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John W. Robitscher, MPH
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NACDD has been a proud national partner of Million Hearts® since 2012, supporting efforts to improve outcomes for people with or at risk for cardiovascular diseases, which account for one in every three deaths in the United States. 

This month, American Heart Month, we are excited to help launch the Million Hearts®Hospitals & Health SystemRecognition Program, which acknowledges institutions working to systematically improve the cardiovascular health of the population and the communities they serve. 

NACDD has been working with CDC to develop this program, and we invite our Members to help spread the word to hospitals and health systems in their communities and join us in promoting their commitments and outcomes in cardiovascular health. You can learn more at

In addition to our work with Million Hearts®, our Cardiovascular Health (CVH) team has a robust portfolio that supports evidence-based, population health improvement strategies and capacity-building opportunities. Learn more ways we are helping promote heart health by reading the rest of this message on our Impact Brief blog.

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VISION AND EYE HEALTH: A new toolkit is available to help public health agencies appropriately address vision and eye health as a public health issue as well as build capacity in their efforts. Learn More →

PAN StEM: Hawai’i, Iowa, Vermont, and Wisconsin were selected to receive 2020 Physical Activity and Nutrition State Engagement Model (PAN StEM) technical assistance to activate and sustain multi-sector collaboration addressing physical activity, nutrition, or obesity. Learn More →

PHARMACY LEARNING COLLABORATIVE: Colorado, Georgia, Missouri, Texas, and Virginia for their selection as participants in the Advancing Pharmacy-Related Interventions to Control Hypertension and Manage Cholesterol Learning Collaborative. Learn More →
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NEW STAFF: NACDD celebrates further expansion with new hires in 2020. Learn More →

RETIRING: Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, MPH, Director, Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) will retire from the CDC on March 31, 2020. Dr. Letitia Presley-Cantrell, Chief, Program Development and Services Branch, Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, will serve as Acting Director, OSH.
LISTEN: The podcast series "Socially Determined: Moving to Public Health 3.0" shares practical examples of how Members can engage with non-traditional partners to address how public health can disrupt the economic, racial, social and political injustices and biases that result in some populations' increased risk for chronic illnesses.
RESOURCE: Alaska’s “Play Every Day” campaign offers free and low-cost materials to improve knowledge about what drinks contain added sugar. Related study: Added Sugars Intake among US Infants and Toddlers

RESOURCE: CDC published a guide for parents on improving and maintaining children’s oral health

Transport and Health Performance Metric Guidebook is being developed to provide a user friendly resource for professionals in need of quantitative and qualitative tools to measure the health impacts of a transport infrastructure project at the community level.  Learn More →

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WEBINAR: Watch "How We in State Health Departments can Support Active People, Healthy Nation." Find past NACDD webinars at

ASSESSMENT TOOL: NACDD’s Chronic Disease Competencies Assessment Tool allows Members to identify their current level of proficiency in each of the competency areas. Members can use the tool to: establish a baseline of current skills in a new position; conduct periodic self-assessments to observe change; work with a manager to compare assessments; and develop IDPs to support ongoing progress and advancement.

LEARNING SERIES: These short, self-directed professional leadership and management development opportunities are designed to increase knowledge, comprehension, and application of the concepts and skills identified in the management and leadership domains of the Chronic Disease Competencies. Learn More →
The National Eye Institute’s (NEI) redesigned website is the perfect place to find eye health information and resources — like the new Talk With Your Doctor About Glaucoma Guide. Read NEI's blog post to find out what the new website has to offer. NEI also has helpful resources, such as toolkits that you can use to teach people in your community about topics like:
An American Institute for Cancer Research survey finds gaps in Americans’ knowledge of major cancer risk factors. offers a toolkit for insight and an opportunity for individuals to check-in with their health and cancer risk, especially through the lifestyle survey, which offers real-time guidance on risk factors such as alcohol consumption and obesity. Read More →

To take the Cancer Health Check, visit

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Chronic Disease Prevention: The Key to Improving Life and Healthcare” highlights the critical need to invest in prevention in order to improve quality of life for Americans and reduce healthcare costs.
The white paper’s author, Board Member and Chair of the Government Affairs Committee Dr. David Hoffman, notes that 86 percent of all of the nation’s healthcare costs are related to chronic diseases, many of which are preventable.
“Chronic diseases are one of the most important and direct factors in the high cost of healthcare in the United States, and their prevention can significantly level the playing field so that all Americans can contribute productively to their communities,” said Dr. Hoffman. 
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The National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020, provides the state of diabetes in the US.

New Surgeon General’s report on smoking cessation contains proven treatments and strategies to help people successfully quit smoking.
A study finds strong link between cognitive decline and chronic conditions.

Safe States released its 2019 Annual Report
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