Chronic Disease Prevention

Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S. Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly of all health problems, they are also among the most preventable.

CAI works to promote proven social, environmental, policy, and systems approaches that support healthy living for individuals, families and communities. CAI implements strategies that facilitate and support individual responsibility and behavior change at schools, and workplaces, and in faith- based community, and medical settings. We employ innovative peer led interventions to build bridges between health care services and populations in need. CAI builds the capacity of organizations to work across the following key areas -- facilitation and support of individual responsibility and behavior change, policy and environmental change, health equity, research translation, health care delivery design, enhancing the coordination of care and workforce development -- to put to work the power of prevention.

Disease Prevention in Action

From 2005 to 2015, CAI served as the New York State Tobacco Control Training Center, delivering customized trainings to tobacco control contractors and staff. Over time, and thanks in part to CAI's ongoing training program, New York's tobacco control program has implemented major policy reforms such as tobacco-free environments including a strong clean indoor air law, increases in tobacco taxes to discourage tobacco use, and enhanced access to tobacco cessation services. As a result, youth and adult smoking rates in New York are at their lowest levels on record. To learn more about CAI's Tobacco Control Training Project, click here