MARCH 2020

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John W. Robitscher, MPH
Chief Executive Officer
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Dear <<First Name>>,

We appreciate and understand there may be a lot going on in your departments in these unprecedented times, and below, we have pulled together some resources we have created and some we have gathered to assist and inform your work.  
As a reminder, NACDD has a 30-year record of effective action to meet the needs of our Members in State and Territorial Health Departments as you work to reduce the burden of chronic diseases. And we stand ready to assist you as your work becomes more important than ever during this crisis that significantly threatens people with chronic diseases.
Please reach out to us if we can be of specific assistance to you and your teams.
NACDD Applauds State Health Departments’ Chronic Disease Units for Critical Work During COVID-19 Response
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DIABETES: NACDD’s Diabetes Technical Assistance and Support Team is partnering with CDC to take a new approach to preventing type 2 diabetes. The Employer Learning Collaborative (ELC) was launched to assist select states in engaging large employers to cover the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program for their employees. Learn More →

NACDD was featured in the news article "Local health nonprofit plans to launch ‘social innovation hub’ in Decatur"
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LEARNING MODULE: With the COVID-19 crisis, the need to work virtually has intensified. NACDD's new learning module, Making Virtual Work Work, addresses common best practices for working remotely if that option is available to you in your State Health Department. The module is accessible by smart phones and tablets.
Chronic Pain, Arthritis, and the Opioid Crisis:
A Public Health Perspective
3 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 26

In NACDD's General Member Webinar, Dr. Chad Helmick, MD, the scientific lead for CDC’s Arthritis Program and Dr. Leigh Callahan, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill, will help us learn how the growing attention to chronic pain can help us address these other public health conditions. Register

Moving Upstream - What Does that Mean?
2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 14
In honor of Minority Health Month in April, the NACDD Health Equity Council will host a webinar featuring Dr. Renée Branch Canady, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Michigan Public Health Institute. Learn More →

Family Environment Instability: How Early Childhood Shapes Social Maladjustments Over Time 
4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 8

This Dibble Institute webinar will feature Elizabeth Karberg, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Child Trends. Register 
CALL FOR COMMENT: The Public Health National Center for Innovations and the de Beaumont Foundation have opened a public comment period on the 10 Essential Public Health Services; the deadline to submit comments is April 2.

NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has created state-based coronary heart disease info cards that can be shared on social media.

The Compendium of Federal Datasets Addressing Health Disparities is a useful resource for exploring data related to socioeconomic factors and social determinants of health.

The Rural Health Research Gateway provides free access to research undertaken by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy-funded Research Centers.

Community Commons has set up an online library of peer-to-peer resource sharing to support those in the field who are responding to the pressing needs of our communities.

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease has posted a list of COVID-19 related esources for high risk groups.

Public Health Institute has compiled a webpage with relevant program work and resources on COVID-19.
CBS has offered to allow State Health Departments to leverage the nationally recognized CBS HealthWatch® news brand to create custom messages about COVID-19 using CBS’ national health correspondents. Media messages can be branded with your logo. Learn More →
The National Center on Health, Physical Activity & Disability curated a playlist of its top exercise from home videos for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions. Download the dissemination toolkit and a shareable graphic.
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GRANT OPPORTUNITY: CDC has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to promote evidence-based asthma strategies and interventions through partnerships and collaborations by using health education and communication strategies, that result in measurable impacts, as outlined in the CDC asthma technical package, EXHALE.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Trust for America's Health is seeking a Director of Policy Development. Learn More →

FREE COURSE: The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is offering the free online course Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention

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E-CIGARETTE LEGISLATION: On Feb. 28, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act (H.R. 2339) by a vote of 213-195. Sponsored by Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), who serves as the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the bill prohibits all flavored tobacco products (including menthol). Additional provisions address non-face-to-face sales, limiting marketing and advertising, and providing additional resources to the Food and Drug Administration. Read More →
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The Healthcare Financial Management Association published a blog post highlighting the potential benefits of addressing the social determinants of health, and posits that there are plenty of examples of programs where these interventions are effective in addressing social risk issues. 

Want To Make The Nation More Prepared To Fight Contagious Diseases? Expand Paid Sick Leave on the Health Affairs blog.

Diagnostic Testing for the Novel Coronavirus, in JAMA, highlights how public health and medical communities should recognize the need to alter policy to fit changing circumstances so these communities can support consistent and compassionate messaging that recognizes both the benefits and limitations of testing.

The HHS Office of Minority Health has resources to inform communities about the COVID-19 pandemic and what measures they can take to safeguard their health and that of their communities.
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