TOP OF THE NEWS
Atlanta Welcomes the Chronic Disease Directors: It’s official – the new CDD office in
Atlanta is up and running! The new phone number is 770-458-7400; all staff can be reached at
this number. The new fax number is 770-458-7401. The new mailing/shipping address is:
Chronic Disease Directors, 2872 Woodcock Blvd., Suite 220, Atlanta, GA 30341. Please direct
all communications to the new office.
President’s Message: As a new year begins, the Chronic Disease Director's Association is well-
positioned to provide leadership in chronic disease prevention and control to our members and
national partners. The new location in Atlanta, new management with McKing Consulting and
new professional staff and consultants are a winning combination in providing leadership and
support for collaboration, information-sharing, professional growth, advocacy, capacity-building,
and program development.
All Voting Members, I am asking your attendance at an important call this month: January 16,
2005, at 2:00 PM, Call to amend CDD Articles of Incorporation. This call is to discuss and vote
on necessary changes to the Association's Articles of Incorporation. The Articles of
Incorporation are the primary legal document of a nonprofit corporation, such as CDD, and serve
as a nonprofit corporation's constitution. Articles of incorporation should contain basic
information required by state law and the Internal Revenue Code dealing with Section 501(c)(3)
organizations. CDD's present Articles, however, contain provisions that are both unnecessary
The proposed amendments to the Articles of Incorporation are designed to (1) provide flexibility
for the future re-structuring of CDD, (2) remain in compliance with the Internal Revenue Code
and District of Columbia law and (3) remove unnecessary restrictions that prevent future bylaws
CDD's Voting Members must vote to approve the amendments to the Articles of Incorporation.
This approval must take place prior to any consideration of changes in the CDD bylaws, and a
vote to amend the bylaws is planned for the CDD Annual Business Meeting on February 28,
2005. Proposed changes to the bylaws are being finalized and will be provided to Voting
Members in advance of the meeting.
Thank you for all of you support as we continue to move forward in building a stronger, more
effective association. I wish you a healthy and prosperous new year.
Julie A. Harvill, M.P.A., M.P.H., President.
Executive Director’s Message: Your new CDD offices opened for business January 3rd and we
are now located within walking distance of every CDC chronic disease program. The office
hours are 8:30am – 5:00pm (EST) Monday through Friday.
We have hired two Program Assistants, Carma Davis (email@example.com) and Jerrica
Mathis (firstname.lastname@example.org) to serve as our day-to-day support staff. We also have
Chuck Gollmar (email@example.com), a CDC assignee on part-time detail from the
Division of Adolescent and School Health. And Maggie Ritsick (firstname.lastname@example.org) of
McKing Consulting is serving as our transition director and office manager until all our own
staff have been hired. We will be filling two remaining positions, Director of Operations and
Public Health Program Manager by the end of January.
I know many of you from my former role as Director of CDC’s Division of Adult and
Community Health and look forward to serving as your interim Executive Director until a
permanent Executive Director has been hired. I hope all of you can stop by our new offices and
meet our staff the next time you are in Atlanta. Meanwhile, I can be reached at the main
telephone number for CDD or via email at email@example.com.
If you have any questions or need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Gary Hogelin, Interim Executive Director
CDD Welcomes New Consultants: CDD has added seven new program consultants for FY04-
05. Sandra Adams (Mandan, ND) is project coordinator for the Project Officer of the Future;
email firstname.lastname@example.org . Margaret Casey (Hoosick Falls NY) is project coordinator
for the CVH Council; email email@example.com. Amy Greene (Washington, DC) is
sharing the job of project coordinator for the School Health Council and works part time on the
State Success Stories project; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ruth Palombo ((Boston MA) is
project coordinator for the End of Life Project; email email@example.com. Peggy Yen
is Project Coordinator and Team Lead for the State Success Stories Project; email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Other State Success Stories team members include Ellen Jones,
Maribeth Doran (Mentor OH); email email@example.com, and Snip Young (Golden CO);
email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete listing of all CDD consultants, visit the CDD
OTHER NEWS FROM CDD
Chronic Disease Champion for January: Barbara A. Larsen, MPH, RD, is our Chronic
Disease Champion for January 2005. Barbara is a CDD associate member and our ace diabetes
program consultant – she provides support to the Diabetes Council and is project coordinator our
Diabetes Primary Prevention Project. She does this work with great skill, but what makes her so
special is her willingness to help whenever and however needed. She volunteered to assist with
implementing a new CDD initiative – funded by Prevent Blindness America - exploring the role
of public health in blindness prevention. She’s led an effort to develop a collaborative project
between Astrazeneca and the Diabetes Council. We’re pleased to have this opportunity to
recognize her efforts – thanks, Barbara, and congratulations!
Chronic Conference Update: Over 300 people have already registered for the 19th annual
conference – don’t forget that the early registration deadline is January 31, 2005. A great way to
get involved in making the conference a success is to serve as a session moderator. If you are
interested, go to http://www.psava.com/chronic2005/main.asp and register.
In keeping with the conference theme (Health Disparities – Progress, Challenges, and
Opportunities), 217 abstracts were accepted for presentation – 115 for oral presentation and 102
as posters. A special thanks to Karen Petersmarck and Bill Baldyga for chairing a three-tiered
abstract review process and to the 200 individuals stepped forward to be reviewers. For more
information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/conference/index.htm .
Comp Cancer Interest Group Invites You: The next quarterly call of the Comprehensive
Cancer Interest Group (CCIG) will be Wednesday, February 2 at 3pm EST. Members of the
CCIG include persons who work in state health department programs such as comprehensive
cancer, breast and cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, tobacco control, and cancer registries. All
are welcome to participate on the calls. Toll-free number is 888-713-9142; pass code: 10185.
Evidence-Based Chronic Disease Prevention Course: CDD’s acclaimed training program,
developed in collaboration with CDC and the Saint Louis University Prevention Research
Center, will be offered March 8-11, 2005, in St. Louis. There is no cost to participants; CDD has
funding to cover travel expenses for 20 people. Applications are due by January 31, 2005 and
must be approved by the state’s Voting Member. On-line registration is available at
IMPACT Your programs have an impact on chronic disease every day, but……do
stakeholders, policymakers, and citizens in your state know it? CDD is committed to promoting
the important work states are doing to reduce death and disability from chronic disease. We are
launching a critical effort to find and publish stories from every state to show the impact of
chronic disease programs. Both CDD and CDC will use your stories to educate policy-makers
and legislators, and we’ll publish them on the web, in print, and possibly in a professional
journal. You provide the program information; we’ll write and edit for consistency in
presentation, giving you final approval. For more information or to offer your state’s stories,
contact: Peggy Yen, CDD Program Consultant, at 410-323-1405 or email@example.com .
SENIOR Grants Awarded: CDD, in collaboration with the National Association of State Units
on Aging, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and the Administration on Aging,
has selected 8 states to be awarded the 2005 State-based Examples of Network Innovation,
Opportunity, and Replication (SENIOR) Grants. These grants support implementation of
evidence-based health promotion/disease prevention projects for older adults at the state and/or
local level. Congratulations to Arizona, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan,
New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Utah. For more information,
contact Jeanne Alongi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington Report: The 109th Congress will convene for the first time in January 2005. Key
sub-committees (Appropriations and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) in both the Senate
and the House will have new chairs and some new members. The109th Congress presents new
opportunities to educate members and staff in old and new positions, to the important work done
through state-based chronic disease programs. Start now to plan a visit or event when your
Members are at home during recess; recess dates for 2005 include February 21-25; March 21-
April 1; May 2-6; May 30–June 3; July 4-8; and August 1–September 5). Watch for e-mail alerts
and web page updates when we have confirmation of the President's Budget for the next fiscal
year. For additional information, contact Dave Hoffman at email@example.com.
NEWS FROM CDC AND OTHER PARTNERS
APHA Call for Abstracts: The American Public Health Association (APHA) is accepting
abstracts for its next annual meeting, November 5-9, 2005, in New Orleans. Abstracts will be
accepted until February 8, 2005. Abstracts must be submitted online through the abstract
submission form found at http://www.apha.org/meetings .
Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Policy Academy: The National Governors’
Association, in conjunction with CDC, ASTHO, and the National Conference of State
Legislatures, convened it annual policy academy December1-3 in New Orleans. This three-day
workshop provided in depth consultation with health experts to provide state teams with best
practices for developing customized strategies for chronic disease prevention and management.
Participating states included Alaska, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and
Vermont. For more information, contact Kathleen Nolan at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Grants for Oral Health in Older Adults: The American Dental Association, the American
Dental Association Foundation and GlaxoSmithKline will fund four or more pilot programs that
address the oral health needs of the older adult population. Proposals are due January 31, 2005.
Log on to www.adafoundation.org to download the RFP or view eligibility criteria, grant award
criteria and more information.
Grants for Cancer Survivorship Initiatives: The Lance Armstrong Foundation is accepting
applications for funding for community-based projects serving the needs of cancer survivors.
The Request for Proposals (RFP), guidelines and procedures are available on the Foundation’s
website, www.laf.org in the Public Health section of the site. The deadline for Letters of Intent
is February 15, 2005; full proposals due April 5, 2005.
Better Results through Communication: DHHS maintains a nice website about usable, useful
and accessible websites. Go to www.usability.gov for help in designing website, software
applications, mobile technology and other user-operated communication devices.
Prevention Institute Tools to Support Prevention: In addition to providing training,
technical assistance, research, and evaluation services, the Prevention Institute develops tools
and other materials to support the crafting, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive
prevention initiatives and effective coalitions. All of their tools, which include The Spectrum of
Prevention, Developing Effective Coalitions: An Eight Step Guide, and Evolution to Effective
Prevention, can be accessed free of charge at: http://www.preventioninstitute.org/tools.html.
MEETINGS CALENDAR (If you have events to add to this calendar, please send information
CDD General Member Call / January 27, 2005 / Toll-free Number 800-857-2195; pass code
95962 / Topic: Collaboration: State Health Departments and Prevention Research Centers /
Speakers: Jean Chabut (MI DOH), Susan Morrel-Samuels (MI PRC), and Cynthia Boddie-Willis
Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke / February 16 – 19,
2005 / Orlando FL / Loews Royal Pacific Resort
19th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control / March 1 – 3, 2005 /
Atlanta GA / Atlanta Marriott Marquis
22nd Annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Conference / March 5 – 9, 2005 /
Atlanta GA / Sheraton Atlanta Hotel (www.cdc.gov/brfss)
7th Annual National Colorectal Screening Workshop / March 23-24, 2005 / Baltimore MD /
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel (Email email@example.com for information)
Diabetes Translation Conference / May 2 – 5, 2005 / Miami FL / Radisson Hotel
23rd National Conference on Health Promotion and Education / May 25 – 27, 2005 /
Minneapolis MN (http://www.dhpe.org/nationalconference/default.asp)
Rails to Trails: Trail Link 2005 / July 27 – 30, 2005 / Minneapolis MN / University of
Minnesota Campus (http://www.railtrails.org/traillink2005/default.asp)
2006 International Cancer and Tobacco Control Conferences / July 8 – 15, 2006 /
Washington DC / Renaissance Hotel
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