John W. Patton
Director of Program Relations
John W. Patton has worked in mass media and public relations for more than 20 years. He is a published newspaper, magazine, and online journalist. He has worked for PBS, NBC, and CBS. His public relations work has included government officials, authors, and business leaders. His work has spanned nonprofits, government agencies, and private businesses.
For the last four years, John has worked with the CDC to scale and sustain the National Diabetes Prevention Program, which has included work with the Ad Council and CBS Television to create award-winning, national prediabetes awareness campaigns. Additionally, he has worked on multiple cancer prevention programs, including communication and conversation-simulation technology.
John has served NACDD since 2010 and previously held the position of Director of Communications for six years before his current role directing the partnership and collaboration efforts of the Association as Director of Program Relations. His new role affords him the opportunity to work with more than 200 private industry partners to prevent and control chronic diseases.
John received his degree in Mass Communications from the University of Delaware, including media studies in England at the City of London Polytechnic. He later completed a journalism fellowship at the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and has consulted on marketing and positioning efforts for numerous companies. He is a public speaker and teaches marketing, message development, and media relations to nonprofits, civic organizations, and State Health Departments.