Public Health Approach
NCCDPHP supports the nation’s public health infrastructure, working with health care providers, public health professionals, educators, and decision makers. The Center leads partnerships and collaborates fully with state and local health and education agencies, community groups, voluntary associations, private organizations, and other federal agencies. To achieve optimal health for all, NCCDPHP’s work on the social determinants of health extends beyond the scope of traditional public health practice to include collaboration in education, housing, transportation, justice, labor, and other sectors.
To support Americans with equitable opportunities to take charge of their health, NCCDPHP’s work targets four key action areas:
- Epidemiology and Surveillance to provide states and communities with the necessary expertise to collect data and information and to develop and deploy effective interventions, identify and address gaps in program delivery, and monitor and evaluate progress in achieving program goals.
- Environmental Approaches that promote health and support and reinforce healthful behaviors in schools, worksites, and communities. NCCDPHP works to expand access to and availability of healthy foods and beverages; promote increased physical activity; reduce tobacco use, prevent youth initiation, and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke; and increase the proportion of the U.S. population served by community water systems with optimally fluoridated water.
- Health System Interventions to improve the effective delivery and use of clinical and other preventive services to prevent disease, detect diseases early, and reduce or eliminate risk factors and mitigate or manage complications.
- Strategies to improve Community-Clinical Linkages so that communities support and clinics refer patients to programs that improve management of chronic conditions. Such interventions ensure those with or at high risk for chronic diseases have access to quality community resources to best manage their conditions or risk factors.
For more information, please see Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Domains [PDF-108Kb].