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April 28, 2016

Monthly Member Spotlight

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

For April’s Monthly Member Spotlight, the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance is excited to spotlight the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). The NACDD is a non-profit, public health organization connecting more than 6,000 chronic disease practitioners. NACDD works to reduce the impact of chronic diseases on the American population by advocating for preventative policies and programs, encouraging knowledge sharing and developing partnerships for health promotion. The NACDD also has numerous councils to address the unique prevention and control needs of specific chronic diseases, including arthritis.

Interview with Mari T. Brick

Mari Brick is a public health consultant for NACDD with a focus on Arthritis Technical Assistance and Support and over 13+ years of experience in public health. She is the NACDD Public Health Consultant for Arthritis and the Chair of the OAAA’s Policy & Advocacy Working Group. 

1.     What do you think is the most important issue today in osteoarthritis?

Increasing awareness and debunking the myths of arthritis -like everyone gets it as they age, it’s just an inconvenience, there are worse diseases to address, etc… This will go a long way to elevate OA to the level of disability, work and activity limitations that it deserves.

2.     How is your organization working to address this issue or other issues related to OA?

The NACDD has supported the Arthritis Council since 2001. The council is for state health departments to learn about what each is doing in the area of arthritis and public health. The 12 CDC-funded state arthritis programs are part of the council’s monthly calls, which are open to all states and territories. NACDD also has specific arthritis projects with focused activities around working with employers to embed arthritis into employee health and wellness benefits and another that is focused on physical therapists and the development of evidence-based program marketing materials for PTs and their patients.

3.     What is a headline you’d like to see about osteoarthritis in five years?

Every state and US territory health department has a funded arthritis program that serves people with arthritis in that state.

4.     What is one interesting fact you’d like people to know about your organization?

NACDD general members are state health department employees who manage or staff chronic disease prevention and control programs.  Associate/affiliate members are those professionals interested in public health/chronic disease but not employed at state or territorial health departments.  Associate members include local health department staff, retired health professionals, college and university faculty, private sector health professionals, and students. Organizational members are persons working for non-profit, for profit, municipal, district, or tribal entities that have programs in alignment with NACDD projects.  We encourage people and organizations who aren’t members to consider becoming a part of the NACDD family, which would provide the opportunity to participate in the services and events of the Association like monthly general member informational webinars, access to regional, state and national meetings concerning chronic disease and to professional development workshops, seminars, training and academies.

5. What is your interest in the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance?

We are interested in being a part of a coalition that will elevate awareness of arthritis among the health professionals, policy makers and others.

Upcoming  NACDD Events

The NACDD Arthritis Council offers monthly conference calls to all members on the first Tuesday of every month, 2pm ETHow can NACDD members get involved with the Arthritis Council? State health department staff who work in arthritis programs and projects and other interested parties should contact Mari Brick at

NACDD Social Media Links




NACDD Resources

The NACDD hosts a broad collection of resources, including articles, webinars, and toolkits for members. Here’s a selection:

NACDD Webinar Library

Arthritis Resources and Tools Collection

The Monthly Member Spotlight is a way to learn more about and highlight the great work being done by our members and member organizations of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance to advance osteoarthritis awareness, resources and education. Are you interested in being featured in our Monthly Member Spotlight? Contact My-Linh Luong at
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