National Diabetes Education Program News & Notes
May 2010
Volume 6, Issue 5

NDEP & ORWH Promote Gestational Diabetes for Mother’s Day & National Women’s Health Week

NDEP is expanding the reach of its gestational diabetes campaign, “It’s Never Too Early…to Prevent Diabetes,” with support from the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH).

NDEP will be engaged in a number of outreach activities throughout the month of May in honor of Mother’s Day and in support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health’s (OWH) National Women’s Health Week (May 9 - 15), a health observance empowering women to make their health a top priority. The activities will raise awareness of the future health risks for women with a history of gestational diabetes and for the children of these pregnancies. We will also promote the steps these women can take to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes.

The goals of this effort are to:

  • Decrease the number of women with a history of gestational diabetes who develop diabetes.
  • Raise awareness of health risks among families with children whose mothers were diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
  • Improve the reach of information and delivery of health care professional counseling regarding future health risks and the importance of adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors among these families.

Media and consumer driven outreach activities include:

What Partners Can Do:

NDEP will continue to promote this campaign throughout the year. Look for more information in upcoming issues of NEWS & NOTES.

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Spotlight on NDEP’s Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care Tool: Resource List

Last month, NDEP launched its new online Transition tool to help teens and young adults with diabetes and their families make a smooth transition to adult health care. Health care professionals will also find this tool, which contains a Checklist, Clinical Summary Page, and a Resource List, helpful.

The Resource List can be viewed by category to find information on key topics or media type to quickly view videos, message boards, social networks, and more. This month in honor of National Women’s Health Week, check out the Parent Resources section of the Resource List, which includes a Toolkit for the Uninsured and Underinsured developed by the National Women’s Health Resource Center. The toolkit contains information about navigating the health care system to help women and their families take an active role in their health care.

Help us continue to promote this exciting new tool! Add a link on your website. Include an announcement in your newsletter or listserv. Or add the PowerPoint slide set to existing presentations.

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Congratulations to the 2010 Frankie Award Winners!

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

On April 13 at the CDC Diabetes Translation Conference, NDEP Chair Marti Funnell, M.S., R.N., C.D.E. and Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., Director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, awarded NDEP Frankie Awards to five programs. The Frankie Awards recognize innovative use of NDEP materials and resources, as well as exemplary promotion and incorporation of NDEP materials and messages into existing programs and activities. This year’s Frankie Award winners are:

  • Use of Media To Promote NDEP: Building Awareness of Diabetes Prevention Through NDEP’s Paso a Paso Radio PSAs, California Diabetes Program
  • Implementation of an NDEP Program through Interpersonal Channels: Diabetes Education Recognition Program, North Carolina Diabetes - Prevention and Control Program
  • Promotion of NDEP Resources to Address Disparities: Diabetes Telehealth Prevention Program, Virginia Center for Diabetes Professional Education, University of Virginia Health System
  • Collaborative Partnership Using NDEP Resources: Virginia Diabetes School Medical Management Plan and Protocol,Virginia Diabetes Council Education and Empowerment Work Group
  • Frank Vinicor Award of Excellence: Diabetes Prevention Program, Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley (California) Diabetes Prevention Program

In addition to the above winners, 14 programs received honorable mention awards. NDEP congratulates all of the winners, and invites you to visit NDEP’s Partner Spotlight webpage in the coming months to learn more about their activities.

NDEP Promotes a Diabetes Control Theme during the Second Quarter

Throughout the second quarter of 2010, NDEP will continue to promote a diabetes control theme and emphasize 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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Updated NDEP Resource

The 2010 Diabetes Numbers At-a-Glance updated reference card is a convenient, pocket-sized guide to help health care professionals diagnose and treat diabetes. Health care professionals can use the card and easily find recommendations from the American Diabetes Association for diagnosing and managing patients with diabetes. The guide also provides treatment goals.

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May is Also Older Americans, Healthy Vision & Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Learn how you can promote important NDEP/diabetes messages as part of these observances taking place in May.

Older Americans Month:

Older Americans Month recognizes the diversity and vitality of today's older Americans. NDEP has resources to support diabetes awareness and education tailored to older adults. We recommend you use the following NDEP resources in your community:

Healthy Vision Month:

Healthy Vision Month is a national eye health observance designed to elevate vision as a health priority for the nation. Check out the National Eye Institute’s Publications Catalog to find brochures, fact sheets, posters, videos, handouts, and other resources you can use to spread the importance of eye health in your community. Also check out NDEP’s Working Together to Manage Diabetes: A Guide for Pharmacists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, and Dental Professionals, which includes a brochure for health care professionals about preventing type 2 diabetes and optometry, and a poster that can be placed in exam or waiting rooms to help patients learn about working with their with their health care team to manage their diabetes.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month:

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. NDEP asks partners to celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders in your community by spreading the word about diabetes control and prevention. NDEP has a number of resources tailored for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which are available in English and 15 Asian languages. 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. The following NDEP resources can be used in your community to spread these messages:

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NDEP Work Group Member, Jaime Torres, Appointed as DHHS Region II Director

Long-time NDEP supporter and Work Group member Jaime Torres, D.P.M., M.S. was appointed by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as the Regional Director of Region II, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. He will serve as a key representative of Secretary Sebelius in working with federal, state, local and tribal officials on a wide range of health and social service issues.

Dr. Torres volunteered his time to NDEP for more than five years. He served as vice-chair for the NDEP Hispanic/Latino Work Group and contributed to other work groups as an ad-hoc member. We thank Jaime for his support of NDEP over the years and congratulate him on this prestigious appointment. We are confident he will continue to spread the word about NDEP in all he does. Well done, Jaime!

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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. 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.

If you have any questions about NDEP’s resources, promotions efforts, and how you might help promote NDEP, please contact Diane Tuncer at

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CDC Announces New National Community-Based Diabetes Prevention Program

At the opening plenary session of the 33rd Annual Diabetes Translation Conference on April 13 in Kansas City, Missouri, CDC announced the launch of its National Diabetes Prevention Program, which is designed to bring evidence-based methods for preventing type 2 diabetes to communities across America. The program supports establishing a network of lifestyle intervention programs to promote moderate weight loss and increased physical activity for those with pre-diabetes.

We know from the Diabetes Prevention Program that lifestyle interventions – losing weight, making healthier food choices, increasing physical activity - can prevent type 2 diabetes. As part of the rollout of the new CDC Program, Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., Director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, announced a historic public-private partnership between CDC, YMCA of the USA and UnitedHealth Group (UHG). The partnership will provide CDC-recognized, UHG-reimbursed lifestyle intervention programs at several YMCAs around the country. YMCA also plans to announce 10 more CDC-funded model sites in May. In the future, CDC will involve additional partners in the program, including organizations that will offer the lifestyle intervention program and third-party payers that will cover the cost of participating.

Click here to watch the plenary session announcement. The webcast will be available through May 13, 2010.

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CDC Updates Funding Opportunity Announcement

On April 20, 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the definitions in the glossary of its recently-announced 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 updated announcement, or click here and search by FOA number CDC-RFA-DP10-1001.

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New from CDC: Stories to Reach, Teach and Heal

CDC’s National Diabetes Wellness Program has developed a new guide, Stories to Reach, Teach and Heal, that illustrates ways health educators can use storytelling to share wisdom and inspire people to develop healthy coping skills and problem-solving abilities. This resource recognizes the power of stories, and was developed with the input of diabetes educators, master storytellers, and people with diabetes.

The free booklet offers guidance on ways to incorporate story sharing into one-on-one or group diabetes education classes, into clinical practice, and in helping patients deal with challenging circumstances. In it you will find suggestions for outreach activities, using story sharing to stimulate discussion of how diabetes affects communities, as well as actions for diabetes prevention and control. Stories to Reach, Teach and Heal includes an audio CD with 11 stories used in the publication, as told by master storyteller and diabetes care advocate Cathy Feste.

This resource is copyright-free and can be reproduced without special permission. Call or email today for your free copy: 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636), 1-888-232-6348 TTY, or

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New Report Findings: The State of Diabetes Among Hispanics

A new report released by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health provides insight on how Hispanics are disproportionately affected by diabetes compared to other racial and ethnic groups, and the risks they face as a result. The State of Diabetes Among Hispanics report includes:

  • An informative summary of diabetes within the Hispanic community, as well as in the United States as a whole;
  • Diabetes risk factors and health care barriers experienced by Hispanics;
  • Diabetes knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors among Hispanics;
  • Examples of successful diabetes outreach and education programs; and,
  • Recommendations in key areas to reduce diabetes among Hispanics and all communities throughout the United States.

Click here to access the report.

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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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