JUNE 2021

This special edition of the CEO Message is brought to you by NACDD’s Racial Equity and Diversity Inclusion (REDI) Alliance:

In the wake of George Floyd’s murder in May 2020 and amid national social demonstrations for racial justice, NACDD released a statement declaring racism a public health crisis.

Since that declaration, NACDD has continued work toward becoming an anti-racist organization. Last summer, a group of NACDD staff and consultants proposed to CEO John W. Robitscher the formation of what has become the organization’s Racial Equity and Diversity Inclusion (REDI) Alliance. The Alliance’s steering committee currently focuses on promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within NACDD’s internal culture and practices. 

As the REDI Alliance and NACDD’s commitment to becoming an anti-racist organization passes the one-year mark, we are reminded that this work only progresses; it never finishes. We continue to urge and commend legislative action to declare racism a public health crisis, celebrate diverse leadership, and to stand against institutional racism and racist violence.
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Advancing Pharmacy-Related Interventions Learning Collaborative
The NACDD CVH Team, along with the CDC Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, hosted a webinar featuring a panel of state participants from the Advancing Pharmacy-Related Interventions to Control Hypertension and Manage Cholesterol Learning Collaborative. Representatives from the Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, and Virginia state teams shared innovative team-based approaches to chronic disease prevention and management through collaborations including schools of pharmacy, state pharmacy associations, community pharmacists, and a state quality improvement organization. Panelists shared their experiences related to the impact of COVID-19 on the initiative, successful strategies, resources, and opportunities for future collaboration. For more information about the learning collaborative, including state spotlights, visit More →

Expanding Opportunities to Enroll Medicaid Beneficiaries into the National DPP
NACDD, through support from CDC, provides technical assistance and funding to State Health Departments and Medicaid agencies to support Medicaid coverage of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program. This work was launched as part of the Medicaid Demonstration Project, and has continued to evolve and expand. The NACDD Coverage 2.0 team is offering new funding and group-based learning opportunities for states to increase enrollment of Medicaid beneficiaries into the program. For more information, please review the RFA for the Medicaid Beneficiary Enrollment Project and contact Jen Barnhart with questions. Learn More →

National DPP Coverage Toolkit
The National DPP Coverage Toolkit helps payers and partners navigate the steps needed to cover the National DPP lifestyle change program through access to detailed information and resources. Three pages have been added recently to support program sustainability:
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NACDD Convenes First Oral Health State Engagement Meeting (Virtually) in North Dakota
NACDD, in collaboration with the North Dakota Department of Health and its partners, convened a virtual State Engagement Meeting (vStEM) on May 6-7, 2021, that more than 60 participants attended. The meeting brought together key partners from across the state to identify strategies for implementation and foster partnerships that will lead to oral health services' increased availability accessibility as well as increased utilization of these services among Medicaid-eligible children and adults. Learn More →

Ending Social Isolation Through Community Change
The Building Resilient Inclusive Communities (BRIC) program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and implemented in more than 60 communities across 20 states, focuses on promoting individual and community resiliency in three major areas: nutrition security, safe physical activity access, and social connectedness. Social connectedness is a relatively new area of focus for these states and communities and for public health, in general. To provide support and training in this area, NACDD partnered with Mental Health America as well as Healthy Places By Design (which recently published a report, “Socially Connected Communities: Solutions for Social Isolation”). Across all 20 states, BRIC teams are working on a variety of strategies to influence social connectedness at the state and local levels. Learn More →

Congratulations, Dr. Wright!
The NACDD Board of Directors would like to congratulate Janet Wright, MD, FACC, on her appointment as Director of CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP)!
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is proud to release the applications for the Association’s 2021 Impact Awards. Each year, Impact Awardees are nominated and selected by their peers in state and territorial chronic disease prevention and health promotion to acknowledge extraordinary achievements in their field. Nominate an NACDD Member now →
Interactive Tools for Cancer and Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics
Use the U.S. Cancer Statistics Data Visualizations tool find the information you need to understand, prevent, and control cancer. U.S. Cancer Statistics now has 2018 data available.

CDC’s Interactive Atlas of Heart Disease and Stroke has the following new elements:  
  • county-level prevalence data for hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol, and smoking;
  • the option to filter county-level maps by urban-rural status and poverty level;
  • updated mortality and hospitalization data; and 
  • new map layouts. 
Opportunity for Local Health Departments: Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map Strategists
Six local health departments or partnering nonprofit hospitals/health systems will receive funding, training, and technical assistance to establish a part-time HBI Road Map Strategist under the new Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Road Map Strategists initiative. The Strategist will translate guidance from the State and Local Public Health Partnerships to Address Dementia: The 2018-2023 Road Map into local action. The Alzheimer’s Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO sponsor the 15-month initiative, which runs from September 2021 through November 2022. Applications are due Monday, Aug. 2Learn More →
  • Also, watch the Alzheimer’s Association and NACCHO’s webinar about innovative approaches that two local health departments employed to address Alzheimer’s and dementia by using the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map.

Research Study
The UAB Institute for Human Rights, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability, and the Lakeshore Foundation are looking to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people with disabilities and chronic conditions. Take the survey.

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A free training and technical assistance on evidence-based workplace health programs is now available to state and local health departments nationwide. Connect to Wellness provides employers with tailored recommendations and intervention support via health department staff trained to work directly with local worksites on healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco cessation, and cancer screening. Additional resources focus on up-to-date materials to support employers with COVID response, including comprehensive vaccine education, and stress reduction. To learn more, please contact

Trust for America’s Health will host a training on caregiving as a public health issue and how public health agencies can support caregivers on Thursday, July 15 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Register in advance

A free course using the research and tools from the Public Health Reaching Across Sectors (PHRASES) initiative explains how to use messaging to build and sustain cross-sector partnerships. The first course, an overview of PHRASES, also is available.

WEBINAR: Summer Travel and COVID-19. In this webinar, Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Mysheika Roberts, health commissioner for Columbus, Ohio, discuss the ways they're communicating about summer safety.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Administration for Community Living is offering a funding opportunity to develop and expand the dementia support capability of tribal home and community-based service systems. Learn More →

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A LOOK AT FEDERAL AND STATE POLICY TRENDS UNDER A NEW ADMINISTRATION: 2021 has brought a new administration as well as new challenges and opportunities for federal and state policymakers. In our recent General Member Webinar, NACDD Board Member and Government Affairs Steering Committee Chair Dr. David Hoffman and NACDD State Policy Analyst Liz Ruth discuss what’s happening in state and federal legislation and policy trends. Watch the webinar →
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Aducanumab Approved for Treatment of Alzheimer’s

The CDC Foundation Public Transportation Action Guide synthesizes lessons learned from a project examining the role of public health in addressing social determinants of health through community-wide interventions.

Prevention Institute and Big Cities Health Coalition developed a framework to help community leaders guide violence prevention policies and practices. View the report, "Community Safety Realized: Public Health Pathways to Preventing Violence."
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