The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) improves the health of the public by strengthening state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control in states and at the national level.

325 Swanton Way
Decatur, Georgia 30030 https://www.chronicdisease.org/default.aspx
(770) 458-7400

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Organizational membership

Representative membership is open to one chronic-disease program representative who is an employee of the health department of a state, commonwealth, territory, district, or possession of the United States and is officially appointed by the health officer from that jurisdiction. Representative members have voting privileges at the annual or special membership meetings, may serve as officers and directors of the NACDD, and may serve on committees and councils. General membership is open to other health department employees who either direct or work with chronic disease prevention and control programs, including epidemiology units, from any state, commonwealth, territory, district, or possession of the United States, in addition to the officially appointed representative to the NACDD who is serving as the representative member from that jurisdiction. General members may serve as officers and directors of the NACDD and may serve on committees and councils. NACDD addresses the vision needs of our nation through various councils including, but not limited to Diabetes & Healthy Aging. These groups provide leadership and expertise for the development of state-based vision programs, enhanced vision surveillance, and comprehensive and coordinated strategies in promoting eye health and vision preservation that can serve as the basis for collaborative initiatives at state and national levels.


Policy and environmental interventions across the full spectrum of prevention. Emphasize a Coordinated Team Approach:

  • Epidemiology and surveillance
  • Environmental approaches
  • Health systems interventions
  • Community-clinical linkages

Detection and treatment of risk factors, early identification, and treatment and prevention of vision loss. Strategic Priorities—Influence the Ways Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Shapes the Future Health Landscape:

  • Strengthen advocacy at the national and state level
  • Define and implement a focused approach to health equity
  • Engage stakeholders to implement state vision and eye health plans


The association leadership meets every other month by phone and occasionally in person when convenient. Teams that have been established to address workgroup priorities meet more often.


John W. Robitscher, M.P.H., Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 770–458–7400, ext. 226
Email: jrobitscher@chronicdisease.org

John Patton, Director of Communications and Member Services
Tel: 770–458–7400, ext. 222
Email: jpatton@chronicdisease.org

Education programs

Diabetic Eye Disease

Healthy Vision

Low Vision

Vision and Aging

Last updated: March 30, 2020