Our Programs and Impact

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CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) supports a variety of activities that improve the nation’s health by preventing chronic diseases and their risk factors. Specifically, NCCDPHP:

  • Finds out how chronic diseases affect populations in the United States.
  • Studies interventions to find out what works best to prevent and control chronic diseases.
  • Funds and guides states, territories, cities, and tribes to use interventions that work.
  • Shares information to help all Americans understand the risk factors for chronic diseases and how to reduce them.

NCCDPHP Divisions, Major Programs, and Activities

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CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control is a leader in efforts to reduce preventable cancers and improve the health of cancer survivors. The division collects data on all cancer cases in the United States and works with national organizations and state and local health agencies to help Americans lower their cancer risk by increasing the use of effective cancer prevention programs and screening tests. Read the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control At A Glance and Division One-Pager pdf icon[PDF – 3 MB].

Colorectal Cancer Control Program
National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
National Program of Cancer Registries

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CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation supports public health programs and national organizations that identify people with prediabetes, prevent type 2 diabetes and its complications, and improve the health of all people with diabetes. These programs have helped millions of Americans reduce their risk of diabetes or prevent life-threatening complications if they already have the disease. Read the Division of Diabetes Translation At A Glance and Division One-Pager pdf icon[PDF – 1.15 MB].

National Diabetes Prevention Program
Prediabetes Awareness Campaignexternal icon
Diabetes TV: Your Health with Joan Lunden and CDC
National Diabetes Education Program
Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative
Vision Health Initiative

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CDC’s Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention  supports state, local, tribal, and territorial heart disease and stroke prevention programs that help millions of Americans control their high blood pressure and reduce other cardiovascular disease risk factors. These efforts have helped lower death rates from heart disease and stroke, which are the first and fifth leading causes of death in the United States. Read the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention At A Glance and Division One-Pager pdf icon[PDF – 502 KB].

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Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program
Sodium Reduction in Communities Program

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CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity protects the health of Americans at every stage of life by encouraging regular physical activity and good nutrition. The division supports state and community partners to provide data, programs that work, and practical tools so that Americans have the best possible opportunity to achieve healthier lives and avoid chronic diseases. Read the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity At A Glance and Division One-Pager pdf icon[PDF – 402 KB].

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)
State and Local Programs
High Obesity Program

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The Division of Oral Health provides leadership to improve the nation’s oral health by promoting effective interventions—dental sealants and water fluoridation—and improving care coordination with other chronic diseases and routine medical care. The division supports local, state, and national oral health programs with funding, technical assistance and training and conducts surveillance, evaluation, and research to monitor disease burden and risk factors. The division guides infection prevention and control practices in dental settings by promoting adherence to guidelines and safe practices; and manages a residency program to develop the dental public health workforce through specialized training. Read the Division of Oral Health At A Glance and Division One-Pager pdf icon[PDF – 425 KB].

Community Water Fluoridation
Dental Sealants
State-Based Oral Health Programs
Infection Prevention and Control in Dental Settings
Oral Health Data Systems
CDC Dental Public Health Residency Program

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CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health addresses issues related to reproductive health, maternal health, and infant health. For over 50 years, CDC has been dedicated to improving the lives of women, children, and families through research, public health monitoring, scientific assistance, and partnerships. Read the Division of Reproductive Health At A Glance and Division One-Pager pdf icon[PDF – 363 KB].

Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program
Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System

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CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health is the lead federal agency for comprehensive tobacco prevention and control. OSH partners with states, territories, tribes and national organizations to protect kids and help smokers quit. These efforts have saved lives and money by preventing and reducing tobacco use – the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Read the Office on Smoking and Health At A Glance and One-Pager pdf icon[PDF – 451 KB].

How OSH Serves States
OSH Data
Tips From Former Smokers

Programs Supported by Multiple Divisions

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CDC supports all 50 states and the District of Columbia in their efforts to address the serious national health problems of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. CDC supports state efforts to:

  • Prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes in people at high risk and improve the health of people living with diabetes.
  • Prevent and manage cardiovascular disease.

In September, 2018 State Health Departments were awarded funds under a new 5-year cooperative agreement.

Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke – State Programs (CDC-RFA-DP18-1815)

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CDC awarded funds to State and Local Health Departments to design, test, and evaluate innovative approaches to address the significant national health problems of diabetes and heart disease and stroke (28 total awardees).  With CDC support, these health departments will develop new approaches to increase the reach and effectiveness of evidence-based public health strategies in populations and communities with a high burden of diabetes, or heart disease and stroke.  Recipients will conduct rigorous evaluations so that CDC and others can learn from this work.

Innovation Awards – Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke (CDC-RFA-DP18-1817)

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CDC supports public health approaches to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. NCCDPHP’s largest investment to improve health among American Indians and Alaska Natives is the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country program. The center makes additional investments to prevent and control cancer, commercial tobacco use, and build public health capacity and infrastructure in Indian Country.

Tribal Epidemiology Centers Public Health Infrastructure
Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country

Health Promotion Activities

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Several CDC programs work to prevent premature birth, support breastfeeding, and promote safe home environments so that infants can have the healthiest start in life.

Promoting Health for Infants Fact Sheet

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CDC works to keep children and adolescents healthy by improving nutrition and physical activity opportunities in school, preventing tobacco use, helping students manage their chronic health conditions in school, promoting the use of dental sealants to prevent cavities, and promoting adequate sleep.

Promoting Health for Children and Adolescents Fact Sheet

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CDC works to improve health for adults by helping smokers quit, increasing access to healthy foods and physical activity opportunities, and promoting healthy behaviors.

Promoting Health for Adults Fact Sheet

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CDC funds partners to improve the health of older adults by helping those with dementia remain active, independent, and involved in their community as long as possible.

Promoting Health for Older Adults Fact Sheet

Page last reviewed: August 5, 2019