National Implementation and Dissemenation of Chronic Disease Prevention (NIDCDP)
Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes account for 70% of all deaths in the US each year and reductions in quality of life for almost 10% of all Americans. High chronic disease prevalence is more common in populations where environmental conditions and circumstances reinforce unhealthy behaviors, which has contributed to poorer health outcomes in racial/ethnic and low-income communities. Highly prevent- able, chronic diseases can be reduced and prevented through adopting healthy behaviors such as eating nutritious foods. Because risk for chronic disease begins prenatally and in early childhood, there is substantial opportunity to prevent and reduce chronic diseases during these life stages.
Launched in September 2014, National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention is a three-year $28 million initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent and control chronic diseases through population-based strategies at the community level.
Five organizations, including the American Heart Association, American Planning Association, National WIC Association, Society for Public Health Education, and Directors of Health Promotion and Education were awarded cooperative agreements to guide and support 50 selected chapter affiliates and coalitions in building and strengthening community infrastructure to improve health of communities.
Awardees will work with the selected community organizations to increase opportunities for physical activity, expand access to nutritious foods, increase access to quality healthcare, reduce tobacco use and exposure, and improve access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and management opportunities. The collective group’s progress can be followed through the #partnering4health hashtag.