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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 disease 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

NCCDPHP Divisions, Major Programs, and Activities


Division of Cancer Prevention and Control

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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.

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

Division of Diabetes Translation

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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.

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

Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention

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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.

Million Hearts ®
Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program
Sodium Reduction in Communities Program
WISEWOMAN

Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

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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.

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

Division of Oral Health

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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.

Division of Population Health

Division of Reproductive Health

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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.

Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program
Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System

Office on Smoking and Health

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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.

How OSH Serves States
OSH Data
Tips From Former Smokers

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Programs Supported by Multiple Divisions

State Public Health Actions (DP13-1305)

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CDC’s diabetes; heart disease and stroke prevention; nutrition, physical activity, and obesity; and school health programs support chronic disease prevention nationwide through the State Public Health Actions program. State Public Health Actions focuses on healthy environments in workplaces, schools, early childhood education facilities, and in the community. All 50 states and the District of Columbia receive funds to work with health systems and communities to reduce complications from multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

State and Local Public Health Actions (DP14-1422)

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State and Local Public Health Actions, financed by the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Affordable Care Act, intensifies work in state and large city health departments to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke and reduce health disparities through community and health system interventions. Activities complement but do not duplicate those funded by State Public Health Actions (DP13-1305).

Tribal Chronic Disease Prevention

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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.

Building Public Health Infrastructure in Tribal Communities to Accelerate Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Indian Country
Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country
Tribal Practices for Wellness in Indian Country

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