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John W. Robitscher, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
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Dear Member,

Last week, we hosted our Annual Business Meeting, where we shared with our Members reports on our financial strength, policy and program successes, our progress on our strategic plan, and the new resources and tools that NACDD has developed to support you in the “new normal.” The meeting was also a time for us to celebrate leaders in chronic disease prevention and control as we announced NACCD’s Impact Awards winners and our incoming and outgoing Board Members.
This year we presented 12 Impact Awards (the most in our history!) ranging from Rising Stars to Lifetime Achievement (read more about the winners).
We also are honored to welcome seven new Board Members, who will begin their term Oct. 1. Kristi Pier will serve as our new Board President, and Dr. Susan Kansagra will move into the role of Past President. NACDD has benefitted greatly from Dr. Kansagra’s steady hand, dedicated support, and extraordinary commitment to helping our field grow and evolve. During the business meeting Dr. Kansagra highlighted the states who participated in her President’s Challenge to advance racial equity as a core competency of state chronic disease programs. Pier announced the challenge for FY 2022 will build upon past work of bridging the gaps in health equity and racial equity, while also focusing on recovery and resilience within public health teams and communities. (Learn more about the NACDD President’s Challenge.)
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Health Affairs Publishes Blog by NACDD on Health Debt
NACDD experts Dr. Jeanne Alongi, Director of Public Health Practice, John W. Robitscher, Chief Executive Officer, and Liz Ruth, State Policy Analyst, published a blog in the preeminent health policy journal, Health Affairs, this month on “Confronting The Health Debt: The Impact Of COVID-19 On Chronic Disease Prevention And Management.” The article examines the origins of the health debt, the critical role of state public health agencies in dealing with this issue, and it offers an agenda to address the current health debt and to prepare for the next pandemic and its consequences.
Evaluation Peer Network Formed for 1815/1817 Evaluators and Epidemiologists
With support from CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, NACDD formed an Evaluation Peer Network to bring together evaluators and epidemiologists working in 1815/1817, Categories A and B. Evaluators and epidemiologists come together on bi-monthly calls to share resources, ask questions of each other, and share approaches to evaluation, epidemiology, surveillance, and performance measurement. Read More →

NACCD Staff on End Social Isolation & Loneliness Panel
NACDD's Vish Vasani (Associate Director, Center for Community and Environmental Health) and Mara Galic (Technical Assistance Manager, Building Resilient Inclusive Communities) will present at a panel on the state public health perspective for the End Social Isolation & Loneliness 2021 Action Forum on Oct. 8 at 11:30 a.m. ET. The two-day forum also will feature global, national and state/community public health partners including the World Health Organization, AARP, and Meals on Wheels. Register →

New Podcast: Collective Voices for Diabetes
We are excited to announce NACDD’s newest podcast series: Collective Voices for Diabetes: Partnering for Prevention and Management.Through intimate and dynamic conversations, NACDD and featured guests explore innovative public health practices, collective approaches, and unique achievements in the field of partnerships for diabetes prevention and management. The first three pilot episodes highlight how leaders in Pennsylvania and Tennessee have taken innovative approaches and leveraged strong partnerships to expand the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) and its lifestyle change program. Read more →
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Award Winner - School Health Outreach Project
The ACR’s School Health Outreach Project (Let’s Talk “SHOP”) was recently recognized as an ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership 2021 Power of A Gold Award winner. Through the program, ACR members train school nurses to better support children with lupus and advocate for their needs within public school districts serving a high percentage of students who receive free or reduced lunch, and in areas of low per capita numbers of people with health insurance. This project was implemented through a partnership between ACR and NADDD. The annual awards celebrate and promote the invaluable contributions that associations make to America and the world and awards will be presented on Sept. 30. Learn more →

Members Make 40 Under 40 List
Congratulations to Jennica Allen, Community Health Planning and Engagement Specialist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and Janna Pastir, Director for the Division of Health Promotion at the North Dakota Department of Health, for making the de Beaumont Foundation’s 40 Under 40 in Public Health list. The list recognizes leaders whose creativity and innovation are strengthening communities across the country.
Talk to Someone CME Course
In collaboration with the CDC, NACDD launched Talk to Someone: Helping Survivors With Healthy Lifestyles CME course produced by Medscape Education. Intended for hematology/oncology specialists, primary care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, the goal of the course is to improve knowledge in identifying and managing lifestyle challenges in patients after cancer treatment, and to improve the ability create personalized treatment plans and direct patients to appropriate support resources, such as the Talk to Someone conversation simulation modules. As of August 2020, more than 1,500 healthcare providers successfully completed the course. In addition, 79% of the learners say that they plan to make one or more practice changes as a result of taking the course and 94% agree that the content learned from this activity will impact their practice.
  • Ingrid J. Hall, an epidemiologist in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch, discussed the development of the interactive online educational tool for prostate cancer treatment choices on the podcast Saturday Mornings with Joy Keys. 
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Bring Your Brave: Help families have life-saving conversations about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer
Oct. 28, 1 p.m. ET Register
Personal stories help patients and families talk about hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Hear from storytelling and communications experts and tour a suite of videos and other tools developed in partnership with the CDC’s Bring Your Brave campaign. Learn how you can incorporate these easy-to-use tools into your practice to inspire more meaningful conversations about this critical cancer prevention topic.

United In Service Project Webinar Series
Sept. 29 – Physical Activity & Nutrition 
This Building Healthy Military Communities and the Florida Department of Health partnership seeks to highlight connections between the Social Determinants of Health, the heart of the comprehensive public health approach, and Total Force Fitness (TFF), the military concept of health and wellbeing.

Environmental Chemicals and Impact on Cancer Prevention
Oct. 20, 2 p.m. ET Register→
The first webinar in this series will provide an overall view and background on the topic of environmental chemicals and cancer prevention; later webinars will focus on evidence based/evidence informed interventions and how to develop partnerships. These webinars are developed through a partnership between NACDD, CDC, the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Breast Cancer Prevention Partners.
9th Annual (Virtual) Meeting of the National Forum
Reaching for Cardiovascular Health Equity: Investing Where it Matters
Oct. 28 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET Register→

Watch NIHCM’s recent webinar Who Gets Health Care and Why: AI, Race and Health Equity
General Member Webinar: Chronic Disease Challenges and Inequities Laid Bare by the COVID-19 Pandemic
We are happy to join with the CDC Foundation, the Million Hearts® Initiative, and organizations across the nation in sharing important messages with Americans about how they can improve their heart health with small steps through the campaign. Learn More →

People with disabilities have been uniquely impacted by the pandemic. NIHCM Foundation has developed an infographic that highlights the challenges as well as clear steps that can be taken to support the health and well-being of this community. Disability, Health Equity & COVID-19 (

CDC updated web pages and resources

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View NIHCM’s infographic on oral health and disparities.

CDC released the 2020 Adult Obesity Prevalence Maps for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The Maps show self-reported adult obesity prevalence by race, ethnicity, and location using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Sixteen states reported an adult obesity prevalence at or above 35 percent.

Trust for America’s Health released a new report, State of Obesity 2021: Better Policies for a Healthier America

Childhood Obesity and COVID-19: Two Pandemics Collide This Back-to-School Season
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