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Nov 22, 2011
Dr. Philip Rodgers, Clinical Pharmacist at Duke University Hospital, for Promoting NDEP Resources and a Team Approach to Diabetes Care in Clinical and Classroom Settings
Dr. Philip Rodgers, a clinical pharmacist at Duke University Hospital, has been promoting a health care team approach for diabetes management—which includes pharmacists—for a number of years. As an NDEP partner, he has promoted the use of NDEP’s web site and products within his clinic, with his students, and with colleagues across the country. Dr. Rodgers was a member of the NDEP’s Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry (PPOD) Work Group, which developed the booklet, Working Together to Manage Diabetes, a guide for pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists, and dental professionals. Dr. Rodgers is currently working with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) to develop a Diabetes Training Certificate Program for pharmacists which will incorporate NDEP’s materials. He is a professional speaker on the diabetes management team approach and speaks to health care professionals across the country.
Projects and Promotions
At the clinic, Dr. Rodgers runs a Diabetes Management Program where he provides diabetes control counseling, uses NDEP resources to help patients gain a better understanding of their disease, and optimizes the use of diabetes medications with physicians.
Due to access to patients, pharmacists often play a vital role in catching foot, eye, or oral complications that may develop and can recommend patients seek out a specialist, like a podiatrist, optometrist, or dentist. Dr. Rodgers is among a growing number of pharmacists who are using a collaborative approach with physicians and other health care providers to score the best outcomes for their patients.
As an NDEP partner, Dr. Rodgers is an advocate of the diabetes team care approach and frequently refers other health care professionals to NDEP’s website. Dr. Rodgers also promotes NDEP’s materials and website in the classroom. A clinical associate professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina, he directs his students to the materials located on the site, including the publication Diabetes Medications Supplement. This handy NDEP reference is a real hit among medical students and practitioners alike because it provides a table of the many medications used to manage blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol and highlights the side effects and precautions of each.
Finally, Dr. Rodgers uses his professional affiliations to stress the importance of including pharmacists in diabetes management. He is often asked to speak at organizations across the country on the subject. Hoping to see more pharmacists become involved in diabetes management and education, he joined an APhA committee tasked with revising its Diabetes Certificate Training. The program, scheduled to be available next year, will incorporate NDEP materials into the training.
For more information, contact Dr. Rodgers at Philip.Rodgers@duke.edu.
Oct 31, 2011
NDEP’s 2011 Partnership Network Meeting held on October 2-3 in Atlanta, Georgia—with over 155 participants—was a great success.
The agenda underscored the meeting theme, Celebrating NDEP Success: Past, Present and Future, starting with an inspiring panel discussion featuring past and present NDEP leaders. Plenary presentations by Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P. and Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D. highlighted current diabetes research and implications for NDEP. Five breakout sessions, including Supporting Behavior Change in Preventing and Managing Diabetes, Using Traditional and Non-Traditional Communication Tools, Addressing Health Disparities, Adapting NDEP Tools to Reach Your Audiences, and Promoting NDEP Resources in Worksite Programs, provided informative presentations on using NDEP resources to address diabetes challenges in communities. The meeting concluded with partner Stakeholder Group meetings that set the stage for NDEP’s work moving forward.
Meeting materials including plenary, breakout, and product discussion PowerPoint presentations and summaries are now available.
Oct 29, 2011
Texas-based Día de la Mujer Latina Adapts NDEP’s Road to Health Toolkit for Bilingual Health Fiesta Training Program
Día de la Mujer Latina (Day of the Latin American Woman) (DML) is a nonprofit, community-based grassroots organization approved by the state of Texas as a sponsored certification training program for promotores (community health workers). DML’s mission is to address the health disparities in the Latino population through its innovative, culturally specific “health fiesta” model. The organization’s strength lies in its coalition and partnership building efforts with community-based organizations, local businesses, regional and national government entities, health care providers, and key stakeholders.
The DML Health Fiesta is designed to bring preventive health care services directly to the community. The bilingual training program consists of eight core competencies. As part of its knowledge-based skills portion, the DML Health Fiesta incorporates chronic disease prevention, using NDEP’s The Road to Health Toolkit as a roadmap.
The goals of the training include teaching participants how to:
- Educate communities about the relationship between cancer, diet, nutrition, fitness, and obesity
- Promote cultural understanding in addressing diet, nutrition, and fitness
- Learn creative methods of communication to help clients to understand risk factors
- Develop and incorporate a culturally relevant nutrition and fitness plan into patients’ lives
During the health fiestas held across Texas in 2011, DML’s promotores were trained by Yajaira Lara, a certified diabetes instructor who also has diabetes. Participants took turns conducting diabetes and hypertension screening using their monitors. Many promotores participated in the educational workshops, while others facilitated the screenings and motivated folks to do a Zumba workout.
As a result of the 2011 health fiestas, 161 promotores were trained using the curriculum in The Road to Health Toolkit, and 52 have gone on to address obesity and conduct screenings (using blood pressure and glucose monitors) in their churches.
For more information, contact Venus Ginés at email@example.com.
Oct 25, 2011
In support of National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day (November 14) this November, the NDEP is promoting the theme “Make a Plan to Prevent Diabetes and Its Complications.” This theme reinforces the need to help people take action and make a plan to achieve lifestyle changes—whether they have diabetes or are at risk for the disease. Many people know what to do to improve their health; it’s figuring out how to do it and fitting it into their daily routine that’s challenging.
It’s Not too Late to Get Involved!
To help partners spread the word, the NDEP has developed National Diabetes Month campaign materials—available in English and Spanish—to help you incorporate NDEP messages and materials in your community outreach efforts. Materials can be adapted for community-based presentations; support groups; office-based or waiting room outreach; and large scale or regional awareness, screening, or media events. Use these NDEP resources to get started today.
Social Media Promotions: Easy, Budget-friendly Ways to Spread the Word!
If you’re looking for low-budget, easy ways to get involved this November, check out NDEP’s social media promotions in support of National Diabetes Month.
Interview with Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of NIDDK
Listen to this National Diabetes Month NIH Audio Report, where Dr. Rodgers stresses the importance of setting goals and making a plan.
Sep 26, 2011
National Latina Health Network Uses Web Channels to Promote NDEP’s National Diabetes Month
The National Latina Health Network (NLHN) promoted NDEP’s messages and materials across a variety of web platforms during National Diabetes Month in November 2010. NLHN worked with popular blogger SoLatina to promote awareness of gestational diabetes (GDM). Working together, NLHN and SoLatina developed an article entitled New Moms Can Prevent Diabetes by Keeping up Healthy Habits. The article encouraged Latina women with a history of GDM to get screened for diabetes and to reach and maintain a healthy weight by being active and making healthy food choices. SoLatina helped spread the word by posting the article on their Facebook page and engaged followers by encouraging them to post comments on the article and share their own experiences with gestational diabetes. By partnering with SoLatina, NLHN was able to spread the word about gestational diabetes to more than 33,000 Latina mothers.
This year, to help partners follow in NLHN’s footsteps and shine a spotlight on diabetes during National Diabetes Month, NDEP has three easy ways for you to get involved:
- Link to the NDEP website: Post NDEP web buttons to your organization’s website and encourage your partners to do the same. Just like NLHN, you can help spread NDEP’s messages simply by linking back to the NDEP website!
- Share our articles: Post one of NDEP’s many ready-to-use articles on your website or in your organization’s newsletter. Follow NLHN’s example and work with a blogger or local media to reach your target audience.
- Engage using social media: Like and comment on Facebook posts, retweet NDEP messages, and share NDEP videos. Engage your social media followers as NLHN and SoLatina did by encouraging them to comment on your National Diabetes Month posts.
For more information about these promotions, contact Marisol Morales at Marisol.firstname.lastname@example.org.