Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, are the leading causes of death and disability in Indiana. Also, chronic diseases are costly to the health care and public health systems in the state. Preventing and controlling chronic diseases, obesity, and promoting healthier behaviors such as better nutrition, more physical activity, and no tobacco use are vital to create a healthier Indiana.  

The Indiana State Department of Health Chronic Disease Division, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation have partnered to plan, implement, and evaluate a program integration initiative. This initiative integrates resources and creates comprehensive strategies to apply more effective and efficient approaches to prevent and control chronic disease and obesity.

As this partnership strives to increase the health outcomes of Hoosiers, the integration initiative tasks include those activities recommended by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

• Engage state health agency leadership
• Develop crosscutting epidemiology and surveillance programs
• Leverage the use of information technology
• Build state and local partnerships
• Develop integrated state plans
• Engage management and administration
• Implement integrated interventions
• Evaluate chronic disease program integration initiatives
Find more information on the Chronic Disease Division and Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation as well as program integration tools, plans, and other resources.