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February Partner Spotlight

Howard University Diabetes Treatment Center Utilizes NDEP Materials to Screen, Treat, Educate Local Residents

Diabetes Treatment Center Community Outreach

Background

The Diabetes Treatment Center at Howard University Hospital, through a grant from the District of Columbia Department of Health, used a medical mobile unit to screen for diabetes and treat and educate people living with diabetes in Washington, D.C. The medical mobile unit is equipped with an electronic medical record that allows nurses, dietitians, and physicians to evaluate and treat patients in the community. The population served is largely African Americans living in the metropolitan area. As part of their education efforts, NDEP’s Power to Prevent: A Family Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes Prevention curriculum was utilized to plan and present their Pre-diabetes Education Workshop. In addition, NDEP’s It’s Not Too Late to Prevent Diabetes and More Than 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes handouts were regularly utilized in their community outreach efforts.

With the establishment of group medical visits, the center has found that NDEP’s More Than 50 Ways tip sheet and Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Diabetes Food and Activity Tracker were great tools to help encourage entire families to participate in the prevention and care of diabetes. In addition to hard copy resources, the center is using a web-based educational portal that allows patients to access other NDEP resources such as the If You Have Diabetes, Know Your Blood Sugar Numbers tip sheet and the “Five Facts About Diabetes” feature article, which includes a byline from Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Results

All of these activities have improved patients’ diabetes care knowledge. This has resulted in an average A1C reduction of 1.33 from a baseline of 9.68 percent to 8.35 percent in the 141 patients reviewed from January to December 2010 who have participated in the diabetes education program using many of the NDEP materials.

For more information about this activity, contact Gail Nunlee-Bland, M.D. at gnunlee-bland@howard.edu or (202) 865-3350.


CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Expands Its Promotion of NDEP Materials

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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (CareFirst), the largest health care insurer in the mid-Atlantic region, serving nearly 3.4 million members in Maryland, D.C. and northern Virginia, recently expanded its promotion of NDEP resources. Headquartered in Owings Mills, Maryland, CareFirst offers disease management programs for members with diabetes and other chronic diseases. My Care First website provides members with a range of health tools and other online educational resources. At www.carefirst.com/diabetes, users can find a series of diabetes topics and links to additional resources, including the NDEP, NIDDK, National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, and CDC.

Earlier this year, CareFirst expanded its online resources for members by adding new NIDDK and NDEP links to its website, which draws more than 1,000 visitors daily. Among these links visitors can find:

For several years, CareFirst has been featuring its co-branded version of the NDEP Spanish-language prevention tip sheet, Paso a Paso, at local events such as community and faith-based health fairs.

Joanne Drummond of the CareFirst health communications office said colleagues also promote NDEP resources in webinars for employers on workplace wellness. “What we really love about NDEP said is we can reproduce your material, and we know it’s reliable,” said Drummond.

For additional information, please contact Drummond at 410-998-5612, or joanne.drummond@carefirst.com.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ® Registered trademark of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ®' Registered trademark of CareFirst of Maryland, Inc.


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