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We often hear from our Members that they are very dedicated to their professional growth and that they also are committed to the expansion and enhancement of their programs. Yet, many of our Members are unsure where they should begin to kickstart their personal and program evolutions.

Today, I’m pleased to share with you two new tools that you can use immediately to begin advancing your public health work: 

•  a Chronic Disease Competencies Assessment Tool (that you can leverage to start and guide discussions with your manager about the skills you need to develop to take your work to the next level); and 

•  an On-Demand Learning series on various leadership competencies (budgeting, facilitation, adaptive leadership, leading through change, and emotional intelligence). 

Both of these resources reflect months of research and exploration into what our Members need to support their personal and program goals. 

Starting on a growth journey can be daunting, but with the right plan and information to guide your first steps, great progress can be achieved. 

For example, when I first joined the Association as executive director in 2005, NACDD only had five staff. At the time, the Association was making the transition from being run by volunteers and a management company to growing into a fully independently functioning organization. We had a few hundred Members and a program portfolio of approximately $3.6 million. 

We knew we needed to change and flex to meet the demands of the changing times around us. We aimed high and established a vision of becoming a “go-to” chronic disease organization, a model for other professional associations to follow. We invested in professional development for our staff and charged our teams with finding and implementing best practices across our administrative and program activities. 

Those early actions and commitments have enabled us to grow while other organizations have come and gone. Today, we have 7,000 Members, a program portfolio of more than $20 million, 21 staff, 48 consulting experts, and we have completed hundreds of projects. 

But our most important measure of success is how well we help you to grow so you can fulfill our shared Mission of expanding health promotion and disease prevention capacity at the state, tribal, and territorial level. 

I’m excited that our Chronic Disease Competencies Assessment Tool and our On-Demand Learning series can help you to start or renew your professional development journey. Take a look, and let me know how they are helping you and your teams. 

I look forward to hearing from you. 
NACDD News and Highlights

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  • New NACDD School Health Resources to Support Student Learning and Health: The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has released several new resources to assist state health and education departments, schools, and partners in supporting student learning and health through the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The resources, which were developed with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are designed to facilitate adoption and strengthen implementation of the WSCC model.
  • Read more updates from our subject matter experts on recent NACDD program achievements in Walkability and Disability Inclusion and School Health.
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  • Chronic Disease Competencies Assessment Tool: NACDD's new tool supports Members in developing, maintaining, and sustaining a capable workforce in public health as it relates to chronic disease prevention and control. Members can use the Chronic Disease Competencies Assessment 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.
  • On-Demand Learning: Members can learn about various leadership competenciesbudgeting, facilitation, adaptive leadership, leading through change, and emotional intelligencethrough NACDD's new on-demand learning platform. 
  • 2019 Chronic Disease Academy Save the Date: The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors has announced the next, invitation-only Chronic Disease Academy will take place on April 9-12, 2019, at the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s Academy will be very special as NACDD and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion will celebrate 30 years of national focus on reducing disease burden and improving health in states, tribes, and territories across the United States.
  • Help NACDD celebrate its 30th anniversary by sending us your historic photos, videos, and scans of documents about your work fighting chronic diseases and promoting health during the past 30 years for inclusion in exhibits, social media, and presentations.
Events NACDD in the News
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"Subjective Cognitive Decline Among Adults Aged ≥45 Years — United States, 2015–2016" Now Available Putting Evidence to Work for Health: How Health Departments Can Encourage Evidence-Based Decision Making 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health Accepting Requests for Proposals
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Learn about the latest developments in research and policy and chronic disease prevention, control, and health promotion.
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Find white papers, webinars, and networking events that can enhance your current work.
  • "Putting Evidence to Work for Health: How Health Departments Can Encourage Evidence-Based Decision Making": Health department staff are charged with developing and implementing programs and policies that keep large populations of people healthy and disease-free. Evidence-based decision making (EBDM) uses the best available research evidence to select, implement, and evaluate these programs and policies. Use of EBDM within health departments enhances the ability of staff to make informed choices and manage resources, which makes it more likely that people will receive effective programs to help prevent or control diseases.
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Look for opportunities for you or your staff's professional development.
  • 1889 Jefferson Center for Population Health Accepting Requests for Proposals (RFPs): The Center seeks community interventions aimed at prevention and/or control of type 2 diabetes. Through a grant, the Center will support the work of a national expert team as they train, consult with, and mentor community partners in Cambria and Somerset Counties to implement and study innovative intervention(s) over a three-year period. Letters of intent are due by Aug. 23, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET. 
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