Member FAQ

As program staff working to prevent chronic disease in your State or Territorial Health Department, many of our new Members have questions about NACDD and what our professional Association has to offer them. Here are a few answers.

What is NACDD?

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors was founded in 1988 as a professional association of like-minded health officials committed to the advancement of chronic disease prevention and control. Today, the Association has grown to serve 7,000 Members, who share best practices, advocate for preventive policies, encourage knowledge sharing, and provide thought leadership in health promotion. Through professional development, capacity building, and program work, we remain dedicated to the success of state, tribal, and territorial work to reduce the burden of chronic disease in the United States.

Who is a Member of NACDD?

General Members are employees of State and Territorial Health Departments who are working in chronic disease prevention and control programs. Eligible General Members also include staff in health promotion and education, epidemiology units, maternal and child health, oral health, injury, immunization, and communicable and noncommunicable diseases and/or risk factors.

Associate Members are not State or Territorial Health Department employees, but public health professionals working in chronic disease in other industries and specialty areas, such as nonprofit, healthcare systems, private industry, or academia. Examples include federal employees, nonprofit executives, healthcare providers, public health academics, researchers, corporate employees, students enrolled full-time in public health or an allied field, and individuals retired from the practice of public health. Eligible Associate Membership categories include:

  • Educational (example: colleges, universities)
  • Federal (example: CDC, HHS)
  • Local County (example: local, municipal, or county health departments)
  • Organizational (example: nonprofits)
  • Partner (example: private industry, healthcare systems)
  • Retired (example: former employees of State or Territorial Health Departments)
  • Student (example: individuals enrolled full-time in public health or an allied field)
  • Tribal (example: Tribal Health Departments)

What are the benefits of being a Member of NACDD?

NACDD’s Member benefits include peer-to-peer networking, professional development and continuing education opportunities, grant assistance, leadership-focused training, and much more (See our Member Information Guide for more details).

If you’d like to connect with someone in our Member Services department directly about your Membership, please email

How do you become a Member of NACDD?

General Members automatically receive NACDD Membership through their State and Territorial Health Departments, which pay the Membership dues on their behalf. Their departments complete an annual I-Count survey to ensure that Membership rosters are current for their respective departments. 

Associate Members can join NACDD by completing a Member profile through the NACDD website, which is then reviewed by NACDD leadership for alignment with the Association’s Mission and Vision. Upon approval, the Member profile is activated. Paid Associate Membership dues are renewed on an annual basis.

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