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

How does the “health debt” impact your work?
During NACDD’s sixth annual Program Success Showcase, we took a dive deep into discussions about the cumulative impact of missed preventive care and screenings due to the pandemic. The opening keynote “How Does the Health Debt Impact Your Work? Government Leaders Respond” featured messages from Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Dr. Peter Briss, Medical Director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, followed by a discussion among: NACDD Board President Kristi Pier, NACDD Senior Director of Health Equity Robyn Taylor, and NACDD Director of Policy Liz Ruth, with past NACDD Board President Dr. Susan Kansagra moderating.
Health equity, racial equity, and the health debt are deeply intertwined topics, which was explored further in the closing panel discussions “On the Frontlines of the Backlog: State Health Departments and the Health Debt." Panelists included: Dr. Kristine Andrews, Co-Founder and Senior Director, Ideas to Impact and Visiting Distinguished Fellow, Child Trends; Dr. Jeanne Alongi, Vice President, NACDD Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice; Dr. Karen Hacker, Director, CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; and Glory Song, Epidemiologist, Massachusetts Department of Health; and Marti Macchi, Chief Program Strategy Officer, who moderated.
Kristi Pier also shared her President’s Challenge for 2022, which focuses on building resilience with consideration for the long-term trauma and inequity experienced by disparate groups, populations, and communities. (Watch the recent General Member Webinar on this topic.)
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Watch recordings from the Showcase, with the complete material being added in the coming days.

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How Does the Health Debt Impact Your Work? Government Leaders Respond

On the Frontlines of the Backlog: State Health Departments and the Health Debt

COVID-19 Resilience
Healthy Aging and Physical Activity
Diabetes and Co-Morbid Conditions
Workforce Development
Big Idea Room: Innovation and Partnerships
Advancing Healthy Communities Through Cross-Sector Partnerships
Cancer Prevention and Control and Health Equity

Coming soon:
Anti-Racism/Health Equity
Member Engagement
Heart Disease and Surveillance
Obesity Prevention and Resiliency Promotion

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We redesigned and enhanced our popular What’s Working in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Success Stories Database (, an interactive database and collection of success stories showcasing state and territorial chronic disease prevention and health promotion work. Learn More →

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States Receive SPINE Grants
NACDD is offering $144,275 grants to nine select states as part of its newly established State Partnerships Improving Nutrition Equity (SPINE) program. The SPINE program, which launched Jan. 1, 2022, aims to address food and nutrition security through sustainable and equitable actions that tackle economic and social conditions limiting food and nutrition security across the life span. The program sits within NACDD’s recently launched Center for Advancing Healthy Communities (CAHC).

The nine states selected to receive support are Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Oklahoma. Learn More →
Improving Patient Care Through Standardized Testing
NACDD is collaborating with the CDC’s Clinical Standardization Programs, the Endocrine Society, and the Partnership for the Accurate Testing of Hormones to improve patient care and public health by promoting the use of accurate and reliable laboratory measurements for chronic disease biomarkers in healthcare and research. Recently, a four-part online course was developed to educate endocrinologists on accurate hormone testing, available free of charge as part of the Endocrine Society’s Center for Learning. Learn More →
General Member Webinar
Watch now: Finding a Way Forward: Resilience Across the Socioecological Model. NACDD Board of Directors President Kristi Pier discusses her President’s Challenge. The goal is resilience for public health organizations and the communities we serve, with a focus on actionable steps State and Territorial Health Departments can make across the socioecological model. In addition, NACDD CEO John Robitscher and Chief Program Strategy Officer Marti Macchi presented the State of the Association and discussed the exciting work NACDD is doing in the area of building healthy communities
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NACDD’s Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice has a number of learning opportunities available to Chronic Disease Directors, emerging leaders, and Chronic Disease Units that are coming up this spring. Please visit this listing of opportunities to support you and your teams in workforce development and organizational capacity development. If you have any questions, please email

REGISTER NOW for our February General Member Webinar: Transforming Narratives: Best-Practices & Resources for Designing Inclusive Communications. Feb. 10, 3 p.m. ET. 

NACDD is seeking a Communications Consultant Lead - Diabetes Public Health Program. Learn More →

Innovation Summit & Capitol Caucus. April 12-13 in Washington, DC, or join virtually. Learn More →

The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) Annual Conference. New Orleans, May 17-19. Learn More →

Watch the RWJF Systems for Action webinar COVID’s Impact on Health Equity and Access to Health & Social Services.

Glaucoma Awareness Month
Visit the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) website to find fact sheets, infographics, social media graphics, videos and webinars, and the Talk With Your Doctor About Glaucoma guide, also available in Spanish.

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
In recognition of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the Office of Minority Health Knowledge Center features a collection of articles and documents focusing on disparities in cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination.

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NIH released the report: Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges.

The CDC released new state-level maps showing that more than one in five adults is inactive in all but four states (Colorado, Utah, Washington, and Vermont).

A Consensus Study Report of the National Academies: Ensuring an Effective Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise
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