About Our Program

  • As of 2012, about half of all adults – 117 million people – had at least 1 chronic disease condition. One in four adults had 2 or more chronic health conditions.1
  • In 2014, six of the top ten leading causes of death were chronic diseases.2
  • In 2010, 86% of all healthcare spending was for people with 1 or more chronic medical condition.3

Chronic diseases affect Nebraskans:

  • 67% of all Nebraskans are overweight or obese.4
  • 31% of Nebraska high school students are overweight or obese.5
  • 35% of Nebraskans have high cholesterol.4
  • 29.9% of Nebraskans have high blood pressure.4
  • 8.8% of Nebraskans have diabetes.4

How can we help?

The Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (CDPC) Program at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services is funded through two grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program focuses on improving the health for all Nebraskans, in particular through the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Our program is organized into four health domains:

  1. Epidemiology, surveillance, and evaluation to inform, prioritize, and monitor diseases and risk factors and the delivery of interventions;
  2. Environmental strategies that reinforce healthful behaviors and expand access to healthy choices;
  3. Health system interventions to improve the delivery and use of clinical and other preventative services;
  4. Clinical and community linkages to better support chronic disease self-management.

Partners N Health

The Partners N Health website initiative was created in an effort to better inform and educate individuals, partners, communities, healthcare professionals, schools, and workplaces throughout the state about our program and the services we support.

Learn More About the Partners N Health Initiative


  1. Ward BW, Schiller JS, Goodman RA. Multiple chronic conditions among US adults: a 2012 update. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014;11:130389. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd11.130389
  2. Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Tejada-Vera B. Deaths: Final data for 2014. National vital statistics reports; vol 65 no 4. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr65/nvsr65_04.pdf
  3. Gerteis J, Izrael D, Deitz D, LeRoy L, Ricciardi R, Miller T, Basu J. Multiple Chronic Conditions Chartbook. AHRQ Publications No, Q14-0038. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2014. Accessed November 18, 2014.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaire. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015.
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2015. Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Available at: www.cdc.gov/yrbss.