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The Alabama Department of Public Health’s Diabetes Program Uses NDEP Resources to Raise Awareness of Family Health History as a Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes

Background

Healthy Babies CoalitionThe Alabama Department of Public Health’s (ADPH) Diabetes Program collaborates with partners within and outside of the Department to help people delay or prevent type 2 diabetes and to reduce complications related to the disease. The program promotes a variety of topics, including nutrition, physical activity, weight loss, smoking cessation, recommended influenza and pneumococcal vaccines, foot exams, and eye exams. The ADPH Diabetes Program regularly uses resources from the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) to reach its target audiences with information about these important diabetes topics.

Outreach and Promotions

Healthy Babies Coalition In support of American Diabetes Association Alert Day® in March, the ADPH Diabetes Program used NDEP resources to raise awareness of family health history as a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. NDEP materials were used to support the ADPH Diabetes Program’s objective to make department employees aware of their risk for type 2 diabetes, and to encourage employees at risk to talk with their doctor about steps they can take to delay or prevent the disease. NDEP messages and materials were also used in their outreach to families in Alabama.

To kick off the promotion with employees, the ADPH Diabetes Program used NDEP messaging in an email broadcast to nearly 3,800 employees statewide. The email included links to NDEP resources such as the Diabetes Risk Test, NDEP’s 4 Questions You Should Ask Your Family About Diabetes & Family Health History, and NDEP’s Family Health History Quiz. As a result, many employees contacted the ADPH Diabetes Program for more diabetes information, including one employee who requested additional NDEP diabetes prevention publications to share with family members at an upcoming family gathering.

The ADPH Diabetes Program also conducted media outreach as part of its Diabetes Alert Day efforts. Mr. Lamont Pack, Director of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Unit, participated in a television interview with WAKA TV – CBS 8 Morning News about Diabetes Alert Day where he shared important diabetes risk messages and encouraged viewers to take the Diabetes Risk Test. Mr. Pack also provided NDEP’s phone number and website (www.YourDiabetesInfo.org). The interview reached approximately 12,240 households in Alabama.

Visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/FamilyHistory for free diabetes prevention information and resources from the NDEP. To learn more about the ADPH Diabetes Program’s activities, visit http://www.adph.org/diabetes/Default.asp?id=861 or contact Mr. Pack at Lamont.Pack@adph.state.al.us.


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