NDEP Task Groups are small groups of NDEP partners convened to accomplish specific projects or tasks from NDEP’s yearly strategic plan in a specified period of time. As Task Groups complete their charge, Task Groups are dissolved, but Task Group members are encouraged to remain in the NDEP Partnership Network.
When new Task Groups are formed, the NDEP will reach out to its Partnership Network to solicit nominations based on criteria established for a particular task. Partners with experience related to a specific task are encouraged to self-nominate – or nominate other individuals who can contribute to the work of the NDEP Task Group.
As of January 2013, examples of NDEP Task Groups include:
New Beginnings Task Group
Goal: to develop supporting materials using a storytelling approach to include in the New Beginnings discussion guide for health and diabetes educators to use with African American families and replace materials dependent on The Debilitator movie. The task group is expected to complete its development work and pretesting by Spring 2013. By January 2014, NDEP staff will have launched an implementation and promotion plan and a thorough evaluation effort should be in place in coordination with the Evaluation Task Group.
PPOD Primer Task Group
Goal: to update, revise expand, and reformat the existing Primer content and include additional resources, such as the patient checklist developed by PPOD and the HCP WGs and consumer pieces. The task group is expected to complete its development work and pretesting by Spring 2013. By January 2014, NDEP staff will have launched an implementation and promotion plan and a thorough evaluation plan effort should be in place in coordination with the Evaluation Task Group.
BetterDiabetesCare (BDC) Website Task Group
Goal: to guide an update and integration of important information on systems of care for diabetes into NDEP’s core work. The task group is expected to complete its development work by February and the revised content will be incorporated into NDEP’s website as an updated resource. By January 2014, NDEP staff will have a plan to fully revise the web resource and a promotion plan will have been launched.
DiabetesAtWork Website Task Group
Goal: to package the various elements of the DiabetesAtWork (www.DiabetesAtWork.org) site to increase their use by public and private partners in the business and health strategy world. The task group is expected to complete its development work by Spring 2013. By January 2014, NDEP staff will have launched an implementation and promotion plan.
Guiding Principles Task Group
Goal: to deliver an updated Guiding Principles for Health Care Professionals document that is supported and promoted by NDEP stakeholder groups and other organizations. The writing task group has completed a draft, organization and Federal agency review and endorsement will occur across the Winter/Spring and a final document is projected for release by the fall 2013. By January 2014, NDEP staff will have launched a promotion plan.
Evaluation Plan Task Group
Goal: to improve evaluation of NDEP by completing an evaluation plan for major NDEP components or activities. The task group is focused on developing effective evaluations for GAMEPLAN (consumer toolkit for primary prevention of diabetes), New Beginnings Guide, the PPOD Guide, and Road to Health toolkit in Spanish. By January 2014, the task group will have advanced evaluation efforts across these four resources.
Support for Behavior Change Initiative Phase III Task Group
Goal: to identify gaps in Diabetes HealthSense content and explore partnerships, promotion initiatives, and evaluation. The task group has completed its final review and final web development work is expected to be completed by February 2013. NDEP staff will continue to link multiple promotional and outreach efforts to Diabetes HealthSense resources over the course of the year.
Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Task Group
Goal: To conduct an environmental scan and needs assessment related to cardiovascular disease, prediabetes, and diabetes health education needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers (MSFW). The task group is expected to present findings and recommendations to NDEP’s Operations Committee in February 2013. The Operations Committee will consider action steps and make recommendations to the Executive Committee. By January 2014, in cooperation with the Strategic Planning Task Group, NDEP will have resolved its role within this community.
Strategic Planning Task Group
Goal: Establish a strategic plan to guide NDEP for the next five years; launching the new plan in January 2014. The task group is working through a four phase process, including extensive consultation with partners and a thorough exploration of issues across the diabetes spectrum. By November 2013 the task group will provide a report to the Strategic Directions Group and the NDEP Executive Committee will review and finalize the plan in December 2013.
By January 2014, one new task group will be established and one is being explored by NDEP’s Operations Committee:
Diabetes HealthSense Task Group
Goal: Update, review and maintain the resources of the Diabetes HealthSense tool. Identify resource gaps and explore ways NDEP can enhance promotion of this web resource through stronger partner engagement. By January 2014, NDEP should have new and updated resources available and a plan for addressing gaps and more effective outreach and evaluation.
BetterDiabetesCare Task Group
The NDEP Operations Committee will explore the value of establishing a new task group during 2013 to engage partners in a second review of the BetterDiabetesCare web resource to improve functionality, promotion and engagement across the health care professional community. BetterDiabetesCare is a current resource for CMEs and certification within the American Academy of Family Physicians and may be an effective tool for other professional groups.