Chronic Disease Control Branch (CDCB)
Chronic disease prevention aims to ensure lifetime wellness and health equity by involving many sectors and working at many levels, as the causes are multi-factorial and go beyond health care and traditional public health approaches. A major change in chronic disease prevention is underway marking the beginning of a new era in health, in which the gap between public health and health care narrows to prevent chronic diseases from occurring and to control the severity and impact of the conditions once they do occur. The advent of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides an exciting opportunity to advance prevention, lower costs, provide better care and improve population health using a more holistic approach.
The Chronic Disease Control Branch mission is to prevent and control chronic diseases. The branch supports evidence-based programs to promote healthy behaviors, conduct research, and improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic disease. Critical to the success of these efforts are partnerships with local public health and education agencies, voluntary associations, private organizations, and federal agencies.
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) 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 CDPH initiative, known in California as Prevention First, is to support a statewide implementation of cross-cutting approaches to 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.
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