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Chronic Disease Prevention

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:

In the Spotlight

This success story highlights the Mississippi State Department of Health's Mississippi Delta Cardiovascular Health Examination Survey (Delta CHES) project.  The goals of the project were (1) to measure the prevalence and distribution of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and associated risk factors in the Mississippi Delta region because other studies have shown that regional rates were higher than those in the state;and (2) to assess environmental perceptions and existing policies that support individuals to make healthy choices. The Delta CHES project focused on clinical care, community outreach, and participant surveys.

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Resources and News

Success Story - Practice-Based Successes in Sodium Reduction in Local Communities

Read a success story from Shawnee County Health Agency (SCHA), which aimed to increase access to lower sodium food options, reduce sodium intake, and continue to build effective evidence- and population-based strategies to reduce sodium consumption at the community level. SCHA worked with different stakeholders to form the Sodium Reduction Leadership Team to promote salt reduction in foods sold in local gas stations and the zoo.

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.


Webinars and Trainings

Archived Webinar - Creating Community-Clinical Linkages to Address & Prevent Chronic Disease

Join NACCHO and Summit County Public Health (Summit County, Ohio) on the upcoming webinar highlighting robust referral networks linking primary care providers with public health and community resources that can be an effective model for improving health outcomes and promoting health equity for all populations. During this webinar, Summit County Public Health will describe their experiences working with local and state partners to build bi-directional referral networks between public health and primary care physicians.

Click here to access recording and slides.

Archived Webinar - Million Hearts and Sodium: Making Sense of the Science and Translation to Practice

NACCHO, the American Heart Association (AHA) and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials hosted a webinar focusing on the public health rationale for reducing population sodium intake and recent research that has called sodium recommendations into question. The aim was to help health professionals make sense of the sodium science, clarify confusion about guidelines regarding salt and health, and provide state and local examples of successful implementation of sodium reduction guidelines.

Click here to access recording and slides.

Archived Webinar - Million Hearts Lessons from the Field: Improving Quality and Accuracy in Blood Pressure Monitoring

This webinar provided an overview of evidenced-based hypertension protocols developed by and used in four local health departments in the United States as one of the key strategies for impacting cardiovascular disease prevention. APHN provides consultation on the role and contribution of the PHN, evidenced based resources as well as case studies of public health nurses impacting cardiovascular disease.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify factors involved in proper blood pressure measurement in screening for hypertension.
  • State the roles of community/public health nurses in blood pressure measurement.
  • List evidenced-based protocols develop and being used in practice.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of local efforts to implement the Million Hearts initiative in cardiovascular disease prevention.

Click here to view the recording