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Rethinking non-communicable disease policy

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for 2/3 of all deaths around the world each year. To reduce this global burden, a wide range of policies is needed at all levels and policy professionals need a platform for sharing their success stories and asking their questions.

The Policy Depot is an innovative social network created specifically for professionals throughout the world who work on non-communicable disease policies. Developed by the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and CINDI, the Policy Depot creates new opportunities for professionals to develop, implement, and share evidence-based policies and best practices that will reduce the burden of NCDs within their communities.

What makes the Policy Depot different is that it tailors content to fit your experience, interests, and policy environment – it removes the guesswork. This tailored approach allows members to interact with other policy professionals, resources, and events that match their specific policy interests and needs. In doing so, the Policy Depot brings together not only NCD policy best practices, but best practitioners.


Is the Policy Depot for me?

The Policy Depot was designed for a wide range of policy professionals throughout the world, taking into account the diversity in:

Diseases and risk factors
Non-communicable disease is an umbrella term for a range of interconnected diseases and risk factors. Whether your work focuses on cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, nutrition, tobacco, alcohol, or any other NCD or risk factor, the Policy Depot can meet your individual content needs.

Policy environments
Non-communicable disease policies are needed at all levels – from the community level (like school-based nutrition policies) to the international level (like the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control). The Policy Depot provides resources, content, and support across the spectrum of policy environments.

Type of policy work
Successful NCD policies require a lot of people working together. The Policy Depot is a valuable tool for anyone who works on NCD policies in any capacity, including: Advising on policies, advocating for the adoption of policies, analyzing policies, deciding which policies will be implemented, evaluating policy impact, funding policy work, implementing policies, legislating policies, proposing policies, researching policies, and writing policies.


How the Policy Depot works

After answering a few short questions about your NCD policy experience, interests, and perspectives, the Policy Depot will create a personal network of other members tailored specifically to you. This personal network (called a cohort) will constantly evolve as new members join the Policy Depot, and no two cohorts are alike. But the cohort is just the first step into a world tailored to fit your policy interests and needs:

- Connect, discuss, and share your policy work and interests with professionals throughout the world.

- Find events, conferences, and training courses – both locally and globally – that are relevant to your NCD policy work.

- Learn what drives policy development and implementation by exploring a library of resources – from legislation to best practices to in-depth discussions.

Several leading organizations emphasize not only the importance of implementing NCD policies, but also the importance of sharing that knowledge with other policy professionals to assure prevention efforts are based on locally relevant information and evidence. The Policy Depot provides the platform on which policy professionals throughout the world can share their experiences and learn firsthand what is needed to develop, implement, and evaluate successful NCD policies.

If you would like to learn more about the Policy Depot’s capacity-building role among NCD policy professionals, check out this article in the March 2012 issue of Global Heart.


Have additional questions?

Please read our Frequently Asked Question.


About the National Forum

Founded in 2003 to implement A Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke, the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is a voluntary health organization that leads collaborative policy efforts and builds a collective voice for the prevention of heart disease and stroke. Serving as a catalyst to provide a space and place for multi-sector groups to work together, National Forum membership includes more than 65 national and international organizations representing public and private, health care, advocacy, academic, policy, and community organizations committed to heart disease and stroke prevention. The National Forum drives action among a broad set of stakeholders by convening member organizations and facilitating discussion around topics relevant to reducing heart disease and stroke. Click here to learn more about the National Forum and its other initiatives.

Individuals representing more than 25 US and international organizations contributed to the initial development of the Policy Depot.

The Policy Depot is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Bayer HealthCare.