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Chronic Disease Epidemiology

About Chronic Diseases

Chronic Disease Epidemiology SectionChronic diseases account for seven of the 10 leading causes of death in Michigan and are responsible for a great deal of morbidity and disability. More than 60 percent of Michigan's adult population suffers from a chronic disabling condition, such as arthritis, heart disease, hypertension, or diabetes. In addition, over 95 percent of Michigan adults report behaviors that can lead to many chronic diseases, such as smoking, unhealthy diet, lack of physical activity, and alcohol use.

The MDHHS Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section provides an epidemiologic understanding of prevention, management and control of chronic diseases within Michigan, and supports the surveillance, planning, targeting, and evaluation needs of a variety of departmental programs. The section is housed within the Lifecourse Epidemiology and Genomics Division.

Our Mission and Vision Guide Our Work

CDES staff members are active in a number of key focus areas and produce a wide range of surveillance and epidemiologic products. Our Section's Mission and Vision provide the cornerstones for our day-to-day work in support of chronic disease prevention, management and control efforts throughout the state.

  • CDES Mission: The Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section provides surveillance data to guide evidence-based public health programs and policies to reduce disparities and improve health outcomes in Michigan. The section develops diverse partnerships to raise community awareness and educate stakeholders and the public. (adopted June 2018)
  • CDES Vision: Through epidemiologic methods with a focus on surveillance, evaluation, and quality improvement of care support, we will reduce health disparities and improve health behaviors and outcomes for all Michigan Residents. (adopted September 2018)

To learn more about our work and access the most current surveillance data and epidemiologic findings for a specific chronic disease topic we address, please click on an image or title below or contact our office at 517-335-8806.


Cancer Survivor Tree



Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor
Surveillance System

Chronic Disease Epidemiology Section
Lifecourse Epidemiology &
Genomics Division
Michigan Department of Health
and Human Services
P.O. Box 30195
333 S. Grand Ave.
Lansing, MI 48909-30195

Phone: 517-335-8806

Cancer Genomics

Cancer Genomics



Cardiovascular Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity logo

Cardiovascular Disease

Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity

Oral Health

Oral Health

Michigan Stroke Program