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John W. Robitscher, MPH
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Earlier this month, we hosted our fourth annual Public Health Success Showcase, “Elevating Public Health to Social Health – Establishing Multisectoral Partnerships to Impact the Root Causes of Chronic Disease.” 
The event included a poster session featuring more than 60 projects from NACDD’s program portfolio and a livestreamed Fireside Chat with Dr. Karen Hacker, Director of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Gov. Mike Leavitt, Founder of Leavitt Partners, former Secretary of Health and Human Services and former Governor of Utah; NACDD Board President Monica Morales, the Deputy Director for the Center for Healthy Communities at the California Department of Public Health; and Susan Winckler, President of Leavitt Partners Solutions, who served as moderator. 
This Showcase’s topic is especially important, because as this country continues to struggle with improving population health—from sedentary behavior, to less nutritious foods, to vaping—we also face challenges and inequalities in housing, transportation, education, and wages. 
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Oral Health News
  • In March, NACDD will present “Could Your Patient’s Teeth be Affecting their Health?” at the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control’s Chronic Disease Prevention Symposium
  • In April, NACDD will present a roundtable on medical-dental integration at the National Oral Health Conference.
  • This summer, through a grant from the North Dakota Department of Health, NACDD will assist in conducting an Oral Health State Engagement Meeting (StEM) in Bismarck, ND. 
  • In addition, NACDD will continue to host a series of informative webinars with states that are funded by CDC’s Division of Oral Health. Learn More →
Integrating Alzheimer’s Messages
into Chronic Disease Programs

NACDD is working with CDC to develop integrated messaging about brain health by adapting existing chronic disease risk reduction messages, and together developed the State of Aging and Health in America Data Brief, Subjective Cognitive Decline: A Public Health Issue. Read More →
  • For more information on Healthy Aging, visit
  • For more information on the Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI), visit
  • Read HBI's 2018-2023 Road Mapwhich includes a series of topic-specific issue maps and resources.
  • A podcast series "Alzheimer’s disease genes do not equal destiny" by CDC expert Scott Bowen explores how a healthy lifestyle may reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Available in English and Spanish.
Socially Determined Podcast:
Integrating Population Health and Medicaid

Dr. Gabriel Kaplan, former NACDD Board President, interviews Dr. Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, State Health Director and the Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services about North Carolina’s integration of population health and Medicaid. Listen →
Earlier this month, NACDD joined other national experts from across the United States to help launch of Active People, Healthy NationSM, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new initiative to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. Read More →

Photo: NACDD CEO John W. Robitscher (right), shares his views with U.S. Surgeon General VADM Dr. Jerome Adams on the importance of investing in state programs to help improve physical activity within communities.
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Congratulations to Dr. Shamarial Roberson, NACDD Board Member, who has recently been named Deputy Secretary of Health for the Florida Department of Health.

Congratulations to former NACDD Board Member Dr. Mehul Dalal, who has been tapped to serve as the Community Services Administrator in New Haven, Conn.!
CDC has released 2018 data from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). 

Webinar: Trust for America's Health explores findings of the 2019 State of Obesity report, Jan. 29. Register →

Recorded Webinar: Addressing Alzheimer's Across the Whole Public Health Agency

CDC released the Best Practices User Guide: Youth Engagement in Tobacco Prevention and Control

Employers are taking a more holistic view of employee health and well-being, find resources on the CDC Workplace Health Resource Center website.
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Many Thanks to
Our Showcase Sponsors
The powerful work of NACDD is often augmented by the invaluable partners that it brings to the table. NACDD's Public Health Showcase is a great example of that. This year’s sponsors added significant value to the work of the association. Our sincerest thanks to: Kognito, University of Florida, Rimidi, The Reis Group, Rocket Camp, KDHRC, and ProVention Health Foundation.

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION VAPING BAN: The Trump Administration's partial ban on flavored e-cigarettes falls short of earlier signals from the administration that indicated the Department of Health and Human Services would ban all flavors, except tobacco. NACDD put out a statement calling for stronger action by the Food and Drug Administration and a full ban on flavored e-cigarettes. Learn More →
The fiscal year 2020 (FY20) federal funding agreement was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019, and provides funding for the government through Sept. 30, 2020. The funding agreement includes an overall 8.7% increase for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Trump Administration has announced the FY21 budget will be submitted by Feb. 10, 2020. Learn More →  
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The Public Health Road Map to Respond to the Growing Dementia Crisis Read More →

CDC report: Characteristics of a Nationwide Outbreak of E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use–Associated Lung Injury Read More →

CDC report: Characteristics of Persons Who Report Using Only Nicotine-Containing Products Among Interviewed Patients with E-cigarette, or Vaping, Product Use–Associated Lung Injury Read More →

The EVALI and Youth Vaping Epidemics — Implications for Public Health in New England Journal of Medicine Read More →

Heart Disease Strikes Back Across the U.S., Even in Healthy Places Read More →

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