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Chronic Disease Control Branch 


Chronic disease prevention aims to ensure a lifetime of wellness for all. It involves many partners and a spectrum of activities as the causes are multi-factorial and go beyond health care and traditional public health approaches. Chronic disease prevention includes preventing disease from occurring as well as decreasing the severity and impact of a condition once it occurs. The advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides an exciting opportunity to advance prevention, lower costs, provide better care and improve the patient experience.

The Chronic Disease Control Branch (CDCB) mission is to prevent and optimally manage chronic disease. CDCB supports evidence-based programs that promote healthy behaviors, healthy communities, and improve the prevention, diagnosis, and management of chronic disease.

In July 2013, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) received a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) titled State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk factors and Promote School Health RFA-DP13-1305. The intent of the initiative, known in California as Prevention First, is to support statewide implementation of cross-cutting approaches that promote health and prevent and control chronic diseases and their risk factors, as well as to maintain coordination and collaboration across programs.

Prevention First builds upon the framework established with the CDC initiative to coordinate chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts. The strategies, activities, and performance measures in the Prevention First work plan are objectives in CDPH’s California Wellness Plan.

CDCB has other chronic disease programs funded by federal grants and state allocations, that coordinate activities with Prevention First activities and other CDPH and health agency programs.

These include the CDC: Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant, State Public Health Approaches to Arthritis, California Colorectal Cancer Control Program Grant, Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN), and state allocations for Alzheimer’s Disease and Oral Health. The Director of Coordination, Dr. Nunez de Ybarra, collaborates with other programs within the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion that address tobacco use, alcohol misuse, poor diet, physical inactivity, injury and violence prevention, asthma, obesity, as well as sister programs in the Center for Family Health, Center for Infectious Disease, Center for Health Care Quality, Office of Health Statistics and Information, Office of Quality Performance and Accreditation and the Health Reform Coordinator in the Director's Office.

In addition, programs have partnerships with local public health agencies, other state agencies, federal agencies, universities, non-government organizations and community-based organizations, as they are critical to the success of the California Wellness Plan and the Advancing Prevention in the 21st Century (P21) 2014-2016 strategies and activities.

The California Wellness Plan

New! Online Chronic Disease Prevention Messaging Toolkit


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