Chronic Disease Resources


In order to help prevent chronic disease throughout the United States, NACCHO has compiled the following resources to help local health departments stay informed on all the most relevant issues in chronic disease prevention. Check back here regularly for new resources and contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

NACCHO provides resources and support to local health departments to implement disease self-management programs at the community level. NACCHO offers an extensive complement of resources regarding guidance for implementation of programs and stories of successful programs.

NACCHO has compiled the following resources to help your local health department prevent chronic disease in your community.

CDC: Consumption of Added Sugars Among U.S. Adults, 2005-2010
CDC: High Sodium Intake for Children Factsheet
CDC: National Action Guide (State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2013)
CDC: Sample Bike/Pedestrian Interventions
Get Healthy Philly: Philadelphia Healthy Chinese Take-out Restaurant Initiative
Network for Public Health Law: Local Health Department Powers and Essential Public Health Services Compared​
Network for Public Health Law: Opportunities for Local Health Departments in the Affordable Care Act
Active Living Research: Do Short Physical Activity Breaks in Classrooms Work?
Active Living Research: Increasing Physical Activity Through Recess
CDC: School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS)
Change Lab Solutions: Dig, Eat, & Be Healthy
Change Lab Solutions: Land Use Policies to Protect and Promote Farmers' Markets
HHS: Physical Activity Guidelines Midcourse Report
IOM: Evaluating Obesity Prevention Efforts: A Plan for Measuring Progress
National Academies Press: Sodium Intake in Populations
Network for Public Health Law: Legal Interventions to Reduce Overdose Mortality in North Carolina
Prevention Institute: The Role of Community Culture in Efforts to Create Healthier, Safer, and More Equitable Places
Public Health Institute: Prevention Means Business Infographic
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Impact of Menu Labeling on Consumer Behavior
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Recommendation for Healthier Beverages
SNAP-Ed Works
Performance Standards for Restaurants A New Approach to Addressing the Obesity Epidemic
The 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Maximizing Active Living Strategies to Advance Health Equity
National Civic League Releases Special Issue - 25 Years of Healthy Communities: Part 1
Walking & Rolling: A Community Comes Together to Make it Safer and Healthier for Children to Get to School
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Resources and Tools on Chronic Conditions
Policy Evidence Assessment Report: Community Health Worker Policy Components
Million Hearts in Municipalities Fact Sheet 2018

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) Division of Population Health/Arthritis Program, has launched a National Support Network for local Health department Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs. This support network will enhance local health departments (LHDs) capacity to deliver effective Stanford model of Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) or Arthritis Self-Management Program, (Spanish - Tomando Control de su Salud) versions. In expanding the availability of the CDSMP to additional local jurisdictions we seek to support the use of evidenced-based programs while enhancing the well-being and self-efficacy of persons with a chronic illness.

The Stanford model of CDSMP©, is a six-week educational workshop for people with chronic conditions (e.g. arthritis, diabetes, lung and heart disease). Evidenced-based, self-management education programs have been proven to significantly help people with chronic diseases. Coupled with clinical care, this program teaches participants how to exercise and eat properly, use medications appropriately, solve everyday problems relative to their medical conditions, and to communicate effectively with family, friends and health care providers. The CDSMP workshops are provided in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries, and hospitals.

NACCHO's National Support Network includes:

  • Local Health Department-CDSMP Community of Practice (LHD-CDSMP-COP)- Peer Network Support
  • NACCHO Chronic Disease Staff Technical Support/Training
  • Webpage and Toolkit for Resources
  • Partnerships and Collaborations in CDSMP

What Is Fidelity?

The Stanford CDSM Program is an evidence-based approach for improving health status, health behaviors, and decreasing inappropriate healthcare utilization among patients with chronic conditions. In order to achieve these outcomes, LHDs implementing CDSMP must ensure program fidelity. Program fidelity refers to the how closely staff and others (i.e. Leaders, Trainers, and evaluators) follow the steps for delivering CDSMP as the developers intended. Program delivery that is not true to the original design decreases the likelihood that you will get the desired outcomes. Poor fidelity can result in a range of unintended effects not only for participants but also for Leaders, Trainers and your organization. Fidelity monitoring should be part of your overall quality assurance plan, and NACCHO encourages LHDs to use the Stanford CDSMP Fidelity manual to ensure fidelity.

Tips for Fidelity

NACCHO recommends LHDs use the following tips to ensure fidelity of their CDSMP delivery efforts:

  • Identify a program team member to oversee and coordinate efforts to ensure fidelity
  • Develop a fidelity plan to strategically plan and allocate resources toward fidelity assurance
  • Review the Stanford CDSMP Fidelity Manual and use the Must Dos list to determine steps for ensuring fidelity
  • Identify resources to support fidelity assurance efforts, e.g. surveys, site visits, etc.

For more information on NACCHO's CDSMP, please email us at: [email protected].

Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO aims to improve the adoption and use of evidence-based approaches to preventive services among Local Health Departments (LHDs) by promoting the use of The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide).

The Goal of The Community Guide

The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide), is a free resource designed to help identify evidence-based programs, practices, and policies to improve health and prevent disease, injury, and disability in the community.

The Community Guide findings and recommendations are based on systematic reviews of scientific literature by reading the Community Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force). The Task Force is an independent, nonfederal, volunteer body, appointed by the Director of the CDC, whose members represent a broad range of research, practice, and policy expertise in community preventive services, public health, health promotion, and disease prevention.

How Can State and Local Health Departments Use the Community Guide

  • Promote dialogue
  • Mobilize communities
  • Develop policies
  • Inform research priorities
  • Educate
  • Evaluate
  • Identify successful programs

Community Guide Resources

NACCHO undertook a process and outcome evaluation to assess the effectiveness of its Framework for Evidence-Based Decision Making and Planning in increasing LHD capacity to incorporate evidence in to their decision-making and planning practices Click here to access report

2013 NACCHO Model Practices-Community Guide Crosswalk - Aligning Practice-Based Initiatives with Evidence

NACCHO's Model Practices-Community Guide Crosswalk: A Resource for Implementing Effective Public Health Strategies, can inform LHDs as they consider ways to address public health concerns with effective strategies. The crosswalk identifies Model Practices implemented by LHDs alongside related recommendations from The Community Guide to enhance practice-based initiatives with evidence, while simultaneously providing examples of ways to translate evidence into practice.

Download the Crosswalk here

Community Guide Success Stories

NACCHO funded 5 local health departments to receive capacity building assistance for implementation of evidence-based recommendations from The Community Guide. These success stories highlight the progress and accomplishments of the LHDs who received this support from NACCHO.

Three Ways The Community Guide Makes the LHD Worker's Job Easier

This screencast series teaches LHDs how to:

  • Use Task Force recommendations from the Community Guide to quickly identify prevention approaches that work
  • Access systematic review findings from the Community Guide to enhance grants
  • Use resources from the Community Guide to promote dialog with multi-sector stakeholders
  • Implement six steps to integrate Community Guide findings into Community Health Improvement Plan

To view the full screencast series.

Promoting Accreditation Through Evidence-Based Public Health Programs

This crosswalk helps local health departments identify evidence-based interventions from The Community Guide whose implementation could help document conformity with PHAB's standards and measures. Click here to download the crosswalk.

Policy Statements Related to the Community Guide

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) supports evidence-based public health practice,* including the following:

  • The use of analytical tools and methods for evaluating evidence to determine the effectiveness and feasibility of population-based interventions.
  • The translation of data to help educate communities and to inform public policy.
  • Where data does not exist, community assessment and research into public health prevention and intervention strategies to determine when and what type of public health action is recommended and evaluation, based on the condition's magnitude, severity, and preventability, of the effectiveness of such action to inform future practice.
  • Broad distribution of newly recommended population-based interventions with evidence of effectiveness.
  • Emerging best practices that the community has found to be legitimate and effective, which often serve as precursors to the development of evidence-based practices.

The Community Guide, through the systematic review of scientific literature, and its evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of existing research evidence for community-based health promotion and disease prevention programs, services, and policies provides LHD with the tools necessary to:

  • Assess the effectiveness of programs, services, and policies;
  • Examine the applicability of these programs, services, and policies to various populations and settings; and,
  • Conduct the appropriate economic and financial analyses of cost and return on investment, to provide a full complement of information to inform decision-making.


Evidence-based practice for public health involves using the best available evidence to make informed public health practice decisions. The foundation for evidence-based public health practice is a combination of multidisciplinary empirical research and evaluation evidence, community beliefs and opinions, accumulated public health practice experience, and other local considerations. Together, these factors determine which programs are most likely to be effective in a given jurisdiction.

Adopted by NACCHO Board of Directors

November 12, 2000

Updated February 2004

Updated September 2007

Updated October 2010


Public Health Service, Task Force on Community Preventive Services. A Guide to Community Preventive Services. Retrieve on October 22, 2010, from

National Association of County and City Health Officials. (2005). Operational Definition of a Functional Local Health Department, Local Health Standard 10. Retrieved on October 22, 2010, from

University of Massachusetts Medical School. About Evidence Based Practice for Public Health. Retrieved on September 5, 2010, from

Anderson, Laurie, et al. (2005). Evidence Based Public Health Policy and Practice: Promises and Limits. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 28(5S): 226-230. * Evidence-based practice is defined as "the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective programs and policies in public health through application of principles of scientific reasoning including systematic uses of data and program planning models" in Brownson, Ross C., Gurney, James G., and Land, Garland H. Evidence-Based Decision Making in Public Health. Journal of Public Health Management Practice. 1999; 5(5): 86-97.

Visit NACCHO's Training and Technical Assistance site for Community Guide Users, click here

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