236848 Addressing the Chronic Disease Epidemic: Introduction to CDC's Healthy Communities Program

Sunday, October 30, 2011: 8:00 AM

Shannon Griffin-Blake, PhD , Division of Adult and Community Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
The purpose of this presentation is to provide a call to action to build healthier communities through the utilization of policy, systems, and environmental change strategies. It will provide a foundation for the presentations that follow as well as background for understanding 1) the chronic disease epidemic impacting the US; and 2) how CDC's Healthy Communities Program has tried to support and mobilize communities to address chronic disease prevention and health promotion through population-based approaches.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain how social, economic, and physical infrastructures in the US have impacted prevalence of chronic diseases and related risk factors. Describe ways that the CDCís Healthy Communities Program is working with communities to address chronic disease prevention and health promotion.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as the Team Lead for Program Services and Evaluation within the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís (CDC) Healthy Communities Program. I both coordinate and direct community-based as well as US state and territory efforts focused on creating healthy communities through sustainable, innovative, and evidence-based community health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs that promote policy, systems, and environmental changes and lead the national evaluation strategy across all CDCís Healthy Communities Program funded communities, states, and national partners. In her current CDC role as a lead health scientist, I oversee programmatic and evaluation efforts in the areas of diabetes, obesity, asthma, cardiovascular disease and their underlying risk factors in high-risk populations and underserved communities. Finally, I have spoken at both national and international conferences regarding community mobilization, partnership development, assessment and evaluation, and community planning.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.