The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a non-profit Public Health organization committed to serve the chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. jurisdiction. Founded in 1988, NACDD connects more than 6,000 chronic disease practitioners to advocate for preventive policies and programs, encourage knowledge sharing and develop partnerships for health promotion. Since its founding, NACDD has been a national leader in mobilizing efforts to reduce chronic diseases and their associated risk factors through state and community-based prevention strategies.
Even small changes can have an important impact when we make healthy choices the easy choices for everyone, regardless of physical or intellectual limitations. In 2016, through our work with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) and the CDC, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors helped 10 communities in five states to build healthier communities that include and account for the needs of those experiencing disabilities. On behalf of our membership of thousands of chronic disease officials in every U.S. state and territory, we congratulate the Inclusive Fitness Coalition for their important work, and express our full support to our partners, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Lakeshore Foundation, and NCHPAD as we begin this new charge to promote inclusive health. The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors commits to continuing our more than a decade of work advocating for and creating opportunities for all Americans to make the healthy choice the easy choice wherever they live, work, and play.
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“Chronic diseases do discriminate against people with disabilities, and with nearly one in five Americans living with a disability, it is incumbent on public health officials to help ensure that everyone in our communities has the opportunity to lead a healthier, more productive life. As an early adopter of the Inclusive Fitness Coalition, the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is proud to join the new Partnership for Inclusive Health to continue our work supporting all people in every state and territory in the fight against chronic disease.” – John Robitscher, MPH, CEO of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors