June 2015
NACDD is the only organization representing all state and jurisdictional chronic disease staff, dedicated to building capacity and making public health good for the public.
Message from the CEO
June is National Men’s Health Month and as a man, who cares about his health, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to highlight the necessity for men to renew their resolve to end the preventable diseases that can beset us.  Prostate and colon cancer screenings now come in a variety of ’styles’ and so I encourage you to ask your doctor about which one is best for you.  Getting your annual physical along with testing your blood and lipids should be as routine as getting an oil change for your car.  Rumor has it that men take better care of their car, than their own bodies and that can’t continue.  Gone are the days of men who disregard sunscreen, hats or exercise.  Gone are the days of men who sit on the couch for the entire game.  Today, ‘real men’ read labels, eat salad and take walks after work.  I support the work of NACDD, its funders and its partners including the National Kidney Foundation, the American Medical Association, the CDC, the ADA, American Cancer Society and the many organizations that help men address arthritis, obesity and cardiovascular disease.  Lastly, I encourage men to reach out to their fellow man and hold them accountable to having their necessary tests done this year.  Have the conversation with your father, your son, your colleague or your neighbor.  It is truly a matter of life and death. 

John Robitscher, CEO
In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News

Partner Updates/News  
Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar


Career Center

NACDD Project Updates & News
New NACDD Case Studies Featuring State Health Department Leadership in Addressing Chronic Conditions in Schools

NACDD has released a new resource, “State Health Department Leadership in Addressing Chronic Conditions in Schools: Case Studies from Massachusetts and Missouri,” that highlights how state health departments in partnership with schools and other stakeholders can lead the way in the management of students with chronic health conditions to improve health and education outcomes. Read more.
A National Public Health Agenda for Lupus: Results of the Two-Day Planning Conference

In March 2015, NACDD and the Lupus Foundation of America convened over 50 experts in public heath and lupus for a one and one-half day conference to develop recommendations for A National Public Health Agenda for Lupus. Read more.

2015 NACDD Health Equity Assessment

The 2015 Health Equity Assessment is designed to determine which current funding opportunities require state chronic disease programs to explicitly address health equity. The data will be analyzed, compiled and disseminated back to all participants.   
The assessment should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is central to advancing the objectives of health equity. If you have any questions about the survey, contact Tiffany Pertillar, at: or 301-350-5202. Click here to begin the survey
 Share your Success Stories in the What’s Working database Today!

Every month, beginning this month, we’re highlighting success stories in this Impact Brief and on the What’s Working home page. Submit a success story by clicking here.
NACDD Provides Opportunity Grants to Address Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

NACDD recently awarded six opportunity grants to advance implementation of selected action items from The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013 - 2018. Read more.
The Million Hearts Collaboration, including NACDD, has put together a number of resources for states to use to support the heart health of men during the month of June. Read more.
One of the nation’s most influential public health leaders, David Hoffman of the New York State Department of Health, received the Outstanding Community Advocate award from the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York at an event headlined by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Hoffman was recognized for his significant contribution in the fight to cure Alzheimer’s Disease.  Earlier this year, he helped New York set aside $50 million in funding over the next two years.  It is the single largest amount committed to Alzheimer's patients and their families by any state. Read more.
ACA Reference Guide for the month of June

This Guide includes resources on state health systems performance from the Commonwealth fund, which could be particularly helpful for grantees as they continue to work on health systems change activities. Read more.
NACDD’s intern, Asmaa Shaikh, successfully completed her four-month internship with NACDD and will graduate in August. NACDD works with various Schools of Public Health and other universities to help provide hands on exposure to public health and health care careers. Asmaa’s strong work ethic and strong organizational skills made her a true asset, as she assisted NACDD with its State Pages Project, researching the work of states and territories to help NACDD showcase each state’s activities. She also developed a funding database of private and public funders.  If your state has need for a highly qualified MPH student with health education and clinical research experience, you can view her resume here. Please contact Asmaa at:
Partner Updates & News
2015 Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC)

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors  is a partner of the 2015 Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC). The 10th Annual CMHC is set to take place in Boston from October 21 – 24, 2015. View the CMHC Program Agenda for a complete list of sessions included with your registration. Participants can earn up to 27.5 CME/CE credits by attending this event!  
The CMHC organizers have provided a special discounted registration fee (save $100!) for healthcare professionals within National Association of Chronic Disease Directors network. 
Read more.
News from New York City about Sodium
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene asked the city’s Board of Health to place on restaurant menus a warning symbol – a salt shaker – next to any single dish with 2,300 milligrams of sodium – the amount of salt any of us should consume on a daily basis. Read more.
National Recreation and Parks Association Release Toolkit to Promote 30th Anniversary of Park & Recreation Month 
July 2015 marks 30 years of Park and Recreation Month and the enduring importance of parks and recreation for the world. This July, NRPA wants to celebrate the past, present and future of parks and rec! This toolkit is where you can find the materials you need to celebrate Park and Recreation Month at your agency. Read more.
CSPI Report Highlights Cost Savings to States from Sodium Reduction
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) recently released the report “Reducing Sodium: A Look at State Savings in Health Care Costs”, which highlights that population level sodium reduction strategies are key to not only preventing chronic disease, but also reducing health care costs. Read more.
Job Opportunity!
University of South Florida – Associate/Full Professor and Director of the Florida Prevention Research Center
Coming Up...

The Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar is a joint effort by the CDC and NACDD to provide a comprehensive overview of upcoming events, webinars, meetings, and professional development opportunities for chronic disease professionals.
Click here to see what's coming up!

Link to a recent survey lost & buried in your inbox? No problem! NACDD now houses all links, survey descriptions, etc. in our new Survey Library!
Click here.
Double Feature: Prevention Approaches to ACA Insurance Coverage AND The Changing Landscape for CHWs

June 25, 2015 @ 3:00 pm ET
Topic 1: Insurance Coverage under the Affordable Care Act: A prevention-focused Approach 
Topic 2: Integrating Community Health Workers in the Changing Health System
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