Marianas Variety – CHCC-Non-Communicable Disease Bureau aims to increase organizational capacity


(CHCC) – The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Held at the State Activation and Response or STAR Workshop from May 29 to 31, 2019 for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation-Division of Public Health Services-Non-Communicable Disease Bureau.

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors held at the State Activation and Response Workshop for the Non-Communicable Disease Bureau on May 29-31, 2019. The workshop aimed at increasing the organizational capacity of chronic disease prevention and control units. CHCC photos

The CNMI is the first territory to receive the STAR workshop training from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors or NACDD.

The workshop was conducted by NACDD Chief Executive Officer John W. Robitscher; Jeanne Alongi, a senior consultant for Public Health Leadership and Practice; Alice Jaglowski, a public health consultant; Stacy DeJesus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Islands Lead Team; and Robert Greathouse, the Pacific Island Health Officers Association's Regional Public Health Advisor.

Prior to the STAR workshop, pre-assessment data was collected from the NCDB staff on the program's competency in the six components of the STAR framework: partnerships and relationships, workforce development, leadership, management and administration, organizational climate and culture, and evidenced based public health practices. NCDB's data was reviewed during the workshop in order to identify successes, challenges, and areas for growth within the NCDB. Initiatives to strengthen and re-structure the NCDB were then prioritized and incorporated into a six-month plan to create comprehensive evaluation plans for various programs, services, and other activities. The NACDD trainers plan to return to the end of these six months to evaluate and provide feedback on the bureau's progress.

The creation of a bureau-wide evaluation plan will assist the NCDB in prioritizing its outreach efforts and improving evaluation methods and strategies, allowing the staff to better understand the impact of NCDB programs and projects. The information obtained will allow the NCDB to better serve the community needs, to create broader-reaching programs, to inform efforts, and to collect more informative data.

In collaboration with the NACDD, CDC, and PIHOA through the STAR process, the NCDB is confident in improving its public health capacity to combat the prevalence of non-communicable diseases in the CNMI such as diabetes, cancer and heard disease.

This training is funded through the Tobacco and Diabetes federal grant (# 5NU58DP006664-01-00 CFDA NO. 93.377) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For Non-Communicable Disease Bureau program updates, follow @cnmincdbureau on Facebook or call 236-8719 for more information.

For more information about its programs, follow CHCC on Facebook and Twitter at @cnmichcc, check its website at or call 234-8950.

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