Chronic Disease


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Services and Expertise

The Center's Chronic Disease Program conducts research that focuses on promoting healthy living (more physical activity and better diet) and preventing the development of and avoidable complications from chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes. 
Program staff provide data, expertise and technical assistance to a wide range of partners, including The California Endowment, The California Center for Public Health Advocacy, and the California Air Resources Board, among others, to support health advocacy and policy efforts.  
For example, the Program provided data and expertise for a legislative briefing kit created by Community Action to Fight Asthma, a network of asthma coalitions in California working to shape local, regional and state policies to reduce the environmental triggers of asthma for school-aged children. Program staff also provided research and data for a policy brief developed by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, which works to ensure that all Californians have access to quality health care and can live healthy lives.
The Program's services and expertise include:

  • Developing policy briefs that translate scientific research findings into information that is readily understandable for policy-makers, community organizations and the public.
  • Organizing expert roundtables to promote collaboration and expand understanding of leading issues in chronic disease.
  • Conducting research and analysis designed to inform policy.
  • Producing omnibus health reports on a range of chronic diseases and health promotion topics.
  • Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for linking health data with environmental factors such as air quality, traffic density, food environments, physical activity resources and neighborhood characteristics.
  • Small area estimation to provide data on disease prevalence and other health outcomes for sub-county geographic areas such as cities or legislative districts.
  • Mapping of disease prevalence and other health outcomes to display geographic variability.
  • Providing expert testimony on chronic diseases and health promotion issues to legislative bodies.