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Jul 25, 2011
New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) Diabetes Campaign Hosts Road to Health Trainings
The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is halfway through a five-year campaign that was developed to address the diabetes epidemic in New York state. One goal of the NYSHealth Diabetes Campaign is to build on existing community resources and strengthen their capacity to provide education, screening, and self-management support related to diabetes prevention and care. NYSHealth believes that while there is an abundance of educational information related to diabetes prevention and management, there are not enough qualified educators in the communities that are most affected by diabetes to deliver these messages.
In an effort to promote diabetes education to community health educators, NYSHealth utilized NDEP’s The Road to Health Toolkit to host two one-day Road to Health trainings (one in English and one in Spanish). NYSHealth invited community health workers, nurses, health educators, and dietitians. Criteria for attending the trainings included a basic working knowledge of diabetes, strong leadership skills, and a demonstrated ability to:
- access hard-to-reach populations
- develop trusting relationships with clients
- reflect the linguistic and cultural diversity of the population they serve
- address specific needs, such as adapting health regimens to family and community dynamics
Betsy Rodriguez, R.N, B.S.N., M.S.N., C.D.E., and Alexis Williams, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led the trainings. Participants—35 at each session—also signed up to receive invitations to participate in free monthly NYSHealth Diabetes Campaign webinars on topics, such as diabetes and depression in the Hispanic/Latino community, diet and exercise in diabetes management, diabetes group visits in primary care, foot care, and diabetes care. Participants also received a packet of NYSHealth Diabetes Campaign materials.
As part of the CDC’s and NYSHealth’s efforts to evaluate the training, each participant completed an evaluation form at the conclusion of the training. A sample of the evaluation data showed:
- 90 percent of participants reported being “very satisfied” with the training
- 100 percent of participants reported that the purpose, goals, and objectives of The Road to Health Toolkit were met through the presentation
- 75 percent of participants felt prepared to deliver the messages to people in their community or at their practice site
Due to the overwhelming demand for The Road to Health training, NYSHealth has organized two additional trainings, which will be conducted in Long Island, N.Y., where there is an increased need for diabetes self-management support and education among Hispanic/Latino and American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
For more information about how NYSHealth utilized NDEP’s The Road to Health Toolkit to design training sessions, contact Wanda Montalvo, R.N., M.S.N., A.N.P. at Montalvo@nyshealth.org. To learn more about NYSHealth, visit www.nysdiabetescampaign.org.
The New Hampshire Diabetes Education Program (NHDEP) collaborated with partners and agencies throughout the state to spread NDEP’s National Diabetes Awareness Month 2010 campaign messages, which focused on family health history as a risk factor for diabetes.
NHDEP encouraged community health centers, programs within the Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), and agencies throughout the state to get involved. Participants included agency Wellness Coordinators (WC), the NH Tobacco Prevention Control Program (TPCP), the Public Information Office, the Legislative Branch, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Transportation.
NHDEP assisted the following partners in promoting NDEP’s National Diabetes Awareness Month campaign messages and materials:
- Agency WCs encouraged state employees and their families to engage in diabetes prevention and/ or management behaviors.
- The NH TPCP distributed pledge cards and NDEP’s Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Information for Patients “Fat and Calorie Counter” to coordinate with the November Great American Smokeout campaign.
- NH’s October newsletter for state employees, State of New Hampshire Wellness Program News, and NHDEP’s partner newsletter, New Hampshire Diabetes Digest, included articles promoting NDEP’s campaign initiatives.
- NHDEP, NH TPCP, and DPHS coordinated a campaign kick-off event, which included a training session for WCs focused on the relationship between obesity and diabetes. During the event, the organizations distributed NDEP materials, including, Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Information for Patients, It’s Never Too Early to Prevent Diabetes, 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life., and Help a Loved One with Diabetes.
- NHDEP worked with the Public Information Office to issue a press release based on a template release developed by NDEP. The release featured quotes by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the Director of Public Health Services.
- The Legislative Branch hosted a “Healthy Snack Day.”
- The Department of Agriculture hosted a “Healthy Potluck Contest.”
- The NH Hospital coordinated a wellness fair.
- The Department of Transportation coordinated a Great American Smokeout run/ walk and provided participants with diabetes information.
NHDEP motivated 16 out of 43 state agencies to participate in its overall efforts. This resulted in 185 pledges in honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, 11 displays including NDEP materials in agency buildings, and email updates to state employees.
For additional information about NHDEP’s collaboration efforts, contact Marisa Lara at Marisa.Lara@dhhs.state.nh.us.
Jun 27, 2011The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department Adapts NDEP’s Movimiento DVD for Local Support Group
The Lexington-Fayette County Diabetes Coalition offered to sponsor the new walking DVD project in order to offer a more structured program along with Latin movements to increase physical activity. The purpose of this project was to meet the needs of Spanish-speaking support group members who were struggling to find a tool to help expand their physical activity options. A local Zumba instructor choreographed the Latin steps using six songs from NDEP’s Movimiento por su vida soundtrack, as well as several purchased music tracks. A local film group was contracted to produce and edit the DVD. Support group members practiced several times a week for three months before the DVD was produced. A local dance company donated their space for the video shoot. A total of 500 DVDs were produced for a total expense of $6,500. This low cost reflected the multiple cooperative partners that invested in this project, including: Bluegrass Community Health Center, Kentucky Dance Sport, and the Keeneland Association.
In terms of evaluation, the program continues to track individuals who are using the DVD. Plans are underway to follow up in six months to evaluate how effective the DVD is in promoting daily physical activity.
For more information about this project, please contact Janey Wendschlag, R.N., B.S.N. at Janeyl.Wendschlag@ky.gov.
Deerghayu Foundation Utilizes NDEP’s Road to Health Toolkit in Rural Communities in India
The Deerghayu Foundation is a registered nonprofit organization with locations in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India and Atlanta, Ga. The organization strives to make a difference in India by focusing on helping people make behavior changes to prevent chronic noncommunicable diseases. The foundation strongly believes in its motto, “Outreach, Innovate, and Prevent Lifestyle Diseases,” and reaches communities in inner cities and villages with innovative training methods where health care and knowledge about lifestyle diseases are often scarce. Since its inception in the spring of 2010, the foundation has reached more than 2,000 people in south eastern Rajasthan. To learn more about the foundation or to see videos and photos of the training sessions, click here.
The foundation conducted a door-to-door survey in six districts of south eastern Rajasthan to identify health needs in the community. Survey questions focused on hypertension and diabetes prevalence, family health history, awareness of diseases, frequency of medical care, and use of alternative medicine. The survey results guided the development and design of a comprehensive pilot program for diabetes awareness and behavior change—a challenge in a large country area with very few doctors and no system of diabetes educators. A comprehensive review of existing diabetes tools guided the foundation to NDEP’s resources that address the needs of communities, particularly those targeting non-health care professionals. The goal of the pilot program is to evaluate the process of adapting NDEP’s Road to Health Toolkit to the needs of diabetes and hypertension detection camps at inner-city areas, remote villages, workplaces, residential complexes, and community centers.
The foundation has developed and utilized several educational tools including the Road to Health Toolkit. The foundation utilized the toolkit through a special camp that was organized for professors of the Meera Girls College. Classes were implemented in rural communities to provide tips for healthy eating and disease prevention. Plans are underway to adapt and customize the toolkit in Hindi and Gujarati languages and to the appropriate skill level of rural health care workers.
Results & Lessons Learned
Despite many health care system challenges for diabetes education and care that India is facing, participants at the clinic appreciate the “Traffic Light Method” and the way a human story is conveyed by a brother and sister pair. The key message of this toolkit—prevention—is very positive and is appreciated by the participants in the Indian culture. To date, more than 300 people in India have been educated using this toolkit.
For more information about this effort, contact Anand Chaturvedi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jun 20, 2011
Living with diabetes or the risk of diabetes is not easy. It’s common to feel overwhelmed, sad, or angry. Many people may know what to do to improve their health; it’s figuring out how to do it that’s challenging. For example, people know that being physically active can help them lose weight. But they may not know how to take the necessary steps to become more physically active and keep it up over time. NDEP’s redesigned Diabetes HealthSense (formerly known as the Support for Behavior Change Resource) is an online library of resources compiled by NDEP to help people figure out how to make lifestyle changes and cope with the demands of diabetes. Resources in Diabetes HealthSense have been reviewed by independent experts on psychosocial issues and the behavior change process.
Also included in Diabetes HealthSense is the first in a series of three- to five-minute videos focused on helping people make lifestyle changes and cope with the demands of diabetes. The initial rollout of the video series will address the following topics:
- Managing Type 2 Diabetes
- Preventing Diabetes: Maintaining a Healthy Weight
- Living with Diabetes: Finding the Support You Need
- Preventing Type 2 Diabetes
- Setting Goals to Improve Your Health
Jun 02, 2011
National Men’s Health Week (June 13-19) is celebrated each year the week leading up to and including Father’s Day (June 19). In observance of National Men’s Health Week, help NDEP spread the word about diabetes prevention and control in men. In the United States, there are an estimated 13 million men aged 20 or older with diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes and many more who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. That’s nearly 12 percent of males over the age of 20 in the U.S. If left undiagnosed or untreated, men with diabetes can face serious health problems associated with diabetes, such as heart attack and stroke. Diabetes can also lead to erectile dysfunction, kidney disease, loss of a toe or foot, and blindness.
Check out NDEP’s resources to help the men in your community prevent or manage their disease. Encourage men in your community to manage their diabetes with NDEP’s article, “ATTENTION MEN! Control Your Diabetes For Life... And For Your Family.” Share the real-life examples of Haywood—a father of two working hard to manage his type 2 diabetes—and David—who shares his “rules of the game” when it comes to managing his type 1 diabetes. Listen as Haywood and David discuss their strategies for managing their diabetes. Promote their stories with the Family Health History: Haywood & Family, Managing Diabetes: David, and Managing Diabetes: Haywood posters.
May 23, 20112011 Frankie Awards
CDC’s annual Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) Frankie Awards, named in honor of Frank Vinicor, M.D., former director of CDC’s DDT and a founder of NDEP, recognize exemplary promotion and use of NDEP materials and messages in the past calendar year (2010). Awardees were honored during a ceremony on April 11 as part of the DDT meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. The Frankies are competitively judged and awarded in five categories: Use of Media to Promote NDEP, Implementation of an NDEP Program or Activity in the Community, Promotion of NDEP Resources to Address Disparities, Collaborative Partnership Using NDEP Resources, and the Frank Vinicor Award of Excellence.
Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
“Know the ABCs of Diabetes”
Use of Media to Promote NDEP – Use of traditional and nontraditional, broadcast, print, electronic, social, or other media to promote diabetes prevention and/or control using NDEP resources
The purpose of this activity was to raise awareness of the ABCs of diabetes (as measured by A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol) and the importance of managing them for people with diabetes. The target audience was people with diabetes, with emphasis on the high-risk Appalachian and African-American populations. Raising awareness of the ABCs of diabetes through multiple channels encouraged those with diabetes to learn what their ABCs are and to make the necessary behavior changes (i.e., diet/physical activity modifications) to manage their diabetes and reduce the risks for diabetes complications. The Kentucky Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (KDPCP) and partners conducted a variety of activities to promote NDEP’s diabetes control (ABC) campaign messages and materials. Many media venues were used throughout the state including: billboards, television and radio programs, marquee/wall boards, newsletter and newspaper articles, material distribution, and websites. NDEP feature articles were distributed monthly by the KDPCP and Kentucky Diabetes Network Patient Education Work Group to all partners to be placed in local newsletters, newspapers, and magazines. Many NDEP materials, such as 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life.; If You Have Diabetes, Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers; Tips to Help You Stay Healthy and Take Care of Your Heart. Manage Your Diabetes., were distributed at health fairs and through displays, and diabetes classes. In addition, NDEP’s Know Your Diabetes ABCs Just Like You Know Your Other Numbers and You Don’t Need to Be a Superhero to Manage Your Diabetes. You Need to Control Your ABCs. messages were used on billboards. Also, “Managing diabetes is not easy, but it’s worth it to prevent or delay complications!” and other ABCs of diabetes messages were placed on payroll stubs or used as payroll stuffers. Several television and radio programs on the importance of knowing one’s ABCs and managing them were presented by diabetes staff from local health departments across the state. Many were broadcast in conjunction with and promoted local community diabetes activities. The KDPCP and partners report activities through the web-based CATALYST Diabetes. As of December 31, 2010, total exposure to diabetes control messages was reported as 27,809,604.
Utah Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Alliance Community Services, National Tongan American Society, Utah Nutrition Council, Tooele County Local Health Department, and Utah County Local Health Department
“Go Local with NDEP!”
Implementation of an NDEP Program or Activity in the Community – Use of NDEP resources to provide heath education one-on-one or in a group, such as in a health care, worksite, school, faith-based, or other community setting
The purpose of this activity was to market NDEP materials and conduct activities using NDEP resources, while allowing community leaders to use their creativity. The Utah Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) subscribes to the idea that messages heard from someone who is an actual member of the community will have a greater impact than messages that come from agencies that are less connected to the community. The target audiences included Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander, and American Indian communities; uninsured residents; and Utah county residents. This multi-community project was developed to encourage healthier lifestyles and self-management behaviors for people with and at risk for diabetes. The Utah DPCP funded the Utah county and Tooele county local health departments to develop diabetes coalitions and pilot test NDEP campaigns. The coalitions were comprised of diabetes professionals, community leaders, and people with diabetes. The coalitions were charged with adapting and disseminating NDEP messages and materials that suited the characteristics of their unique populations. To further encourage diabetes awareness through the use of NDEP materials, the Utah DPCP solicited applications from community organizations that worked with at risk Utahans. The Utah DPCP encouraged creativity and provided seed funding to assist successful applicants in their efforts. Each organization carefully tracks the number and types of NDEP materials distributed, and the estimated number of people reached. The Utah DPCP will publish the adapted NDEP materials on its website and announce their availability through its listserv. To date, this campaign has reached approximately 9,390 individuals directly. Among those, about 1,215 were diabetes professionals or community leaders who work with racial/ethnic minorities or other underserved populations at risk for diabetes. Therefore, the indirect reach is much greater.
Nevada Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
“Road to a Healthier You” in English and Spanish
Promotion of NDEP Resources to Address Disparities – Use of NDEP resources to address populations disproportionately burdened by diabetes (e.g., racial/ethnic minorities, people of low socioeconomic status, rural populations, women, and people in some regions of the country)
The purpose of this activity was to decrease the risk of developing diabetes and its complications in the Hispanic/Latino population through a six-week, community-based diabetes education program. The program was developed to empower self-management, increase physical activity, and promote healthy weight and appropriate preventive medical care. The focus was to create an environmental change in Hispanic/Latino communities in Nevada. Clark County, located in Las Vegas, is the lead program with expansion to northern and rural Nevada. A six-week diabetes self-management and prevention course using NDEP’s Road to Health Toolkit in English and Spanish and the U.S. Conversation Maps, also available in English and Spanish, was developed. Evaluation is being conducted at pre- and post-course and three-month and six-month intervals to determine changes in self-efficacy and health behavior change.
California Diabetes Program
World Diabetes Day California State Capitol lighting event
Collaborative Partnership Using NDEP Resources – Partnership between work groups, non-profit, private, and/or government organizations to disseminate materials or implement public health initiatives using NDEP resources
This activity was a diabetes prevention and control public awareness and education event. The target audiences were people with and at risk for diabetes, health care decision makers, policy makers, and the media. This activity addressed risk reduction for diabetes and diabetes complications through healthy eating and physical activity. As a part of the World Diabetes Day campaign, the collaboration of partners recognized the need for diabetes awareness and education within the state of California. Information provided by the California Diabetes Program helped assess the need to plan and implement the event, and the World Diabetes Day campaign guided the collaboration to develop the event activities. NDEP messages, curricula, and materials helped to structure the event’s promotional materials, resources and public relations information. Through a partnership of the American Diabetes Association’s regional office in Sacramento, the California Diabetes Program, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Sutter Health Foundation, private industry, and several Sacramento community-based organizations, public awareness outreach was planned and implemented. For instance, these organizations developed and obtained a state Governor’s Proclamation for diabetes awareness and hosted an event on the steps of the capitol. The event included more than 300 attendees, health fair exhibits, healthy food sampling, Jazzercise, soul line dancing, and inspiring speakers. This event was the perfect opportunity to feature NDEP’s messages, materials, and information, including the Power to Prevent: A Family Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes Prevention curriculum, the Power to Control Diabetes Is in Your Hands brochure, Small Steps, Big Rewards. Prevent Type 2 Diabetes and Control Your Diabetes. For Life. campaign materials, It’s Not Too Late to Prevent Diabetes, More Than 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes, Prevengamos la diabetes tipo 2. Paso a paso, and the Tips for Kids and Tips for Teens tip sheet series. More than 300 people attended the event. In addition, the event was featured on the evening news of six local news stations. The Governor’s Proclamation was featured on the state of California’s website and the event was promoted through the World Diabetes Day and California Diabetes Program’s websites.
Utah Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Alliance Community Services, National Tongan American Society, Utah Nutrition Council, Tooele County Local Health Department, and Utah County Local Health Department
“Go Local with NDEP!”
Frank Vinicor Award of Excellence - This is the highest award given by NDEP and is for exemplary use or adaptation of NDEP resources in a comprehensive, multifaceted initiative to address behavior change
For program details, see “Implementation of an NDEP Program or Activity in the Community” description above.
Use of Media to Promote NDEP:
- Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes Media Campaigns
U.S. Virgin Islands Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
- Reaching People Where They Are… For Good Health
Alabama Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
Debra Griffin, LaMont Pack, Sally Palmer, Karl Bryant, Kathy Blaze , Pam Craig, Demetra Peoples, Representative Mary Sue McClerkin, Mayor Omar Neal, Lillie Hall, Benjamin Moreira, Carolyn Bern, Arrol Sheehan, Takenya Taylor, Farmers Convention staff, Alabama Department of Environmental Management staff, Montgomery Therapeutic Center staff, and Maxwell Air Force Base
Implementation of an NDEP Program or Activity in the Community:
- Taking Ownership of Your Diabetes
University of Kentucky
Margaret E. Cook-Newell, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., C.D.E.; Hazel Forsythe, Ph.D., R.D., L.D., C.F.C.S.; Irene Hong-McAtee, M.D., M.C.R.; Laura Hieronymus, M.S. Ed., A.P.R.N., B.C.-A.D.M., C.D.E.; Stephen D. Perry, M.S., R.D., L.D.; Pam Sigler, M.S.; Lynn Blankenship, M.S.; Cheryl Case, M.S.; Ann Hollon; Theresa Scott, M.S.; Tamara Thomas M.S.; and Adrienne Glodt
Promotion of NDEP Resources to Address Disparities:
- Cenando con Diabetes en Pennsylvania
Penn State Cooperative Extension
- Healthy Communities Start with You
National Kidney Foundation of Michigan
Jodi Burke, Art Franke, Laurie Gustafson, Ruth Kaleniecki, Kristie King, Wendy Lombard,
Jerry Yee, M.D., Michigan Department of Community Health, CHASS-REACH Detroit, Henry Ford Health Systems, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, Detroit Area Agency on Aging, Health Alliance Plan, Omnicare Health Plan, Greater Detroit Area Health Council, Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, Wayne County Department of Public Health, federally-qualified health centers, area primary care providers, hospital and physician associations, senior centers, faith-based and other community groups that refer participants to the programs
- The Links to Chronic Kidney Disease: Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Family History community program
Wisconsin Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
Collaborative Partnership Using NDEP Resources:
- La Familia Diabetes Prevention Awareness and Screening Exhibit in St. Paul, Minn.
Minnesota Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
Marsha Hughes, HealthEast Diabetes Care System and St. Paul Lion’s Club; Sheryl Grover, Minneapolis-St. Paul YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program; Rita Mays, Minnesota Diabetes Program; and Minnesota Department of Health
- The Ohio Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) Collaboration
Division of Family and Community Health Services, the Office of Healthy Ohio Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, and the State Epidemiology Office
- The Massachusetts Diabetes Education Program Coalition: Working Together to Manage Diabetes
Massachusetts Diabetes Education Program
Alabama Department of Public Health Partners with NDEP for Diabetes Campaigns
The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Wellness Program promoted its Walk at Work campaign during National Diabetes Awareness Month in November 2010. The campaign was endorsed by the state health officer and supervisors from each of the bureaus and divisions at the health department, located at the RSA Tower in Montgomery, Ala. Throughout the month, during 9:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. breaks, a supervisor was scheduled to walk with employees who were interested in walking during the break. The walks consisted of approximately 800 employees separated into groups of three to five. Employees walked for 15 minutes, at least three times a week. The program provided 900 copies of NDEP’s More Than 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes tip sheet and 650 copies of NDEP’s It’s Not too Late to Prevent Diabetes tip sheet to participants. These materials were shared with 11 public health area sites in the state of Alabama Worksite Wellness Program.
Through a collaboration with its Social Marketing department, Walmart, and Murphy Gas stations, the Alabama Department of Public Health developed another campaign, Gas Pump Toppers, which raised awareness of the signs and symptoms of diabetes as well as the complications. As part of the campaign, the Alabama Diabetes Program developed and marketed gas pump topper billboards. The ads also were included in the Alabama Pharmacy Association’s APA Journal and the Alabama health newsletter. From September through November 2010, Gas Pump Topper billboards were displayed at 120 gas stations across the state of Alabama, reaching more than 25 million people. During the month of December, Diabetes Program staff was interviewed on WFSA-TV NBC Channel 12 to discuss family health history as an important risk factor for developing diabetes.
Finally, on March 16, 2011, the Diabetes and Cardiovascular Health programs co-sponsored a satellite conference targeting the mental health community with a focus on preventing metabolic syndrome.
For more information about these promotions, contact Debra Griffin at Debra.email@example.com or (334) 206-2066.