July 2017 Impact Brief

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Note: We are making a few changes to the Impact Brief this summer and fall to make it an even more valuable tool for you. Let us know what you think of our progress by emailing Publications@Chronicdisease.org.

Why are we here? NACDD staff and consultants ask ourselves this question every day, and we look to you to tell us how the work we do can best support your efforts to prevent and control chronic disease across the country.

Last month, during our Annual Membership Satisfaction Survey, we asked you to weigh in on how our benefits and services can continue to best support you. (Haven’t taken the survey yet? You can still weigh in, and it takes only 15 minutes. Take the survey now.)

What we heard from our Members was that you value the professional development resources that we offer on our website, chronicdisease.org, through our webinars, events, and other opportunities.

And as the only public health association supporting the interests and needs of state chronic disease directors, programs, and personnel, we heard from you that you look to us as the authority that informs you first on political and policy updates that impact you through our Government Affairs Forum calls, email updates, and advocacy work on your behalf.

But, we know that we have even more work to do to help shape the chronic disease prevention and health promotion landscape into the future. I recently worked with senior leaders and NACDD’s Board of Directors to visualize NACDD in the year 2020, and here is a sneak peek of where we hope to go during the next three years:

  • We will continue to advocate for sufficient funding to state chronic disease prevention and health promotion initiatives.
  • We will seek $20 million in annual funding for NACDD programs.
  • We will expand our headquarters staff to 20 to meet the growing need for our services.
  • We will seek new strategic opportunities, such as how we can partner and share expertise to support global chronic disease prevention and control.

We welcome your participation in achieving our 2020 vision – join one of our discussion groups or nominate yourself to participate in a leadership role on one of our councils or committees.

All of the tremendous advancements NACDD has made during the past 29 years have come through your hard work and indispensable partnership.

Together, we have achieved much; and I want you to know that our headquarters staff and I appreciate your work “in the trenches” to help make our progress possible.

You and the people you serve are the reason we do what we do today and into tomorrow.

P.S. Check out our new introductory video to NACDD and share it with a colleague today.