January 2005 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 and restrictive. 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 changes. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jerrica Mathis (email@example.com) to serve as our day-to-day support staff. We also have Chuck Gollmar (firstname.lastname@example.org), a CDC assignee on part-time detail from the Division of Adolescent and School Health. And Maggie Ritsick (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com . Margaret Casey (Hoosick Falls NY) is project coordinator for the CVH Council; email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. Ruth Palombo ((Boston MA) is project coordinator for the End of Life Project; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Peggy Yen is Project Coordinator and Team Lead for the State Success Stories Project; email email@example.com. Other State Success Stories team members include Ellen Jones, Maribeth Doran (Mentor OH); email firstname.lastname@example.org, and Snip Young (Golden CO); email email@example.com. For a complete listing of all CDD consultants, visit the CDD website (www.chronicdisease.org). 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 http://prc.slu.edu/registration.html . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com . RESOURCES 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 to firstname.lastname@example.org.) 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 (CDD). 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 (http://www.chronicdisease.org/19thAnnConference/Introlanguage.htm) 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 (http://cdc.confex.com/cdc/cdt2005/index.epl) 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 E-BULLETIN CONTACT INFORMATION: To submit items for publication, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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