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Big Cities Chronic Disease Community of Practice

The Big Cities Chronic Disease Community of Practice (BC-COP) consists of health officials or senior-level chronic disease programmatic staff from local health departments representing the 50 largest cities and metropolitan areas in the United States. The group's goal is to develop strategies for addressing chronic disease prevention for local health departments serving large populations and to serve as a unified voice in national policy discussions while maintaining communication with communities impacted by proposed policies.

The current priority areas for the Big Cities work group are the following:

  • Improving healthy nutrition standards/guidelines and healthy food access initiatives
  • Reducing consumption of sugar sweetened beverages
  • Create a built environment/healthy community design that supports access to physical activities within communities
  • Policy, systems and environmental change strategies that promote population-based reduction of chronic disease

NACCHO Big Cities Chronic Disease Community of Practice members can share information, access resources and review recent Big Cities priorities. Contact Jennifer Kahn-Marshall for more information.

Upcoming Webinars

Healthy Food Retail Strategies
ChangeLab Solutions is hosting a six-part webinar series that highlights diverse strategies to change the food retail environment in communities. The following are the first three webinars in the series:

New Resources

NACCHO's BC-COP staff have compiled a list of resources to assist local health departments in their work to promote policy, systems and environmental change strategies to reduce the incidence and prevalence of chronic disease in their communities.


Healthy Food Access

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages 

New NACCHO/ASTHO Resource: Archived Webinar Recording on State and Local Experiences with CDC Tips Campaign to Support the Recommendations from the Surgeon General's Report

If you missed the recent webinar co-sponsored by NACCHO and ASTHO, which featured the Acting Surgeon General of the United States, the webinar archive is now available. The webinar included an overview of key recommendations from the Surgeon General's Report, as well as experiences from the state and local levels on opportunities for leveraging the Tips from Former Smokers Campaign to support sustained tobacco prevention and control media efforts. Below are resources related to the webinar: 


Policy and Pricing Tobacco Control Guides

posstrategies_298x193The Center for Public Health Systems Science at Washington University in St. Louis, in partnership with the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, has released a new tobacco control guide: Point-of-Sale Strategies: A Tobacco Control Guide. This guide is the third in a series designed to provide tobacco control partners with practical guidance on selecting and implementing evidence-based tobacco control strategies.

New Resource: National Civic League Releases Special Issue - 25 Years of Healthy Communities: Part 1

To celebrate 25 years of the Healthy Communities movement, the National Civic League is releasing two special issues of the National Civic review. The first issue, now available online, features articles on different policies and strategies to improve the health of communities across the nation. The second issue will be published in April.

Big Cities Chronic Disease Community of Practice Extranet Site

Visit NACCHO's Big Cities Chronic Disease Community of Practice member only external site for call notes, emerging news and other resources. click here