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August Partner Spotlight

The Michigan Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition Uses NDEP Resources to Create the “Make a Move” Initiative


Michigan Diabetes Partners in Action CoalitionThe Michigan Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition (DPAC) is a partnership of approximately 100 individuals and representatives of organizations who work to reduce the impact of diabetes in Michigan. Members of DPAC are individuals with diabetes, those with an interest in diabetes, or representatives from organizations who work closely with diabetes or a related health issue. DPAC’s mission is to provide statewide leadership to prevent and control diabetes and reduce its impact in Michigan.

Outreach and Promotions

Using NDEP resources, DPAC launched a statewide “Make a Move” diabetes awareness initiative to encourage Michigan residents to make healthy lifestyle changes to better manage or prevent diabetes. The initiative consists of four taglines that are released throughout the year: 1) Make a Move: Know Your Diabetes ABCs; 2) Make a Move: Learn More about Diabetes; 3) Make a Move: Small Steps Can Prevent Diabetes; and 4) Make a Move: Just Walk More Today! Each of the taglines is supported with messages and materials from NDEP’s diabetes campaigns.

Michigan Diabetes Partners in Action CoalitionFor example, to develop its “Make a Move: Small Steps Can Prevent Type 2 Diabetes” tagline, DPAC used NDEP’s “Small Steps, Big Rewards. Prevent Type 2 Diabetes.” campaign resources to craft clear, captivating messages and materials about diabetes prevention. Additionally, DPAC offered NDEP’s diabetes prevention publications – such as the Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes booklet and food and activity tracker – as supporting educational information for the initiative.

DPAC engaged its statewide membership network to promote and implement the initiative in local communities. In addition to providing NDEP resources, DPAC created a media toolkit including public service announcements, press releases, and sample social media messages. Michigan Diabetes Partners in Action Coalition DPAC also developed promotional items that could be distributed to local communities such as pens, bags, bookmarks, and note pads. Members were encouraged to tailor media items to promote local events and participation in diabetes education activities, such as National Diabetes Prevention Program offerings across the state. DPAC also promotes the initiative through its website as well as other online activities, including an infographic, e-newsletters, e-mail blasts, and Facebook.


DPAC evaluates the initiative and use of its “Make a Move” materials through quarterly surveys to its membership network. Members consistently report that the materials are critical to reaching people in their communities affected by diabetes. DPAC and its members also report that, in particular, the “Make a Move” promotional products and the Facebook posts are very useful channels for connecting with people beyond DPAC’s network, raising awareness of DPAC and the “Make a Move” initiative, and sharing NDEP messages and activities.

To learn more about the “Make a Move” initiative, visit or contact

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July Partner Spotlight

The Lake Cumberland District Health Department Promotes NDEP Diabetes Management Messages in the Community


The Lake Cumberland District Health Department (LCDHD) was formed in 1972 and became the first district health department in Kentucky. The Diabetes Education Program at LCDHD provides diabetes education in each of the 10 counties within the district serving approximately 200,000 people. LCDHD strives to teach individuals how control their diabetes and to live healthier lives.

Outreach and Promotions

As a long-standing partner of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), LCDHD regularly adapts and distributes NDEP’s diabetes articles to raise awareness of diabetes management messages across the community. Each year, LCDHD develops a calendar for submitting monthly NDEP articles to several local newspapers which in turn print the articles for free. The health department tailors each article by adding a “catchy” introduction to appeal to its target audiences and their organization’s contact information.

Lake Cumberland District Health DepartmentArticles are selected as they relate to specific topics or observances for each month. For example, as children in the area began summer vacation in May, LCDHD distributed NDEP’s “Ten Smart Snacks for Teens” article to encourage families to provide healthy snacks at home. During June, LCDHD distributed NDEP’s “Attention Men! Take Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life” article in observance of National Men’s Health Week (June 10-16) and Father’s Day (June 16). During July, LCDHD plans to submit NDEP’s “Heading Back to School with Diabetes” article to help children and their families prepare for a safe, healthy school year.

In addition to printing the articles in local newspapers, LCDHD promotes NDEP content through its website and social media channels. To learn more about LCDHD’s activities, contact Jamie Lee, RN, CDE, at

Click here to access NDEP’s library of articles on a variety of diabetes management and prevention topics. You can also check out the “What is NDEP Promoting This Quarter?” webpage to view NDEP’s promotions calendar and for free resources – including diabetes articles – that you can use to support your diabetes outreach activities.

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NDEP Launches New Online Resource: Practice Transformation for Physicians and Health Care Teams

Change Systems of Health Care Delivery around Diabetes

The National Diabetes Education Program’s (NDEP) refreshed “Practice Transformation for Physicians and Health Care Teams” (formerly known as “Better Diabetes Care”) is designed for health care professionals and administrators who want to change systems of health care delivery around diabetes.

Practice change is essential to provide evidence-based care recommended by the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model and to manage issues related to diabetes and its complications. This free online resource provides models, links, and tools to help physicians and health care teams initiate and maintain quality improvements in their health care practice. Content featured on this site is based on current, peer-reviewed literature and evidence-based clinical practice recommendations.

“Practice Transformation for Physicians and Health Care Teams” is organized by the following key sections:

  • Engage Leadership & Assess Your Practice
  • Provide Evidence-Based Care
  • Use Information Systems
  • Improve Practice Quality
  • Use Clinical Decision Support
  • Practice Team-Based Care
  • Enhance Patient-Centered Interactions
  • Improve Patient Care Coordination

Visit to learn more, and for promotional tools you can use to promote the resource with your partners and colleagues.

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June Partner Spotlight

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


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 ( The interview reached approximately 12,240 households in Alabama.

Visit for free diabetes prevention information and resources from the NDEP. To learn more about the ADPH Diabetes Program’s activities, visit or contact Mr. Pack at

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May Partner Spotlight

The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Uses NDEP Resources to Promote Health after Gestational Diabetes


The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) is a recognized leader and resource in maternal and child health, reaching an estimated 10 million health care professionals, parents, and policymakers through its membership of over 100 local, state, and national organizations. Enhanced by a network of Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies state and local coalitions, HMHB creates partnerships among community groups, nonprofits, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies. HMHB’s mission is to improve the health and safety of mothers, babies, and families through educational materials and collaborative partnerships.

Outreach and Promotions

Healthy Babies Coalition A long time partner of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP), HMHB regularly uses NDEP’s messages and materials to reach its audiences with diabetes information. For example, in observance of Mother’s Day and National Women’s Health Week 2012, HMHB joined NDEP to raise awareness of the lasting impact of gestational diabetes on women and their children and steps they can take to lower their risk for developing type 2 diabetes in the future. To kick off the promotion, HMHB featured NDEP’s history of gestational diabetes (hGDM) messages and a link to the hGDM section of NDEP’s website in its “Monday Morning Memo” e-newsletter, which is distributed to more than 3,000 readers. Healthy Babies Coalition HMHB also used NDEP’s hGDM messages to create social media messages for Facebook and Twitter, raising awareness with its fans and followers throughout the month of May.

HMHB has also promoted NDEP’s hGDM messages by hosting a webinar entitled, “It's Never Too Early...To Prevent Diabetes: The Lasting Impact of Gestational Diabetes on Mothers and Children.” The webinar focused on the lifelong health risks for women with hGDM, risks to the child of the pregnancy complicated by gestational diabetes, and steps mothers can take to help lower these risks for both themselves and their children. Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D., Director of the NDEP at the National Institutes of Health, also presented NDEP resources for supporting women with hGDM, such as, Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes, and promotional tools that people could use to raise awareness in their communities.

“We value the work that NDEP does to provide free, evidence-based resources that we can use to reach our broader audiences with information about diabetes,” said Janice Frey-Angel, CEO of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with NDEP on this important effort in the years to come.”

Visit for more information about hGDM and for free resources from NDEP, such as NDEP’s newly revised tip sheet, Did You Have Gestational Diabetes When You Were Pregnant? What You Need to Know. To learn more about the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition’s activities, contact Jennifer Sharp at

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