In NDEP’s second Survey of the Public’s Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Regarding Diabetes in 2008, key findings don’t bode well for our nation’s struggle to stem the epidemic of type 2 diabetes by getting people to understand their risk for diabetes. While many people are aware of diabetes risk factors such as being overweight and physically inactive, a disconnect remains because people still don’t see themselves at risk for diabetes, despite having these risk factors. However, one significant risk factor that people do recognize as putting them at increased risk for type 2 diabetes is having a family history of diabetes.
NDEP will be reaching out to media this month to promote results from the survey, and urge people -especially those with a family history of diabetes – to assess their risk for the disease by taking the diabetes Risk Test on American Diabetes Association Alert DaySM , March 23. Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day “wake up” call to inform Americans about the seriousness of diabetes. NDEP Chair Martha Funnell, M.S., R.N., C.D.E. will be featured in an upcoming Radio Media Tour to help promote this effort and discuss the survey.
Coming soon! Partners interested in supporting this effort will be able to access the materials listed below by visiting the “What’s New” section on the right side of the NDEP website.
For more information about NDEP’s media outreach efforts, feel free to contact Diane Tuncer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the links below for more information about diabetes in your state:
Throughout the first quarter of 2010, NDEP has been promoting a family history theme to raise awareness of family history as a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
In addition to promoting the family history message on/around American Diabetes Alert Day, here are some additional ways you can help extend NDEP’s reach during the first quarter and promote the family history theme:
NDEP will promote a diabetes control theme in the second quarter of the year. Stay tuned for the April issue of NEWS & NOTES for ways you can promote the theme.
When it comes to helping people understand their risk for diabetes, such as family history, it is also important to help people understand their risk of diabetes-related complications, such as kidney disease. In observance of National Kidney Month, NDEP asks partners to encourage people in your community to learn about the link between diabetes and kidney disease and to find out if they are at risk for kidney disease. NDEP recommends the following resources:
In upcoming issues of News & Notes, we will continue to highlight how some of our partners promoted the Managing Diabetes: It’s not Easy, but It’s Worth it campaign in November 2009 for National Diabetes Awareness Month, and share partner tips so you can promote NDEP in your community, too.
The following partners promoted NDEP on their websites and in their e-newsletter:
Check out NDEP’s Partner Spotlight webpage for more examples of partner initiatives to promote NDEP. Hats off to our NDEP partners for helping spread the word about diabetes control and prevention!
NDEP’s Support for Behavior Change Resource (SBCR) is looking for your recommendations! If you have additional research articles, tools, or programs that you think should be included in the SBCR, click here for instructions on submitting materials and to download the online submission form.
For those of you who haven’t yet had a chance to review this resource, NDEP encourages you to visit the Tools and Programs section which includes links to more than 100 tools and programs that provide useful information to help people make and sustain important lifestyle changes.
The 2010 CDC DDT Conference is just around the corner! The meeting is slated for April 13-16 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, MO. The theme this year is “Looking to 2020: Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize of Diabetes Prevention and Control.” The DDT Conference brings together hundreds of your colleagues, friends, and partners, all focused on the fight against diabetes. Make sure you are part of this group.
What’s on the agenda? Plenary presenters will address diabetes prevention – research to practice, built environments, screening across the life stages, and healthcare reform. Twelve symposia or concurrent sessions will address health disparities, community intervention, media and technology, evaluation, and much more. Two sessions will offer training on NDEP toolkits, health literacy, social media, advocacy, and collaboration. It’s your chance to learn about, and apply, innovative and crosscutting initiatives in public health.
And don’t forget the Frankie Awards ceremony on March 13! Don’t miss the showcase of innovative NDEP programs and activities. Register online today at www.cdc.gov/diabetes/conferences/index.htm.
Consumers now have access to encyclopedic health information on the go! The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the launch of Mobile MedlinePlus, a streamlined, mobile resource featuring a subset of the trusted information from the main MedlinePlus website. Both English- and Spanish-language versions of the website are available. The information provided includes:
NDEP encourages partners to share this information with your organization, colleagues, and patients.
In future issues of NEWS & NOTES look for NDEP promotional tools that are ready for you to personalize, customize, and distribute. For example, use our printer-ready public service announcements to make diabetes posters for upcoming events, health fairs, or your office. Use our customizable campaign resources and community toolkits to promote diabetes awareness in your community. Or take our feature articles, press releases and media advisories, and public service announcements, and add your organization’s logo.
Using social media? So are we! Don’t forget to follow NDEP on Twitter @NDEP, become a fan on Facebook, and look for our videos on YouTube. Check out this video series that NDEP created with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Feel free to “re-tweet” and share NDEP posts with your social media friends!
By using our promotional tools, everybody wins. Your constituents receive important health information, your organization receives good publicity, and you help NDEP continue to be the nation’s No. 1 resource for free information and materials on diabetes control and prevention. NEWS & NOTES features resources that tie into quarterly promotions and can help us promote NDEP together.
Stop by and visit NDEP at the following upcoming presentations and exhibits:
2010 CDC Diabetes Translation Conference*
April 13-16, 2010, Kansas City, MO
April 13-16 – Judith McDivitt, Ph.D. and Betsy Rodriguez, M.S.N., C.D.E. will present a poster entitled, “National Diabetes Education Program Resources for Public Health Implementers.”
April 14, 3:00-5:00 p.m. - Betsy Rodriguez, M.S.N, C.D.E. and Alexis Williams, M.P.H., C.H.E.S. will lead a workshop entitled, “NDEP Toolkit Café – Facilitating Resource Implementation in Organizations Serving Ethnic Minority Populations.”
April 15 - Judith McDivitt, Ph.D., Michelle Owens-Gary, Ph.D., and Sarah Lewis, M.P.H., C.H.E.S. will present a session entitled, “Using Health Promotion Theory and Existing Market Research Data to Inform Diabetes Communication and Education Strategies.”
April 16, 9:15-10:45 a.m. - Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D. will present sessions entitled, “Empowering Adolescents, Young Adults and Their Families to Effectively Manage Diabetes,” and “Diabetes Management. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.”
April 16 – Carolyn Jenkins, Richard Kropp, Marinelle Payton, and Terry Womack will present a panel entitled, “Collaborative Partnerships for Improved Diabetes Prevention and Control: Lessons Learned Using NDEP Materials.”
*Please note that presenters and dates at DDT are subject to change as the agenda is being finalized.