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Overview: The National Association for Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) is a non-profit public health organization committed to serving the chronic disease program directors of each state and U.S. jurisdiction. These efforts increase the capacity of chronic disease units in state and territorial health departments through education, training, and technical assistance related to programs, services, and operations. NACDD communicates and coordinates events and activities with representatives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure chronic disease units have up-to-date information and resources to support their work. Transtria is contracted to evaluate the technical assistance provided to state and territorial health departments’ chronic disease units by CDC project officers. CDC project officers support state and territorial health departments receiving federal funding for a variety of programs and services, including chronic disease prevention and control. Specifically, project officers are responsible for monitoring the use of federal funds and the quality of program delivery, evaluation, and reporting.

Purpose: The project has two primary aims:

  • To ascertain state and territorial health departments’ satisfaction with the quantity and quality of technical assistance provided by CDC project officers.
  • To understand how CDC project officers’ technical assistance supports the transition to collaborative and cooperative chronic disease programs in states and territories.

Partners: National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State Health Departments

Our Role:

  • Provide an evaluation framework to clearly define current and ongoing efforts in regard to CDC Project Officer technical assistance.
  • Conduct focus groups with state chronic disease directors around issues relating to CDC Project Officer technical assistance.
  • Develop a survey to be distributed to identify state health department staff’s perceptions of CDC Project Officer’s technical assistance.
  • Generate a report incorporating all findings and including recommendations for improvement.