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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.

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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:

In the Spotlight

Health LensHealth is influenced by a variety of factors, many of which fall outside the health care delivery sector. These determinants of health include the characteristics of where people live, work, learn, and play. Decision and policy making in areas such as transportation, housing, and education at different levels of government, as well as in the private sector, can have far-reaching impacts on health. There has been increasing dialogue on incorporating a health perspective into policies, programs, and projects outside the health field. The IOM held a workshop to foster cross-sectoral dialogue and to consider the opportunities for and barriers to improving the conditions for health in the course of achieving other sectors' objectives, such as economic development and efficient public transit.

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New Resources

2014: The Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke: Ten-Year Update

In March 2014, the National Forum released the Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke: Ten-Year Update. The Ten-Year Update provides a framework for individuals, organizations, and agencies to collaboratively achieve national goals for preventing heart disease and stroke. With contributions from more than 100 public health leaders, the Ten-Year Update calls for: Striking a better balance in the nation's financial investment in health by prioritizing prevention, transforming our public health agencies into champions of heart health policy and environmental changes, and developing upstream strategies that prevent the root causes of heart disease and stroke.  Click here to access report

New Resource - LHDs: Are You Connecting with Community Hospitals and CHNA

Improving Community Health: Opportunities for Health Departments

The State Innovation Models Initiative (SIM) grant funding and the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) requirement for nonprofit hospitals are two policy changes under the Affordable Care Act that offer new opportunities for public health departments and others to collaborate with health care systems to improve community health. Resources are available to help health agencies get started. Click here for more information

Upcoming Webinars and Trainings

School Health Webinars from Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK)

Action for Healthy Kids has planned another semester of exciting virtual learning opportunities for you! From school breakfast programs and recess before lunch to wellness policy implementation and more, sessions are of no cost and are open to any interested individual or group. All sessions are recorded and available in the AFHK archived area. Click here to view the complete list of AFHK Webinars.