Community Coalitions Awarded Supplemental Funds to Implement Action Guides to Improve Health

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), in partnership with YMCA of the USA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has released $150,000 in supplemental funds to communities in New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Texas to promote actions and advancements around physical activity, nutrition and tobacco use and improve systems of care that provide services to people with chronic diseases.

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), in partnership with YMCA of the USA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has released $150,000 in supplemental funds to communities in New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Texas to promote actions and advancements around physical activity, nutrition and tobacco use and improve systems of care that provide services to people with chronic diseases.

The funding was made available through ACHIEVE, a joint national and local initiative by NACDD and YMCA of the USA, with support from the CDC, that works to advance leadership and action to reduce chronic diseases and related risk factors. The communities were chosen from among ten Community Health Action Response Teams, or CHARTs, that ACHIEVE selected in 2008 to address health concerns in their local communities.

Funds for the three communities were made available to implement three of the five Action Guides highlighted in The Community Health Promotion Handbook: Action Guides to Improve Community Health (2008). This handbook was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Partnership for Prevention and is a comprehensive evidence-based tool to guide public health practitioners and others interested in promoting health through implementation of effective community-level health promotion practices.

The three selected ACHIEVE communities selected to implement these Action Guides are:

  • Albuquerque, NM - Community Trail Development and Promotion
  • Allentown, PA - School-Based Physical Education
  • Harris County, TX - Tobacco-Use Treatment in Healthcare Delivery Systems

The Action Guides are based on recommendations from The Guide to Community Preventive Services (Community Guide); they provide suggested resource needs, evaluation questions, tips for overcoming obstacles and links to additional resources to help with planning and implementation.

This funding of three communities is supplemental to the original ten ACHIEVE grants that were awarded in 2008 to communities across the nation. The three selected communities demonstrated a high level of readiness in their Community Action Plan (CAP) to implement community-level health promotion practices

"Without proper attention, untreated or mismanaged chronic conditions can take away our ability to work productively, learn effectively, and live comfortably," said John Robitscher, NACDD Executive Director. "By supporting environmental change at a local level, ACHIEVE and its CHART members are working to make a difference in the lives of citizens - and their families -- who deserve a better quality of life through a healthier community."

For more information on the ACHIEVE Initiative, visit http://www.achievecommunities.org.

About the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD)
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a national public health association for chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. territory. The NACDD works to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on the American population by advocating for preventative policies and programs, encouraging sharing of knowledge and developing partnerships for health promotion. (http://www.chronicdisease.org).

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