Policy Goals

NACDD updates its policy goals annually, helping ensure our organization stays focused on the most important issues of the day. In 2019/2020, NACDD urges Members to work toward the following goal, with suggested objectives and key activities:

Goal: Develop and pursue a multifaceted policy agenda that reflects the diverse needs and interests of the Membership, while seizing opportunities to expand state-based chronic disease prevention and control programs.

Objectives and Key Activities:

A. Support the essential growth and development of state-based programs that address chronic diseases, risk factors, and social determinants of health through resources for the development of coordinated approaches to chronic disease prevention and control.

  • Continue support for sustainable funding of basic state infrastructure for program and epidemiology capacity to plan, implement, and evaluate interventions; link clinical and community resources; and educate the public to avoid preventable disease or complications of disease.
  • Document the return on investment of chronic disease prevention.
  • Work with national partners (ASTHO and others) to seek funding to support this goal.
  • Work with Cornerstone Government Affairs to identify Congressional champions and promote accomplishment of this objective.

B. Support the continuation of funded chronic disease prevention and control programs in every state and territory including Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Diabetes Prevention and Control, Cancer Prevention and Control and Tobacco Prevention. Support growth to meet identified needs in Nutrition/Physical Activity, Arthritis Prevention and Control, School Health, Healthy Aging, and others.

C. Work with partners to educate Congress and the executive branch about the need for dramatic growth in resources to address physical activity and nutrition interventions. Understanding that the current appropriations bill provides continuation of requested resources for Diabetes Prevention and Control, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, Tobacco Control, and other key programs, NACDD has identified that the area that continues to severely lag behind in resources needed is the risk factors of physical activity and nutrition. Combined, these are a close second to Tobacco in terms of risk, yet resources lag far behind.

  • Work toward a multiyear strategy to reach $200 million to support national activity, especially through State Health Departments.
  • Conduct educational sessions for Congress.
  • Collaborate with voluntary health organizations and other key national partners.
  • Conduct targeted meetings with Congress and administration officials to promote this goal.
  • Develop materials to assist Members and others to promote this goal.
  • Maintain dedicated area of website to ensure that materials and information are easily accessible.
  • Work with Cornerstone Government Affairs to promote accomplishment of this objective.

D. Support national partners in their overall budget requests to support the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s chronic disease prevention and control programs.

  • Participate as an active member of national coalitions, ensuring that the states’ perspective is recognized and that state concerns are addressed.
  • Reach out to non-traditional partners to identify common ground with NACDD goals.
  • Develop schedule of national (and state meetings as required) for presentations by NACDD and/or Members and develop talking points for use at these meetings.
  • Support national efforts to increase CDC NCCDPHP funding by distributing information to NACDD Members, providing information about state programs, and working with partners to educate decision makers.
  • Work with Cornerstone Government Affairs to promote accomplishment of this objective.