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August 2016 Impact Brief
August 2016
NACDD is the only organization representing all state and jurisdictional chronic disease staff, dedicated to building capacity and making public health good for the public.
As public health practitioners, we work to encourage people to exercise regularly in order to help fight obesity, lower high blood pressure and prevent diabetes.However, getting people to increase their physical activity is often met with resistance.

According to the American Heart Association, 91 percent of children scored poorly on diet measures and many do not get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day.

Today there are countless mobile apps that focus on physical activity.These apps track everything from steps to water, sleep and food. But there is one app that has taken over the physical activity market — completely by accident.

Experts are starting to see a significant increase in physical activity in people of all ages due to Pokemon GO, an augmented reality game. Players are forced to get off of the couch and out of their cars if they want to earn Pokemon points.

Since the game’s release, my 18-year-old son has gone on more runs with me than ever before all in the name of Pokemon. Moreover, while we were on vacation, his motivation to walk through our country’s national parks was rooted in this game.

Nintendo has sent us all a reminder — that our partners in public health may come from highly unlikely places — even the gaming community.While prevention will always be a cornerstone of public health, innovation should be as well.
In this issue...

NACDD Project Updates/News
Resources Career Center

NACDD Survey Library

Coordinated Chronic Disease Calendar

NACDD Project Updates

NACCD Assesses Member Awareness and Usefulness of its Training and Educational Activities

 

A national-level evaluation of practice-based learning, leadership and development activities was developed by NACDD in close collaboration with the Prevention Research Center in St Louis. To assess the current use of evidence-based processes and NACDD support in state health departments around the U.S., an invitation to a 15-minute online survey was sent to people working in state health departments in early 2016. Of the 943 eligible invitees, 571 participated in the survey (a 60.6 percent response rate). Read More...

Funding Provided by CDC

 

Do you ever wonder who has been funded by CDC in your state? Find out with the CDC Grant Funding Profiles site which provides interactive data and summaries of CDC cooperative agreement and grant funding to recipients in U.S. state and territories, and the District of Columbia, starting with fiscal year (FY) 2010. Find out here...

NACDD Synapse 'One Question Pulse-Check'

 

The NACDD Synapse "One Question Pulse-Check" was designed to collect real-time feedback on pressing issues that Chronic Disease and Health Promotion departments are facing today. Read The Poll Results...

Risk for Chronic Conditions Among Caregivers of Seniors

 

NACDD Board Member David Hoffman, MEd, and Howard Zucker, MD, JD, LLM, released a new essay in the public health journal,Preventing Chronic Disease, calls on policy makers, employers and the healthcare system to take action to support caregivers of vulnerable seniors especially those with special needs. Read More...

Coverage of the CDC-Recognized Lifestyle Diabetes Prevention Program is Now Available for 1.4 Million Public Employees in California

 

California is the 11th state to achieve public employee benefit coverage of CDC-recognized Lifestyle Change Programs, part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.NACDD assisted the California Department of Public Health with bringing key partners together to develop and implement strategic actions to prevent type 2 diabetes. Read More...

Applying a Health Equity Lens to School Health: Early Developmental Experiences Can Lead to Lasting Impacts on Health

 

During August and September each year, schools across the country open their doors to usher in another academic year. According to the US Department of Education approximately 50 million students attend public elementary and secondary schools. These students eventually will become adults that may be impacted by chronic diseases. Best practices for promoting health and preventing chronic disease are most effective during childhood and adolescents. Health behaviors and approaches to health developed during these stages of human development can last a lifetime. Read More...

Front Row (left to right): Keaton Hughes (WV), David Olsen (NV), Denise Kall (VT), Alice Musumba (ND), Lara Dalidowitz (St. Louis, MO), Hovi Nguyen (Maricopa County, AZ), Nicole Coton (IN), Thomas Salter (TN) and Timothy Feuser (AL)

Back Row (left to right): Natasha McCoy (NACDD), Dr. Ghazala Perveen (KS), Dr. Ann Pobutsky (HI), Dr. Shumei Yun (MO), Dr. Agricola Odoi (TN), Dr. Hafeez Ur Rehman (TX), Dr. Ge Lin (Kan) (NV), Dr. Ericka Welsh (formerly KS), Dr. Samuel Tchwenko (formerly NC), Dr. Kathy Brown (TN), Dr. Youjie Huang (ret.) and Program Chair/Advisor Khosrow Heidari (SC)

 

NACDD Epidemiology Mentoring Program Concludes Sixth Year of Efforts to Advance Chronic Disease Epidemiology among State, Local and Territorial Health Departments

 

Since 2010, the National Mentorship Program in Applied Chronic Disease Epidemiology has reached 45 newly-hired and junior-level epidemiologists in 29 state, county and territorial health departments. Read More...

Upcoming Events
August 2016 General Member Webinar

Logic Modeling and Update on NACDD Competencies for Chronic Disease Practice

Date: Thursday, August25, 2016

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET


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Partner News

Putting Legal Muscle Behind Healthy Changes in New York City, San Francisco

 

Did you know that in New York City, restaurants must now identify menu items with excess sodium, and in San Francisco, policymakers are moving to require warning labels on ads for sugary drinks? With our help, both cities were able to advance health-promoting policies in the face of big industry opposition.

These cities used our model policies and resources to craft innovative legislation, and asked our team of attorneys for legal support when powerful industries challenged it in court. With help from our partners, we drafted amicus briefs connecting the scientific evidence and the law in order to help these cities take bold action on behalf of consumers. We are honored to work with such tenacious communities, and we invite you to support similar efforts in cities nationwide.

Member Highlight
This month we would like to highlight Shamarial Roberson from Florida's Department of Health. Her rapid response time and open communication in completing the member update is greatly appreciate. Be on the look out for some goodies coming soon in the mail.

Each year NACCD completes our annual "iCount" campaign to ensure we have accurate representation of your State's membership. This update is critical to make sure we communicate with the appropriate members of your team and that your office experiences all the benefits as members.
Resources

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Lead Health Scientist (Civilians only)

 

Position closes on Monday, Aug. 29.The Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) has posted a job vacancy announcement for a Lead Health Scientist.The position will be used to fill the position of Team Leader for DDT’s National Diabetes Prevention Program.The ideal candidate will have experience in diabetes or chronic disease prevention, as well as the ability to collaborate with partners from the public and private sectors, including public and private insurers, employers, non-profits, health care professionals and state and local health departments. The candidate will have the ability to effectively communicate the merits of evidence-based interventions and foster effective participation from a variety of audiences. Read the job description...

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: Lead Health Scientist (Federal employees only)

 

Position closes on Monday, Aug. 29. The Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) has posted a job vacancy announcement for a Lead Health Scientist. The position will be used to fill the position of Team Leader for DDT’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. The ideal candidate will have experience in diabetes or chronic disease prevention, as well as the ability to collaborate with partners from the public and private sectors, including public and private insurers, employers, non-profits, health care professionals and state and local health departments. The candidate will have the ability to effectively communicate the merits of evidence-based interventions and foster effective participation from a variety of audiences. Read the job description...

CAREER OPPORTUNITY: NACDD seeking Medicaid and National Diabetes Prevention Program Project Coordinator

 

This part-time position reports directly to the NACDD Director of Programs and works closely with the Manager of the Developing and Evaluating Effective Models to Obtain Medicaid Coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) through Medicaid Integrated Care Organizations project (Medicaid and National Diabetest Prevention Program project), the project evaluator, project contractors and with the selected states implementing this demonstration project. Read the job description...

State-level Data on Vision and Eye Health Available through CDC's Vision Health Initiative

 

The number of individuals with visual impairment (VI) and blindness is increasing in the United States and around the globe as a result of shifting demographics and aging populations. In the United States alone, it is estimated that more than 2 million people will be blind and more than 16 million will be visually impaired by 2050. Tracking the number and characteristics of individuals with VI and blindness is especially important given the negative effect of these conditions on physical and mental health. Read More...

The Turning Point: NACDD’s Performance Measurement and Evaluation Tool

 

Performance measurement is a cornerstone of continuous quality improvement, and efforts to monitor performance continue to remain a priority within the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). The NACDD’s Performance Measurement Tool is essential to program monitoring and quality improvement efforts and serves as a platform for ongoing evaluation of key programmatic efforts; thus funding should be actively used to improve projects, programs and initiatives within the Association. Data are systematically collected across all funded projects and programs to describe attributes of NACDD to invested stakeholders, document current progress, and foster quality improvement. This tool is an integral part of ongoing NACDD evaluation efforts that seek to understand both the processes that all funded projects and programs undertake as well tracking the resulting outcomes of those efforts so that quality may be continually improved. Read the full abstract...

Zika Virus Microsite Available from CDC

 

CDC has created the Zika Virus Microsite, an easily embeddable collection of Zika virus information about the current outbreak, including prevention, symptoms, treatment, and materials for travelers and pregnant women. This microsite, available in both English and Spanish, is automatically updated in real time as CDC updates existing Zika Virus web pages onwww.cdc.gov/zikaandhttp://espanol.cdc.gov/enes/zika/.With this Zika Virus Microsite, staying current is made easy and maintenance-free.

CSTE Chronic Disease Epidemiologist Orientation Manual

 

The CSTE Chronic Disease Epidemiologist Orientation Manual is a resource for applied epidemiologists at all levels and at all stages of their career. There is something for everyone to learn or refresh, covering topics from understanding the job to data governance, evidence-based public health approaches, and even example SAS code. This presentation will provide an overview of the content, give detail on some highlights, and allow time for questions and feedback for improving the manual.

Namvar Zohoori, MD, MPH, PhD (AR)
President

Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHS (CT)
President-Elect

Jill Myers Geadelmann, RN (IA)
Past-President

Debra Wigand (ME)
Secretary

Tomas Aguilar (PA)
Treasurer
Judith Gabriele, MPH (NM)

Whitney Hammond, BSW, MSW (NH)

David Hoffman, MEd, CCE (NY)

Gabriel Kaplan, PhD, MPA, URP (CO)

Jon Lowry, MPH (OK)

Monica Morales, MPA (NV)

CynthiaMusial (WI)

Caroline Peck (CA)

Jean O'Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH (GA)

Kathy Rocco, MPH , RD (VA)

Khosrow Heidari, MA, MS, MS (SC)
(Ex-Officio Director)
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