Virginia Chronic Disease Prevention Collaborative Network

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Virginia Chronic Disease Prevention Collaborative Network

The Virginia Chronic Disease Prevention Collaborative Network is a diverse group of professionals from public health, academia, community/faith based organizations, and private industry who have joined together for the purpose of reducing chronic disease incidence in Virginia.

Members: 90
Latest Activity: Nov 4, 2014

Welcome to Virginia Chronic Disease Collaborative Network

This page provides an interactive forum where partners can:

  • Get updates and calls to action from the Network
  • Stay informed about Network activities
  • Share resources and ideas with each other
  • Collaborate and network with other members

Community Discussions and Documents

Collaborative Network September Meeting 1 Reply

Good afternoon, The Virginia Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion Collaborative Network has an exciting line-up of speakers for the next meeting, which will be held Thursday, September 25, 2014.  You won’t want to miss this event!  The meeting will be held at Embassy Suites, 2925 Emerywood Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294, from 9:00 AM  - 12:00 PM. The agenda is as follows: Meeting Agenda 9:00-9:15 - State of the Network (Kathy Rocco)9:15-9:45 – Department of Corrections Farm Model…Continue

Started by Keisha Taylor. Last reply by David La Rosa-Presume Oct 11, 2014.

April 26th is Healthy Kids Day

On Saturday, April 26, Ys across Virginia are celebrating YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve the health and well-being of families. Healthy Kids Day will include fun active play and educational activities to keep kids moving and learning, in order to maintain healthy habits and academic skills to achieve goals and reach their full potential. This is a free event open to all members of the community!As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, healthy…Continue

Started by Alexandra London-Gross Mar 28, 2014.

FREE VDH Web-Based Training for Home Visitors and Other Maternal/Child Health Providers Now Available!

FREE VDH Web-Based Training for Home Visitors and Other Maternal/Child Health Providers Now Available! Project Connect: Creating Futures Without Violence Module 1: Overview of Domestic Violence: Definitions and DynamicsModule 2: Assessment and Safety Planning for Domestic Violence in Home Visiting SettingsModule 3: Impact of Domestic Violence on Perinatal Health OutcomesModule 4: Making the Connection: Domestic and Sexual Violence, Birth Control Sabotage, Pregnancy Pressure and Unintended…Continue


Started by Keisha Taylor Dec 30, 2013.

Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth Workshop & Trainings

  A two-day workshop has been added to the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth training schedule (Promoting Proven Practices and Processes for Sustainable Community Level Outcomes in Richmond VA on Jan 30-Jan 31, 2014).  Please share this information with others who might be interested. Click on the link below to access the promotional flyer with workshop…Continue

Started by Keisha Taylor Dec 9, 2013.

Million Hearts e-update

Tools You Can UseEmployers play an integral role in supporting…Continue

Started by Keisha Taylor Dec 9, 2013.

ASTHO, the Food Marketing Workgroup, and NPLAN Webinar

Healthy Eating Out: Raising the Bar for Nutrition at Restaurants December 17th, 2:00-3:00 pm ESTASTHO, the Food Marketing Workgroup, and NPLAN WebinarAmericans today spend nearly half their food dollars at restaurants and other food service establishments. Eating out contributes to poor diet quality and obesity. Restaurant foods and beverages often contain high levels of calories, saturated fat, sugars, and salt. Restaurant practices, like large portions, upselling, free refills of sugary…Continue

Started by Keisha Taylor Dec 9, 2013.

Energize Your Families: Parent Program Webinar

 Some of you and your partners may be interested in this upcoming webinar on the Energize Your Families: Parent Program, a science-based national education program from the National Institutes of Health that provides parents, caregivers and communities with tools and strategies to help families improve food choices, increase physical activity and reduce screen time. Let’s Move Faith and Communities invites you to join us this coming Wednesday, December 11th from 1-3pm EST for a webinar training…Continue

Started by Keisha Taylor Dec 9, 2013.

Comment Wall


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Comment by David La Rosa-Presume on October 11, 2014 at 6:19pm

I was hoping to get more out of this group. What can I do to be more active. What are the hot topics of discussion?

Comment by David La Rosa-Presume on September 29, 2014 at 7:19pm

Keisha, the email address that you gave me is not going through. Here is my email address,

Comment by David La Rosa-Presume on September 29, 2014 at 7:14pm

Good Evening Keisha, 

I sent you an email in order to add me. I would like to participate in whatever events that I can, but I must tell you that I am located in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Comment by Keisha Taylor on September 25, 2014 at 4:13pm

The network members are composed of state agencies, state coalitions, non-profits, faith-based and other organizations, schools, hospitals, worksites, etc. We focus on aligning our efforts to create a healthier Virginia (access to healthy foods, increasing physical acitivity, health system innitiaitves, health care to the underserved etc.) to ultimately decrease chronic diseae. Theses efforts address many conditions (diabetes, hypertension, cancer, obesity etc.). If you would like to join the collaborative and get on our newsletter email list you may contact me at Keisha.taylor@vdh.virginia.

Comment by David La Rosa-Presume on September 24, 2014 at 5:55pm

I was wondering, what is the clinical background of the members in this group? Also I would like to know what conditions do you wish to impact?

Comment by David La Rosa-Presume on September 21, 2014 at 2:30pm

Good Afternoon, I am new to this group I was wondering how active this group is. I am looking foward to dicusses ideas concerning disease prevention. Please comment soon

Comment by Dr. Shakil A. Khan on November 19, 2013 at 9:30pm

Public Health Training in the Dominican Republic


We are inviting public health students and professionals to join us for a one week training and experience in the Dominican Republic, in March 15-22 & May 17-24, 2014. The visit involves hands-on training in public health, volunteering at one or more of our hospitals, workshop at the PanAmerican Health (world health organization facilities), visiting the Public Health Department of Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo - the oldest university in the western hemisphere. You will also visit a Haitian Batey and experiencing life & health care in Latin America/Caribbean. Limited Spanish language training will be provided.


The all-inclusive cost of $3,650 (double occupancy) includes all ground arrangements (transfers, hotels, most meals, sightseeing, one night/2 days at a beach resort and all training and tips.


The tour is personally escorted by Dr. Shakil Khan, a licensed physician in the Dominican Republic, who has lived & worked in the D.R. for the past 25 years and trained hundreds of American students of medicine, nursing & public health in the Dom. Republic. Dr. Khan is a member of phConnect and is President of the Multicultural Council of America ( and Dominican International College ( Dr. Khan is also ‘Country Director’ for the ‘Smile Train Organization of NY, providing free surgeries for cleft lip/palate to hundreds of indigent Haitian and Dominican children for the past many years.


Seats are limited. Please book early. A deposit of $250 is required with full payment at least 90 days before departure. Airfare is not included.


Multicultural Council of America is a non-profit (501(c)(3) charitable organization, dedicated to promoting world cultures, education and health care. The cost of this educational program may be tax deductible – please check with your accountant. 


For information, please contact Dr. Shakil Khan at or, or call 586-573-7300


Comment by Raymond M. Beverage on March 13, 2013 at 4:08pm

The Veterans Administration has a proposed rule to provide Home & Community-Based Services under a Medical Home Model.  The rule provides for aligning contracting & payment procedures within the V.A. to those used for Medicare.  Unfortunately, by their proposed rules, the Aging and the Disability Networks (AAA and CILs) may not be considered to be a provider.  Since many Area Agencies on Aging are the lead for Care Transitions, this would be a lost opportunity.  The deadline for comments is this Friday, March 15th and I invite you to review the proposed ruling, and support having existing Long Term Support & Services Networks being part of their efforts, and to expand on the V.A. definition of "extended care services".  Thanks!   The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Infromation page on the V.A. proposal:

Comment by Nila Saliba on August 27, 2012 at 11:17am

CACV (Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia) is in the process of revising and updating the Virginia Cancer Plan 2008 – 2012 into a new Virginia Cancer Plan 2013 - 2018.  One of the first steps is to survey our key stakeholders for their thoughts about how well Virginia has met the goals and objectives of the current plan as well as to determine the outcomes and barriers to implementing that plan (Virginia Cancer Plan, 2008-2012).

We ask that you please respond to the survey link below because your feedback is critical to the development of our new plan.  Your responses will help to shape the goals and objectives for the next 5 years.

The results will be used by an advisory group to begin drafting a new State plan.  If you have any questions about the State planning process, please contact Nila Saliba at . Your participation in the survey is greatly appreciated!

Virginia Cancer Plan survey:

Comment by Janit Llewellyn Allen on July 24, 2012 at 3:34pm

How Parks and Green Infrastructure Protect Public Health
Courtesy of the Trust for Public Land and the National Association of Recreation Resource Planners

Cholera. Typhoid. Americans no longer contend with these public health menaces, but during the 19th century, they were a dire fact of life. You might credit modern medicine and antibiotics for eradicating these illnesses, but in fact, the true hero was public infrastructure: services like garbage disposal, sewage sanitation, and water treatment, which cleaned up the widespread filth that harbored germs and disease.

Today, as we battle a new set of epidemics—obesity and associated illnesses, depression, attention disorders, and infectious diseases exacerbated by climate change—experts are looking to public infrastructure for solutions once again. Dee Merriam, a community planner at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), believes green infrastructure, including healthy park systems, might prove our most powerful weapon in the fight against modern-day epidemics.

“Physical activity is a big part of the solution,” says Merriam, a planner for the Healthy Community Design Initiative in the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. “Parks are places for people to be physically and mentally healthy, destinations for walking, biking and exercise, and social places where people can meet neighbors. When well-planned, they can also manage water quality, protect vulnerable lands from flooding, and mitigate heat islands.”

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