Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control

Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control

Mission:  Promote health and eliminate preventable chronic disease and injury in California

Chronic disease and injury are the leading causes of death, disability and diminished quality of life in California, and make up 80 percent of California's health care expenditures.  These conditions impact some populations more than others, resulting in significant inequities in health outcomes and quality of life. Chronic disease and injury are largely preventable. Up to 80 percent of cardiovascular disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and over 30 percent of cancers could be prevented by eliminating tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and the harmful use of alcohol.  Prevention of chronic disease and injury also depends on just social and environmental policies that make the healthy choice the easy choice. 

Our chronic disease, risk factor and injury prevention programs aim to promote health and eliminate preventable chronic disease and injury, in collaboration with local and state partners engaged in chronic disease prevention. We are committed to coordination between programs, as well as with our partners, in order to find common approaches to reduce the burden and impact of chronic disease and injury in California.

The California Wellness Plan is the result of a statewide process led by CDPH to develop a roadmap with partners to create communities in which people can be healthy, improve the quality of clinical and community care, increase access to usable health information, assure continued public health capacity to achieve health equity and empower communities to create healthier environments. 

The Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Control is composed of 33 programs in five Branches, with approximately 400 staff and a budget of $424 million. 

CDIC Branches include the following programs and areas of focus:

California Tobacco Control Branch - includes the Tobacco Control Program

Chronic Disease Control Branch - includes Oral Health Program; Preventive Medicine Residency Program; Cal EIS Fellowship Program; California Arthritis Partnership Program; California Colorectal Cancer Control Program; Alzheimer's Disease Program; Cardiovascular Disease Prevention; Diabetes Prevention; Lifetime of Wellness (1422), Prevention First (1305); WISEWOMAN Program; California Stroke Registry; California Wellness Plan Implementation; and Prevention 2020 Program (Preventive Health Services Block Grant)

Chronic Disease Surveillance and Research Branch - includes Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System; Comprehensive Cancer Program; and California Cancer Registry

Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch - includes the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Program

Safe and Active Communities Branch - includes Rape Prevention and Education Program; Domestic Violence Prevention Program; Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program; Violence Prevention Initiative; National Violent Death Reporting System; Essentials for Childhood Child Maltreatment Program/Fatal Child Abuse and Neglect Surveillance; Child Health and Safety – Kids Plates; Naloxone Distribution Program; Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Program; Opioid Surveillance Program; Vehicle Occupant Safety Program; Crash Medical Outcomes Data Program; Active Transportation Safety Program; Older Adult Fall Prevention; and Adult Use Cannabis Program





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