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May hosts National Stroke Awareness Month, American Stroke Month, National High Blood Pressure Education Month and Mother's Day. These observances are widely used to draw attention to health disparities that occur in women, high blood pressure, and stroke.

  • About 70 million American adults (29%) have high blood pressure, or hypertension. That's 1 in every 3 American women and men.
  • About 1 in 3 American women and men also have prehypertension, but there is a good chance many don't know it.
  • Only about half (52%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control, which puts them at an elevated risk for stroke

Please visit NACCHO's Million Hearts webpage for information and resources to educate the public on the importance of reducing high blood pressure and preventing heart attack and stroke in the United States.

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NACCHO's Chronic Disease Prevention Team is working with the goal of engaging and enhancing local health department's ability to expand evidence- and practice-based chronic disease prevention activities in their communities and promote change at the policy, systems, and environmental levels in order to reduce the burden of chronic diseases.  

Chronic Disease Advisory Group

The Healthy Living and Prevention Workgroup, comprised of local health officials and programmatic staff with chronic disease policy and/or built environment expertise, is the advisory group for NACCHO's chronic disease projects. The workgroup (1) helps define NACCHO's chronic disease priorities and policies; (2) provides guidance on how NACCHO can best assist LHDs to address these priorities; and (3) provides guidance on federal/national chronic disease initiatives. Regular communication with the workgroup is essential to informing NACCHO's work and the work of NACCHO's partners.

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NACCHO welcomes requests for chronic disease prevention planning and technical assistance from any local public health department, please send your requests to chronicdisease@naccho.org.

Our current projects include the following:

Resources and News

CDC DNPAO New Interactive Database 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity new Data, Trends and Maps online tool allows you to search for and view indicators related to nutrition, physical activity and obesity. The database includes state-level behavior, policy, and environmental indicators from multiple data sources. Users can display all indicators for one state or all states for one indicator. 

Success Story - Practice-Based Successes in Sodium Reduction in Local Communities

Read a success story from Shawnee County Health Agency (SCHA), which aimed to increase access to lower sodium food options, reduce sodium intake, and continue to build effective evidence- and population-based strategies to reduce sodium consumption at the community level. SCHA worked with different stakeholders to form the Sodium Reduction Leadership Team to promote salt reduction in foods sold in local gas stations and the zoo.


Chronic Disease Publications List 

NACCHO Chronic Disease Team develops innovative publications with strong member involvement to ensure a practice-relevant approach. The Chronic Disease Prevention Publications List is a compilation of the publications related to chronic disease, cancer, diabetes and tobacco prevention. Click here to access the document.


Webinars and Trainings

Webinar - Million Hearts and Sodium: Making Sense of the Science and Translation to Practice

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM ET

Join NACCHO, the American Heart Association (AHA) and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) on the upcoming webinar focusing on the public health rationale for reducing population sodium intake and recent research that has called sodium recommendations into question. The aim is to help health professionals make sense of the sodium science, clarify confusion about guidelines regarding salt and health, and provide state and local examples of successful implementation of sodium reduction guidelines.

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize sodium reduction strategies as one of the Million Hearts® priorities.
  • Describe some of the reasons why research on sodium intake and health outcomes has produced inconsistent results.
  • Identify nationally recommended sodium reduction guidelines. 
  • Discuss practical applications of sodium reduction guidelines at the state and local level. 

Archived Webinar: The Microclinic Solution: Preventing & Managing Chronic Disease through Contagious Health 

How can social networks be tapped to address our nation's high rates of chronic disease? View this archived webinar to learn more about an innovative and evidence-based approach developed by Microclinic International (MCI) to prevent and manage chronic disease at a population-wide scale.

NACCHO partnered with MCI to offer this free and interactive webinar will (1) provide an overview of the Microclinic Model;(2) outline how the corresponding Microclinic Program works in practice and integrates with policy, system and environmental (PSE) interventions;and (3) highlight program impact at several sites, including Appalachian Kentucky. Presenters included MCI leadership, the Cumberland Valley District Health Department Director (Kentucky), and a Whitley County Health Department Facilitator (Kentucky).  

Click here to access the recording and click here to access a PDF of the slides

Archived Webinar - Million Hearts Lessons from the Field: Improving Quality and Accuracy in Blood Pressure Monitoring

This webinar provided an overview of evidenced-based hypertension protocols developed by and used in four local health departments in the United States as one of the key strategies for impacting cardiovascular disease prevention. APHN provides consultation on the role and contribution of the PHN, evidenced based resources as well as case studies of public health nurses impacting cardiovascular disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify factors involved in proper blood pressure measurement in screening for hypertension.
  • State the roles of community/public health nurses in blood pressure measurement.
  • List evidenced-based protocols develop and being used in practice.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of local efforts to implement the Million Hearts initiative in cardiovascular disease prevention.

Click here to view the recording

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