CDC’s Healthy Communities Program provides funding and technical assistance to selected national organizations in two categories: (A) community funding and (B) translation and dissemination.
The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) provides state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control at the state and national levels by developing partnerships to pursue common goals, developing legislative analyses concerning state chronic disease programs, advocating data-based planning and evidence-based interventions, and providing educational and training opportunities for its members.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is a nonprofit membership organization serving all of the nearly 3,000 local health departments (LHDs) nationwide in cities, counties, townships, and districts. NACCHO’s mission is to provide education, information, research, and technical assistance to LHDs and facilitate partnerships among local, state, and federal agencies in order to promote and strengthen public health.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation, and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 21,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.
The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), a professional organization founded in 1950, is the only independent professional organization devoted exclusively to public health education and health promotion. It works to provide leadership to the profession of public health education, as well as to contribute to the health of all people and the elimination of disparities through advances in health education theory and research, excellence in professional preparation and practice, and advocacy for public policies conducive to health.
The YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) is the national resource office for the nation’s YMCAs. Located in Chicago, with satellite offices across the country, Y-USA is staffed by about 350 employees. The YMCA was established in the United States in 1851 and is one of the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in the nation. The 2,686 YMCAs serve thousands of communities in the United States. Through its health and well-being programs, the YMCA is playing a major role in the health promotion and chronic disease prevention revolution that is saving lives, improving health, and reducing healthcare costs.
The community development efforts of YMCAs over the years have initiated important programs and activities, such as parent–child programs, youth-in-government programs, day and summer camps, and child care and after-school care. Today, the YMCA recognizes these health benefits as critical to the nation’s efforts to combat the crisis of chronic disease—including heart disease and stroke, cancer, and diabetes. Y-USA has been engaging communities in its healthier communities initiatives since 2004 and has over 100 communities collectively engaged in Pioneering Healthier Communities and ACHIEVE.