Our mission is to work with partners to implement evidence and practice-based interventions to improve physical activity and nutrition, reduce obesity, prevent and control diabetes, and promote cardiovascular health, with a focus on high blood pressure.

Welcome to the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch

About Us

In July 2013, the N.C. Division of Public Health, Chronic Disease and Injury (CDI) Section consolidated the state public health actions to prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, obesity and the associated risk factors of poor nutrition and physical inactivity. In this new streamlined arrangement, a branch was created to consolidate three previous branches and one unit.

The Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health (CCCPH) Branch, implements evidence and practice-based interventions to improve physical activity and nutrition; reduce obesity; prevent and control diabetes and prevent cardiovascular disease, with a focus on high blood pressure.

The CCCPH Branch works with partners to increase state, community, worksite, school, and early care and education environments that promote and reinforce healthful behaviors and practices across the life span related to diabetes, cardiovascular health and obesity including physical activity and healthy eating.

The Branch also works with partners to improve quality, effective delivery and use of clinical and other preventive services to address prevention and management of hypertension and diabetes as well as increase community clinical linkages to support prevention, self-management and control of diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

The CCCPH Branch also provides staff support for:

Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina

The Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina Leadership Team is a multi-agency partnership that oversees the implementation of the Eat Smart, Move More NC movement guided by North Carolina’s Plan to Address Obesity: Healthy Weight and Healthy Communities 2013-2020. The Leadership Team works to make it easier for North Carolinians to eat smart and move more. For more information, contact the Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina Coordinator, Lori Rhew, at Lori.Rhew@EatSmartMoveMoreNC.com.

Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force

The Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force and its Stroke Advisory Council (SAC) carry out legislatively mandated duties and functions in planning and coordinating activities to address policy, environmental and systems-level change supportive of cardiovascular health and disease prevention. The Task Force actively pursues partnerships and resources to promote the implementation of the NC Plan for Prevention and Management of Heart Disease and Stroke 2012-2017. For more information about the Task Force and heart disease and stroke, please visit www.StartWithYourHeart.com. You may also contact Anita Holmes, Executive Director, Justus-Warren Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Task Force at Anita.Holmes@dhhs.nc.gov.

North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council

The purpose of the North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council (DAC) is to promote sound policies and strategies for the detection, control and prevention of diabetes. The DAC also assists agencies and organizations in becoming more effectively engaged in efforts to reduce the burden of diabetes in North Carolina. Visit www.DiabetesNC.com for more information about diabetes in North Carolina. For more information about the North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council, contact April Reese, DAC Coordinator at April.Reese@dhhs.nc.gov.

North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative

The North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative (NCSCC) is part of a national effort to reduce the incidence of death and disability caused by stroke. The NCSCC assesses and makes recommendations for the use of best practice guidelines for stroke treatment by conducting real-time data collection on stroke treatment among North Carolina hospitals as well as by linking Emergency Medical Services (EMS) data with in-hospital care and outcomes. North Carolina Division of Public Health partners with the Department of Epidemiology at University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health on this initiative. For more information about the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative, contact Sylvia Coleman, NCSCC Manager, at swcolema@email.unc.edu