Communications Tools and Resources
The Communications Department is prepared to assist NACDD Members, staff, and consultants with materials and public outreach to reduce the burden of chronic disease and to promote health.
The tools and resources below detail our Department’s policies and recommended practices for working with the Communications Department as well as the Association’s larger brand standards and policies.
Internal Resources for Staff and Consultants
The Internal Forms Page is a resource area for staff and consultants to share information, download forms, training videos, and other collaborative work. The Communications Department maintains this page on behalf of the other departments in the Association and regularly updates it with important policies, forms, and other items to help facilitate NACDD work.
Requesting Internal Communications Support
Communications Ticket Process
Through NACDD’s many Programs, the Communications Department regularly prepares new publications, reports, brochures, webpages, microsites, and videos to help convey the significant work our Programs and Members do every day.
Staff and consultants can request Communications support with or review of their deliverables, by using our Communications Service Request Form. For more details on the creative production process, our Monthly Editorial calendar, and how to work with the Department, please refer to NACDD’s Communications Department FAQ.
We also offer a Media Relations Tip Sheet 2021.
Branding Our Work
Staff and consultants can log in to NACDD’s Dropbox to access a folder of Graphic Tools, including: our Communications Guide, branding tip sheets, stock photos, NACDD-branded templates including digital letterheads, PowerPoints, report templates, and logo kits.
Logo Use and Style Guide
NACDD’s Logo Use Policy outlines the requirements for appropriate use of the Association’s Logo, and a tip sheet, provides more details on how branding materials may and may not be used. Staff and consultants can access the logo kit on the Graphic Tools Dropbox. Download the Association’s quick start style guide to easily reference our most important style and branding standards. Members and partners may request permission to use an NACDD logo by contacting email@example.com.
There are a number of NACDD-branded giveaways that Consultants and staff can provide during meetings and events to promote the work that the Association does on a daily basis and to drive Members and partners to learn more about chronic disease prevention and control. Fill out our Communications Service Request Form to request Giveaways and view a list of available items.
Documenting Our Work
Equipment Borrowing Program
Consultants and staff can check out equipment from the Communications Department for NACDD-related events. View the full list of available equipment and accessories available loan. Read NACDD’s Equipment Check Out Tip Sheet on how to properly care for equipment while it is in your possession. Contact the Communications Department for more information.
Release Forms and Testimonials
In some circumstances, NACDD requires the use of Release Forms for photos, videos, or quotes of our partners and program participants. View a tip sheet on when and how to complete the Release Form.
The Communications Department always is looking for quotes that the Department can share in NACDD’s publicity materials about the value the Association offers to Members and partners. Use the Feedback Form for meetings and events where partners are willing to provide testimonials about NACDD’s value and programming for that event or more broadly.
Resources for Members and Partners
Specially Developed Tools for Members and Partners
COVID-19 Resource Center
Because of the close connection between COVID-19 and poor outcomes for people with chronic diseases, NACDD maintains a list of updated resources specifically to support the state and territorial Chronic Disease Unit response to COVID-19. Please visit the resource center to view a variety of webinars, fact sheets, graphics, and other items relevant to our Members’ work.
Royalty-Free or Open Source Communications Resources for Members
The Communications Department has compiled a list of royalty-free or open-source graphics, images, audio databases, and other resources to support your communications projects.
NACDD’s Communications Guide
NACDD compiled the first-ever chronic disease Communications Guide for use within our Association to help elevate, standardize, and enhance language used in discussions of chronic disease prevention and control and health promotion. The guide is updated annually. While the document is an internal one to NACDD, Member states have found it a valuable resource in developing their own style guides. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for questions about the style guide, attribution, or to suggest additions to the content.
Working With Us
Upon request, the Communications Department can provide expert guidance to Members and partners to support successful communications or dissemination of programs and activities.
National Thought Leadership in Communications
NACDD Communications Department staff sit on CDC’s State and Community Health Media Center selection committee as well as on several other national health communications advisory groups to represent Member states’ voices on needs and interests for communications resources and materials.
Through NACDD’s Communications Advisory Team, the Association seeks input from Members in communications roles about areas of communications competencies and resource development that can help improve work at the state and territorial level.
In many cases, the Communications team will partner with outside vendors to complete specific work beyond the scope or capacity of the team. NACDD maintains an Approved Vendor list, which will be published in later 2021. To apply for Approved Vendor status in the interim, please fill out our New Vendor Request Form and someone from the Department will follow up with you to learn more.
Promoting Your Work
There are many opportunities to spotlight program, Member, or partner news and other information on our website, newsletters (such as Impact Brief), social media, and other channels. Visit our Editorial page to learn more or contact us with your news idea and someone from our Department will follow up with you to learn more.
NACDD staff and consultants can view our press release standard operating procedure, press release template, and tips for working with the media in our Graphic Tools Dropbox.
Stay in Touch and In the Know
There are many ways to stay in touch with NACDD, so the latest news and information always is at your fingertips.
- Bookmark chronicdisease.org on your favorite browser.
- Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn to be sure you have access to NACDD news where you engage with your peers on social media.
- Contact Members@chronicdisease.org to update your Member profile or learn more about Member Benefits.
- For general questions regarding Communications services offered or for media requests, please contact Paige Rohe, Senior Director of Communications and Member Services. For media requests, please note if the request is urgent in your subject line and call 404-924-8295.
- For questions about Association communications, email marketing, or the Impact Brief, contact Stacey Evans, Communications Specialist.
- For questions about program and partner communications, contact Zunera Mirza, Health Communications Specialist.
- For questions about the website or social media, contact email@example.com.