Martha Katz, former deputy director for policy and legislation at CDC, remembers NCCDPHP's early years as an exciting time, because "it was an opportunity to address leading health problems--heart disease, cancer, and stroke--and take CDC's previous experience in looking at health education and risk reduction to a new level.
Key to NCCDPHP's growth early on was convincing congress to fund other focused efforts, says Katz.
"Ginny Bales Harris (then acting director of NCCDPHP) asked me to help develop a long-range strategic plan for CDC's newly congressionally funded program in heart disease and stroke prevention.
Mike Greenwell, NCCDPHP's first communications director and currently a member of the National Forum's coordinating board and executive committee, remembers the period well.
Messages were developed based on a review of literature and on consultation with experienced individuals in the field (National Cancer Institute, 1992; NCCDPHP
In that issue, NCCDPHP
staff, including Dietz, and then-CDC director Jeffrey Koplan, MD, MPH, wrote an editorial about the obesity epidemic.
DOH had two main thrusts at the time it joined NCCDPHP
: infection control in dental care settings--a need arising in the 1980s with the emergence of HIV--and promoting community water fluoridation.
Begun in 1987, shortly before NCCDPHP
was established, PRAMS was designed to gather information leading to public health practices that could improve the health of mothers and infants by reducing adverse outcomes, such as low birth weight, infant mortality and morbidity, and maternal morbidity.
Khoury, MD, PhD, director of NCCDPHP
's Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG).
director Jim Marks observed in the NACDD anniversary publication, Twenty Years of Progress, that the influence of this group helped legitimize the field of chronic disease prevention and control.
"He is one of my heroes," says Mike Greenwell, NCCDPHP
's first communications director, now Vice President for Health Marketing and Communications at Danya International.
Twenty years ago, global health was not at the forefront of NCCDPHP
's activities; today, it's a major priority.