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.
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.
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:
- Regulating hookah lounges and vaping bars
- Sustaining healthy food retail initiatives
- 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)
The BC-CoP is comprised of chronic disease program staff from local health departments representing the 50 largest cities and metropolitan areas in the United States. Read some of the successful stories from within this community below.
- Chronic Disease Prevention Success Stories from Big Cities, 2013-2014
- Boston Makes Health Food the Easy Choice for SNAP Recipients
- Delaware Uses Vending Machines to Reduce Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
- Minneapolis Limits Youth Exposure to Flavored Tobacco
- Cleveland Leverages Funds Partnerships to Fight Tobacco Use
- How Maricopa County Blazed a Train for Active Living and Transportation
- San Francisco's Legacy of Leadership in Decreasing Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.