Chronic Disease Prevention
The Chronic Disease Prevention Branch focuses on programmatic activities through the following four stratregic areas.
- Development and dissemination of useful data, surveillance, and evaluation information
- Increasing access to clinical preventive services and health systems change
- Creating strong community clinical linkages
- Supporting healthy choices and healthy living through environment, policy and systems change
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Program
Colon Cancer Screening Program
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
Heart Disease and Stroke Program
Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant
Unbridled Health: A Plan for Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
||Chronic Disease Disaster Preparedness
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 80 percent of older adults have at least one chronic condition making them more vulnerable than healthy people during a disaster. The Chronic Disease Prevention Branch, in collaboration with the Public Health Preparedness Branch and the University of Louisville, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, developed a resource manual in 2008 to assist individuals, families and caregivers to prepare for disasters and emergencies. This Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Chronic Disease Patient Resource Manual has been updated in 2013 and is available for download, printing and use by any individual or group working on disaster preparedness planning.
All people with chronic diseases need to develop a plan to cope with disasters such as tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, prolonged snow or ice emergency or any other type of issue that can prevent someone with chronic disease from getting access to medications, his or her regular physician, dialysis, chemotherapy and other medical needs. The materials highlight awareness of the needs of people with chronic diseases during disasters and help educate about planning for disasters. Instructions also are included for developing emergency contact information, including personal medical information and action checklists along with helpful website links.