Print this page Print This Page

Email this page E-Mail This Page

Bookmark and Share

Chronic Disease Prevention

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.

Connect with the Chronic Disease TeamConnect with the Chronic Disease Team

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:

In the Spotlight

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new and updated information on chronic conditions among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. These public data resources are aligned with the Initiative on MCC and its MCC Strategic Framework by helping to provide researchers, policymakers, and others with means for better understanding the burden of chronic conditions among beneficiaries and implications for the health care system. These public data are available from the CMS website and include:

  • Geographic data summarized to national, state, county, and hospital referral regions levels for the years 2008-2012; 
  • Data for examining disparities among specific Medicare populations, such as disabled beneficiaries, dual-eligible beneficiaries, and race/ethnic groups; 
  • Data on prevalence, utilization of select Medicare services, and Medicare spending; Interactive dashboards that provide customizable information about Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions at state, county, and hospital referral regions levels for 2012;and 
  • Chartbooks and maps. 
More »

New Resources

CDPublicationsChronic 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.

New NACCHO Resource: Local Health Departments’ Chronic Disease Prevention Activities: Findings from 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments Study

In 2013, NACCHO surveyed local health departments (LHDs) across the United States to provide a comprehensive picture of LHD structures, workforce, financing, governance, activities, and services. NACCHO published the survey findings in the 2013 National Profile of Local Health Departments (Profile). This research brief highlights the results of the 2013 Profile that are relevant to LHDs’ chronic disease prevention activities. Click here to access the document 

Webinars and Trainings

New Content on Evidence-Based Public Health Available in NACCHO University

NACCHO is pleased to release its new podcast titled, A Public Health with Impact: The Path to What Works. The podcast features Brandie Adams-Piphus, MPH, NACCHO Senior Program Analyst who describes the role of the local health department in advancing evidence-based public health and helpful resources. This podcast is designed to increase local health officials' awareness of their role in using evidence-based public health practice to prevent chronic disease and keep people healthier. View the podcast here.