Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention Program
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) supports a variety of activities to improve the nationís health by preventing chronic diseases and their risk factors and by promoting healthful behaviors.
In September 2011, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) received CDC funding to establish the Alabama Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (AL CCD) Program. The purpose of the program is to reduce chronic disease in Alabama by increasing the efficient use of staff, funds, interventions efforts, surveillance, and evaluation among chronic disease programs to improve health outcomes in Alabama.
In the past, chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, arthritis, and asthma have been addressed individually by ADPH. As a result of the new funding, the AL CCD program is embedding a new focus in its efforts to reduce disease burden in the state: coordinating interventions and promoting collaboration among staff to impact multiple diseases and risk factors. This is logical since chronic diseases often share the risk factors of poor nutrition, physical inactivity, obesity, and tobacco use and exposure. Goals of the initiative are to reduce mortality due to chronic disease and reduce the prevalence of disabling chronic conditions.