The mission of the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control (The Center) is improving Maryland's health by preventing and controlling chronic disease.
Chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, are among the leading causes of death in Maryland. According to the Maryland Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 51.6% of all Marylanders reported having at least one chronic health condition in 2020. Fortunately, the majority of chronic disease cases can be prevented through proper nutrition, physical activity, and not smoking.
The Center has a broad portfolio of chronic disease related projects, most notably diabetes and heart disease prevention and management, as well as healthy lifestyles promotion, food security, and cognitive health. The Center oversees four advisory councils and committees.