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Chronic Disease Prevention

In the Spotlight

NACCHO has a new platform for sharing your successes, innovations, and challenges. NACCHO's new Stories from the Field website provides a means for local health departments to share their experiences and demonstrate the value of public health. 

There is a need for stories focusing on chronic and cardiovascular disease programs in local health departments. Submitting is simple and NACCHO has a variety of resources to help make your story compelling. Submit your story today to inspire other local health department staff, gain recognition, and support advocacy and collaboration among local, state, and federal partners. Share your story at

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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

Our current projects include the following:

Resources and News

CDC Community Health Worker Toolkit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled evidence-based research that supports the effectiveness of community health workers (CHWs) in the Community Health Worker Toolkit. The toolkit also includes information that state health departments can use to train and further build capacity for CHWs in their communities, as well as helpful resources that CHWs can use within their communities. Click here to access toolkit


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

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