minute video meetings. A Facilitator and Strategist will guide each discussion to explore opportunities for improvement through partnerships, promising interventions or policies, data, and evaluation.

GEAR Group Member Expectations

GEAR Group members can boost efforts in their state to by applying lessons learned to their state context. To maximize impact of this short-term, small group opportunity, GEAR Group members have the following expectations.

  1. Prepare for and actively participate in all four web conferences on camera using the ZOOM platform.
  2. Write and present a 5-minute case presentation. This can pertain to something your state is working on already or something under consideration related to the GEAR Group topic. Case presentations are followed by group discussion, offering presenters the opportunity to gather wisdom, feedback, and guidance from peers and a strategist.
  3. Review written case presentations in advance of GEAR Group sessions and be prepared to share ideas and resources with fellow participants.
  4. Be willing to listen, reflect, learn, and share thoughts and experiences relevant to the topic during and between video conferences.
  5. Facilitate building relationships and trust among the group members by connecting with at least one other member between each meeting.
  6. Share lessons learned and resources gained through the GEAR Groups with colleagues in your state.
  7. Complete the GEAR Group evaluation questionnaire and or interview after the series and again six months later.


Registration will open about eight weeks before the start of each group. Before registering, carefully review the group description and confirm your availability for the group dates and times, then click the GEAR Group name below to register. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Individuals may participate in more than one group if space is available. Two representatives per state are welcome to participate as a pair, preparing and presenting one case presentation. You will be asked to share the following as part of registration:

  1. Name, contact information, state, and position title
  2. Availability and commitment to the group meeting dates (Members are asked to participate in ALL FOUR meeting times.)
  3. Case presentation topic and short description – 3-5 sentences. (You will be asked to complete the official case presentation form once the registration window is closed) 
  4. Short bio (3-5 sentences)
  5. Web cam shipping information (if needed)

2020 GEAR Group Topics and Meeting Dates

[Click the GEAR Group Name to Register]

  1. Promoting Prevention in Early Care and Education Centers (ECE): This GEAR Group will explore how to advance strategies for healthy food, physical activity, and social emotional wellbeing in early care and education settings. Topics will focus on evidence based and promising practices for urban and rural settings. Case presentations may touch on collaboration between state and local partners on food service guidelines, voluntary recognition programs for ECEs, parent/community engagement, 5-2-1 Almost None, or other related topics of interest to state participants. 
  • Tuesday – Mar 10, 2020 – 3:00pm – 4:30 EST
  • Tuesday – Mar 17, 2020 – 3:00pm – 4:30 EST
  • Tuesday – Mar 24, 2020 – 3:00pm – 4:30 EST
  • Tuesday – Mar 31, 2020 – 3:00pm – 4:30 EST
  1. Addressing Adverse Community Experiences: This GEAR Group will explore strategies to connect chronic disease prevention with prevention of adverse community experiences through state and local efforts addressing the social–cultural environment, the physical/built environment/ and improving economic opportunities. Topics will focus on evidence based and promising practices for urban and rural settings. Case presentations may touch on how chronic disease programs are collaborating to strengthen economic supports for families, promoting social norms for violence prevention, connecting youth to caring adults and activities, and or other related topics of interest to state participants. State participants from CDC funded injury or violence prevention programs are encouraged to participate.
  • Tuesday – Apr 7, 2020 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm EST
  • Tuesday – Apr 14, 2020 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm EST
  • Tuesday – Apr 21, 2020 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm EST
  • Tuesday – Apr 28, 2020 – 3:00pm – 4:30pm EST
  1. Building Active, Healthy, and Inclusive Communities: This GEAR Group will explore strategies to increase access to safe, active, healthy, equitable, and inclusive community infrastructure that makes it possible for people of ALL abilities, including those with disabilities of any type, to thrive. Topics will focus on evidence-based and promising practices for policy, systems and environmental changes and programmatic interventions to support physical activity access and opportunity in urban and rural settings. Case presentations will highlight coordination between state and local health departments to promote active community environments, walkability, and place-based approaches to preventing and managing chronic diseases through a physical activity focus (i.e. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, asthma, etc).State participants are strongly encouraged to recruit a representative from a local health department to participate as a pair. Due to time limitations, we ask for one case presentation per pair.
  • Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020  – 3:00pm – 4:30 EST
  • Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020 – 3:00pm – 4:30 EST
  • Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020 – 3:00pm – 4:30 EST
  • Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 – 3:00pm – 4:30 EST
  1. Food Security: This GEAR Group will explore public health’s role in increasing food security – when all people have continuous access to sufficient, safe, nutritious, culturally appropriate food to maintain a healthy and active life. Topics will focus on promising practices in urban and rural settings and may include healthy food financing, farmers markets, health care referrals to healthy food, food service guidelines, and the intersection of affordable housing and food security.
  • Thursday, Feb 6, 2020 – 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EST
  • Thursday, Feb 13, 2020 – 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EST
  • Thursday, Feb 20, 2020 – 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EST
  • Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 – 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EST
  1. Foundations of Addressing Systemic Racism as a Public Health Crisis: This GEAR Group will explore the impact of and potential solutions for addressing racism in the context of chronic disease prevention and control. Eating well, being physically active, avoiding tobacco and excessive drinking, and getting regular health screenings are all only as accessible as the systems in which people live, work, learn, pray, and play are designed to be. In light of growing evidence, consensus, and awareness that consciously and unconsciously racist policies, programs, and attitudes impact health outcomes at the population level, state and territorial chronic disease practitioners will explore the role they are uniquely positioned to play in impacting change among their residents. Case presentations or proposals may highlight how chronic disease programs are working to acknowledge and address racism and its impacts both institutionally and programmatically or other related topics of interest to state participants.

Additional Information

For more information, please e-mail Julie Dudley at jdudley@chronicdisease.org.

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