Chronic Disease Learning Communities

NACCHO supports different learning communities to support local health departments in peer exchange and implementation of evidence-based practice in chronic disease prevention. Learning communities currently offered are described below.

Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NACCHO coordinates a community of practice for local health departments that serve the 50 largest, urban jurisdictions in the country. The community of practice allows participants to learn about and share policy strategies to prevent chronic disease.

Member Interviews

In 2018, the Big Cities Chronic Disease Prevention Community of Practice (BC-CoP) decided to help communicate about member successes in tobacco control and prevention. These three brief videos were created to help highlight some of the projects.

Community Health

Smoke-free Multi-unit Public Housing Policy in Philadelphia

Meet Ryan Coffman, Tobacco Policy and Control Program Manager at Philadelphia Department of Health.

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Smoke-free Multi-unit Public Housing Policy in Philadelphia

Community Health

Using Youth Inspectors for Tobacco Control and Prevention

Meet Amy Wilson, Americorp VISTA, Tobacco Prevention & Control Multnomah County Health Department.

Community Health

Using Youth Inspectors for Tobacco Control and Prevention

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Preventing Illegal Tobacco Sales with Local Retail Licensing

Meet Kari McFarlan, Supervisor Tobacco Prevention and Control at Multnomah County Health Department.

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Preventing Illegal Tobacco Sales with Local Retail Licensing

Conference Calls

Conference calls for the group focus on active living, healthy food access, sugar-sweetened beverages, and tobacco control. Recordings from recent conference calls are available through the following links:

Publications

  • Chronic Disease Management: The Role of Local Health Departments in Reducing Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption (PDF)
  • Issue Brief: The Role of Local Health Departments in Promoting Healthy Beverages: Increasing Beverage Options in Hospitals (PDF)
  • Issue Brief: The Role of Local Health Departments in Promoting Healthy Beverages: Changing Procurement Standards to Increase Access to Healthier Beverages (PDF)
  • Local Health Departments Can Teach Each Other How to Collaborate and Implement Policy to Prevent Chronic Disease (PowerPoint)
  • Fact Sheet: Sustaining Healthy Food Retail Initiatives (PDF)

Success Stories

NACCHO coordinates a community of practice to support the local partners funded by states under CDC’s State and Local Public Health Actions to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease and Stroke Program (DP14-1422) to develop and sustain programs or collaborations with partners to implement the National Diabetes Prevention Program for populations at high risk for developing diabetes.

Members of the group can access information on our Virtual Communities page. If you are interested in joining, please contact sweiss@naccho.org.

Municipalities (county and city-level public health agencies) will engage in a forum to share effective best-practices in local cardiovascular disease prevention, primary care integration, stakeholder engagement, and community awareness.

Call schedules and topics will be announced.