Chronic Disease Prevention Today ... A State Perspective

Three out of every four dollars spent for health care is spent on chronic diseases. For state budgets, the drain is even greater—Medicaid spends 83 cents of every dollar on chronic diseases. This CSG Health Policy Academy focused on chronic diseases, their burden to society and evidence-based strategies for prevention, identification and treatment. Whether it is heart disease, mental health, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease or Hepatitis C, considerable research suggests we can do better for those with these often devastating diseases while also being better stewards of state budgets. State policy strategies were presented to meet the dual goals of improving health outcomes and reducing health care spending.

2013 National Conference

CSG Health Policy Academy
Reducing the Bill for Chronic Diseases
September 18-19, 2013

Three out of every four dollars spent for health care is spent on chronic diseases. For state budgets, the drain is even greater—Medicaid spends 83 cents of every dollar on chronic diseases. This CSG Health Policy Academy focused on chronic diseases, their burden to society and evidence-based strategies for prevention, identification and treatment. Whether it is heart disease, mental health, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease or Hepatitis C, considerable research suggests we can do better for those with these often devastating diseases while also being better stewards of state budgets. State policy strategies were presented to meet the dual goals of improving health outcomes and reducing health care spending.

Presentation by Paula Clayton, MS, RD, LD, Kansas Director of the Bureau of Health Promotion and board member of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

Chronic Disease Prevention Today ... A State Perspective

Paula F. Clayton, MS, RD, LD

Paula F. Clayton has worked as the director of health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs in the Kansas State Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) since 1989. She leads programs responsible for assessing the burden of the leading chronic diseases and injuries in the state, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis, and their risk factors (i.e., tobacco use, physical inactivity and inappropriate diet). She also serves as the state’s voting member of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and has served two terms as at large Board member in addition to serving 11 years as an Executive Board member (Treasurer, Pres Elect, President and Past President).  

Ms. Clayton holds a Master’s degree in Foods and Nutrition from Kansas State University and a bachelor’s of science degree in Nutrition. She is a registered dietitian, licensed to practice in Kansas.  Prior professional work experience includes clinical dietetics, human resources, social services, food retail sales, nutrient research and wholesale food marketing.