Chronic Disease & Health Equity
The mission of the Chronic Disease and Health Equity (CDHE) Unit is to improve chronic disease-related health outcomes by increasing health equity in Napa County. CDHE is modeled after the 3-4-50 framework, which is defined as three behaviors (poor diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use) that contribute to four chronic diseases (cancer, heart disease and stroke, type 2 diabetes, and pulmonary diseases such as asthma) and cause over 50 percent of deaths worldwide.
Programs within CDHE include the California Tobacco Control Program (CTCP), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-ED), and Epidemiology and Surveillance. These programs aim to address the factors contributing to the leading causes of death in Napa County and to provide data to inform and educate the community. CDHE staff also provides support to the Live Healthy Napa County community collaborative, which has a strong focus on addressing social determinants and health inequities in Napa County.
Napa County Public Health is funded by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to implement a local plan to prevent and reduce tobacco use for all population groups. Priority areas include:
- Limiting tobacco promoting advertising and marketing
- Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, tobacco smoke residue, and tobacco waste
- Reducing the availability of tobacco products in the retail environment, and
- Promoting tobacco cessation
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-ED)
CalFresh Healthy Living is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) grant that aims to reduce obesity and chronic disease among low-income populations through a coordinated approach:
- Nutrition education and physical activity promotion
- Community/stakeholder engagement and mobilization
- Policy, systems and environmental change (PSE)
Epidemiology & Surveillance Program
The Epidemiology and Surveillance Program is responsible for the collection and analysis of health-related data for Napa County. In addition to chronic diseases (e.g. cancer, heart disease, and stroke), the program also produces data and publications on a range of community health concerns including substance use, HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, maternal and child health outcomes, and social determinants of health (e.g. poverty, education, and the built environment).
Residents of Napa County affected by last year’s devastating fires: Please tell UC Davis researchers how the fires affected you, your family, your home and your health. Completing the UC Davis Northern California Fire and Health Impacts Survey will help document the experiences, health impacts and needs of residents hit hard by the disaster. Results of the study can help shape the current recovery process and guide future preparedness.
Live Healthy Napa County (LHNC)
Live Healthy Napa County (LHNC) is a unique public-private partnership bringing together, among others, representatives not just from health and healthcare organizations, but also business, public safety, education, government and the general public to build strategies to realize a shared vision of a healthier Napa County.