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Chronic Disease Prevention

In the Spotlight

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) recently released updated recommendations for reporting chronic disease surveillance data, known as the Chronic Disease Indicators (CDI). The new recommendations include 18 topic groups which comprise 124 indicators. The revisions to the indicators are described in the January 9, 2015 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Recommendation and Report. The CDI website was also updated to serve as an integrated data source for comprehensive access to a wide range of key indicators for the surveillance of chronic diseases, conditions, and risk factors. The website provides an online tool for users to compare data on the prevalence of chronic diseases in 40 large metropolitan areas, as well as at state and national levels. More »

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:

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

NACCHO Webinar - Implementing Health in All Policies at the Local Level: Experiences from Local Health Departments

Many communities face a variety of complex issues that significantly impact health, which are often driven by multiple factors outside the public health or healthcare sectors. Health in All Policies (HiAP) offers an approach that seeks to address complex challenges and improve the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making processes and emphasizing the need to collaborate across sectors to achieve common goals and innovatively tackle problems. 

The webinar showcased the implementation of HiAP in three U.S. cities - Houston, Baltimore City, and San Diego - and aimed to discuss:

  • How local health departments and their partners are implementing HiAP approaches in their communities
  • Successful strategies and tactics to implement HiAP

Lessons learned and pearls of wisdom from their experiences engaging in this work to improve the health of communities using a multiple determinants of health framework

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.

Resources and News

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.