National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
April 2010
Volume 6, Issue 4

Thank You to NDEP Partners!

National Volunteer Week is April 18-24, and NDEP would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of our volunteer partners. Without you, NDEP would not be able to fulfill its goal to reduce the burden of diabetes in the U.S. by speaking with a common voice on issues of diabetes prevention and control. NDEP is successful only because of our partnerships – partnerships fueled by active volunteers. Check out what our partners are doing by visiting NDEP’s Partner Spotlight webpage.

Most recently, in support of American Diabetes Association Alert Day SM, NDEP partners across the country promoted awareness about diabetes risk, and leveraged findings from NDEP’s 2008 Survey of the Public’s Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Related to Diabetes. We received media coverage of Alert Day and the survey on websites, blogs and in newspapers, including an article in Indian Country Today.

NDEP’s Chair, Marti Funnell, M.S., R.N., C.D.E., participated in a national Radio Media Tour (RMT) on March 11, where she highlighted NDEP findings that most people see diabetes risk factors for others, not themselves. Interviews with Ms. Funnell were aired on 265 stations – more than 522 times – reaching more than 2.8 million listeners nationwide. Click here to listen to an excerpt from the RMT.

March also was National Nutrition Month, during which the National Latina Health Network promoted NDEP’s Más que comida, es vida resources through the social media. Click here to see how they used Facebook to promote NDEP.

Keep up the good work, and thank you!

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New NDEP Resource Helps with the Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care

Transition from pediatric to adult health care can be a challenge for teens and young adults with diabetes, their parents and pediatric and adult health care providers. NDEP’s new Transition Resource provides tools to help with the transition process. This resource contains a Checklist, Patient Clinical Summary Page, and Resource List.

  • The Checklist includes a timeline to guide the diabetes transition planning process and suggests key action steps for completing various aspects of the transition process.
  • The Patient Clinical Summary is an at-a-glance document to support the new adult care team and provides helpful information such as a list of the patient’s current medical problems, insulin types, self-monitoring, history of DKA, and patient/family comments.
  • The Resource List offers additional online resources such as videos, message boards, social networks, workbooks, checklists, guides, and books.

Help NDEP promote this new tool:

  • Include an announcement and link in your organization’s newsletter
  • Include information in a presentation that you are giving. Click here to view NDEP’s PowerPoint slides on this resource. You can download the slides as an entire presentation, or add individual slides to your own presentation.  
  • Promote to your members via your organization’s listserv
  • Post messages on your organization’s Facebook and Twitter pages 

Stay tuned to coming issues of NEWS & NOTES as we continue to build on this tool in time for summer graduation and back-to-school season.

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NDEP’s No. 1 Prevention Resource Now Available in Spanish!

Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes is now available in Spanish. This three-booklet package helps people assess their risk for developing diabetes and implement a program to prevent or delay the onset of the disease. The package includes a booklet on diabetes prevention, an activity tracker, and a fat and calorie counter. (Please note that the fat and calorie counter is only available to order by mail).

If you are attending the 2010 CDC DDT Conference, stop by the NDEP booth for your free copy!

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NDEP Frankies to be Awarded April 13 in Kansas City

Join us for this year’s Frankie Award Ceremony at the start of the 2010 CDC DDT Conference. Discover what’s new with the Frankie Awards. Applaud the successes of your colleagues and learn about effective ways to use NDEP resources! Hear about the innovative and effective health communication and education activities. Join in the fun - door prizes will be awarded throughout the ceremony!

The awards will be given on Tuesday, April 13th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at The Westin Crown Center, Century C Conference Room, Kansas City, MO.

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NDEP Promotes a Diabetes Control Theme during the Second Quarter

Throughout the second quarter of 2010, NDEP will be promoting a diabetes control theme, emphasizing the importance of making a plan to manage diabetes. Here are some ways you can help extend NDEP’s reach during the second quarter and promote the diabetes control theme:

  1. Distribute Managing Diabetes PSAs to your local newspaper and magazines, use them in your newsletter, or send them to area churches to put in their bulletins.
  2. Post a link to the Managing Diabetes podcasts on your website.
  3. Repost, retweet, and share links to NDEP’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube channels.
  4. Use some or all of the NDEP products below to support these promotions by distributing at health fairs, conferences, or educational sessions, or using social media:

New partner resource! NDEP has created an At-a-Glance document that provides a quick snapshot of what NDEP is doing throughout the year. The NDEP 2010 Outreach and Promotion Plan: At-a-Glance is located on the Partner & Community Organizations webpage of the NDEP website. Check out the document to get ideas for how to incorporate diabetes/NDEP messages and materials in any of your own promotional activities throughout the year. This document will be updated throughout the year - so keep checking back!

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Register Today for the 2010 CDC DDT Conference

2010 Diabetes Translation Conference, April 13-16, 2010, Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, MO.

Final count down! Only a few more days left before the CDC Diabetes Translation Conference 2010, April 13-16, “Looking to 2020: Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize of Diabetes Prevention and Control.” The conference will take place in Kansas City, MO.

Are you in need of CEU credits? April 14 and 15 will feature a variety of trainings, including an NDEP Toolkit Café which will allow you to interact with several of NDEP’s latest resources.

For more information or to register, visit the CDC Diabetes Translation Conference Information Website.

CDC Announces Funding Opportunity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new funding opportunity (CDC-RFA-DP10-1001) for a program to reduce morbidity and premature mortality and eliminate health disparities associated with diabetes. The “National Program to Eliminate Diabetes-related Disparities in Vulnerable Populations” will fund organizations to mobilize community partners in three communities and assist them to effectively plan, develop, implement, and evaluate community-based interventions to reduce the risk factors that influence the disproportionate burden of diabetes in vulnerable populations in communities across the country.

This funding is expected to strengthen the reach and impact of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation’s programs to address diabetes-related health disparities, including the joint CDC/NIH-sponsored NDEP, by supporting the incorporation of NDEP messages, materials, and tools into comprehensive diabetes-related interventions at the community level. These efforts will include health system-related and social/environmental/policy/systems approaches, and communication/education interventions as appropriate, with communication/education efforts incorporating and evaluating the effectiveness of NDEP resources.

Applications are due May 12, 2010. Click here to view the announcement.

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April is National Minority Health & Foot Health Awareness Month

April is a busy month! It is National Minority Health Month and Foot Health Awareness Month. Read on to learn how you can promote important NDEP/diabetes messages as part of these observances.

National Minority Health Month:

NDEP has a variety of resources to support diabetes awareness and education efforts tailored to minority populations, including American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, African Americans, and Hispanics/Latinos. We encourage partners to visit the NDEP Publications webpage, go to the “Find Publications for Me” box on the left side of the page, and select Ethnicity/Race and Language. Feel free to use these resources in your community!

Foot Health Awareness Month:

NDEP asks partners to spread the message of the importance of taking care of your feet if you have diabetes. NDEP recommends the following resources:

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Mark Your Calendars: NDEP Resources You Can Use

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. Submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2010.

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.

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On the Road with NDEP

Stop by and visit NDEP at the following upcoming presentations and exhibits:

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