Register by May 13, 2022. Registration will close at 5 p.m. ET, or when all available slots are filled.
Don't miss this opportunity!
  • Are you interested in gaining a better understanding of how you can use data to help achieve health equity?

  • Do you want to connect with other states on this topic? 

  • Would you like to participate in an exciting professional development opportunity for every level of public health practitioner?

NACDD is opening registration for GEAR Groups in June and July. Focusing on: Using Data to Promote Equity in Policy and Programming
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Using Data to Promote Equity in Policy and Programming

The ways in which data are collected and presented often drive the programmatic priorities and policies developed by state health departments. When it comes to how resources are allocated, screenings are made available, and prevention programming is distributed, chronic disease practitioners have a unique opportunity to address and eliminate unintentional bias in the collection and utilization of data that might favor resource rich communities over those that have been historically disenfranchised. This GEAR Group will explore how unintentional bias may show up in state health policy and programming and strategies to address, avoid, and prevent it. Case presentations or proposals may explore effective or promising practices that enable state health departments and chronic disease units to take a more equitable path in how data drive policy and programming.

Members are asked to participate in ALL FOUR meeting times for the month they select. All meetings take place at 3:00 - 4:30 pm ET on Tuesdays. 

June Session:
  • June   7, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET 
  • June 14, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
  • June 21, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
  • June 28, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
July Session:
  • July   5, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET 
  • July 12, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
  • July 19, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
  • July 26, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET

Please note that by submitting your registration, you commit to attending all four sessions if accepted. Because openings are limited, registration does not guarantee acceptance. You will receive a confirmation email to inform you of your admission. Registration will be open until 5 p.m ET on May 13, or until all openings are filled, whichever is sooner.
How You'll Participate

As a GEAR Group member, you will be asked to prepare and present a 5-minute case presentation—this can pertain to something that your state is working on already or something under consideration related to the GEAR Group topic. It offers an opportunity to gather wisdom, feedback, and guidance from peers and a subject matter expert on current or planned efforts. 
GEAR Groups are powered by peer-to-peer support; therefore members are asked to participate in all four meetings. 

Participation in each GEAR Group session is limited to10 states. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. You will be asked to share the following as part of registration:

  1. Name, contact information, state, position title, and short bio
  2. Availability and commitment to participation (Members are asked to participate in ALL FOUR meeting times.)
  3. Case presentation topic and short description – 3-5 sentences. (You will be asked to complete the official case presentation form once the registration window is closed)
  4. Optional: Information about an additional participant from your state
Please visit the NACDD GEAR Group page for more information and to register. Please direct any questions to Sana Hashim, NACDD Public Health Consultant, at
These are not trainings or webinars and will not be recorded.
About the GEAR Groups

Generate, Educate, Activate, Respond (GEAR) Groups are peer-to-peer, case-based, action learning opportunities for state chronic disease practitioners. They are offered periodically and designed to catalyze planning for longer-term, state-level action. Participants can expand their knowledge of pressing topics, develop leadership skills, and network with other public health professionals at State Health Departments.
GEAR Groups use a virtual “All Teach / All Learn” approach to professional development. Using Zoom, GEAR Groups will engage up to 10 states with a facilitator and strategist to explore emerging or long-standing chronic disease prevention and control topics. GEAR Groups meet four times,  once each week for 90 minutes. Meetings are facilitated conversations among participants requiring preparation and active participation. Sessions are not recorded educational webinars.
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