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November Partner Spotlight

Texas-based Día de la Mujer Latina Adapts NDEP’s Road to Health Toolkit for Bilingual Health Fiesta Training Program

DML LogoDía de la Mujer Latina (Day of the Latin American Woman) (DML) is a nonprofit, community-based grassroots organization approved by the state of Texas as a sponsored certification training program for promotores (community health workers). DML’s mission is to address the health disparities in the Latino population through its innovative, culturally specific “health fiesta” model. The organization’s strength lies in its coalition and partnership building efforts with community-based organizations, local businesses, regional and national government entities, health care providers, and key stakeholders.

The DML Health Fiesta is designed to bring preventive health care services directly to the community. The bilingual training program consists of eight core competencies. As part of its knowledge-based skills portion, the DML Health Fiesta incorporates chronic disease prevention, using NDEP’s The Road to Health Toolkit as a roadmap.

People doing ZumbaThe goals of the training include teaching participants how to:

  • Educate communities about the relationship between cancer, diet, nutrition, fitness, and obesity
  • Promote cultural understanding in addressing diet, nutrition, and fitness
  • Learn creative methods of communication to help clients to understand risk factors
  • Develop and incorporate a culturally relevant nutrition and fitness plan into patients’ lives

Woman using Road to Health Toolkit to teach group.During the health fiestas held across Texas in 2011, DML’s promotores were trained by Yajaira Lara, a certified diabetes instructor who also has diabetes. Participants took turns conducting diabetes and hypertension screening using their monitors. Many promotores participated in the educational workshops, while others facilitated the screenings and motivated folks to do a Zumba workout.

Man checking a woman’s blood pressure.As a result of the 2011 health fiestas, 161 promotores were trained using the curriculum in The Road to Health Toolkit, and 52 have gone on to address obesity and conduct screenings (using blood pressure and glucose monitors) in their churches.

For more information, contact Venus Ginés at

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National Diabetes Month

National Diabetes Month bannerNDEP Has Resources to Help People Make a Plan for National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day this November

In support of National Diabetes Month and World Diabetes Day (November 14) this November, the NDEP is promoting the theme “Make a Plan to Prevent Diabetes and Its Complications.” This theme reinforces the need to help people take action and make a plan to achieve lifestyle changes—whether they have diabetes or are at risk for the disease.  Many people know what to do to improve their health; it’s figuring out how to do it and fitting it into their daily routine that’s challenging.

It’s Not too Late to Get Involved!

To help partners spread the word, the NDEP has developed National Diabetes Month campaign materials—available in English and Spanish—to help you incorporate NDEP messages and materials in your community outreach efforts. Materials can be adapted for community-based presentations; support groups; office-based or waiting room outreach; and large scale or regional awareness, screening, or media events. Use these NDEP resources to get started today.

Social Media Promotions: Easy, Budget-friendly Ways to Spread the Word!

If you’re looking for low-budget, easy ways to get involved this November, check out NDEP’s social media promotions in support of National Diabetes Month.

Interview with Dr. Griffin Rodgers, Director of NIDDK

Listen to this National Diabetes Month NIH Audio Report, where Dr. Rodgers stresses the importance of setting goals and making a plan.



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September Partner Spotlight

Texas Diabetes Council Logo  Texas DPCP Develops Media Campaigns to Promote, Adapt NDEP Resources

From August 23 through September 12, 2010, the Texas Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) adapted NDEP’s “Paso a Paso” diabetes prevention radio public service announcements (PSAs), which aired in Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. The target audience—Hispanics/Latinos ages 25 to 54—heard the spots an average of nearly 12 times in Corpus Christi, more than seven times in Laredo and in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and nearly 9 times in Houston, reaching an estimated 750,000 listeners.

Paso a Paso tip sheet In addition to radio, the Texas DPCP also utilized print media to extend the reach of NDEP’s campaigns, messages, and resources. A print PSA was placed in the diabetes issue of SmartSource magazine. Also, a coupon insert was placed in Sunday newspapers in Corpus Christi, Laredo, Brownsville/Lower Rio Grande Valley, and Galveston, with an estimated audience reach of nearly 5 million throughout the state. In addition, the Texas DPCP utilized NDEP’s diabetes prevention messages and print PSA artwork for a billboard in Laredo. The billboard directed viewers to a diabetes education program being held at Mercy Clinic.

For more information about these promotions, contact Richard Kropp at

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Heading Back to School with Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. For students with diabetes and their parents, getting ready for a new school year includes a lot more than buying new clothes, backpacks, notebooks, and pens. It means buying a whole list of diabetes supplies to keep at school—but also preparing school staff to help keep their children safe at school and at school-sponsored activities.

As the school year begins, parents of youth with diabetes are encouraged to follow these tips from the NDEP’s Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel to help ensure their children’s safety and well-being.School Guide Web button

  • Take action. Notify the school right away that your child has diabetes.
  • Work with your child’s health care team to develop a “Diabetes Medical Management Plan.”
  • Meet with the school nurse to go over your child’s school health care plans. 
  • Provide the school with all supplies, medicines, and items needed to carry out your child’s health care and emergency plans.
  • Be an active member of the school health team.

For more tips to help students with diabetes prepare for a new school year, check out NDEP’s new feature article “Heading Back to School with Diabetes.” To order a free copy of NDEP’s Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel, call 1-888-693-NDEP (1-888-693-6337), TTY: 1-866-569-1162, or visit to download a copy of the guide. You also can check out NDEP’s additional resources for youth and families, such as NDEP’s online Transitions from Pediatric to Adult Care tool, the Tips for Teens tip sheet series, and When Your Child is Diagnosed with Diabetes: Parents’ Questions for the Health Care Team.

New! Download the “Heading Back to School with Diabetes” feature article

View or download additional School Guide promotional tools

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August Partner Spotlight

New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) Diabetes Campaign Hosts  Road to Health Trainings

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is halfway through a five-year campaign that was devNYS logoeloped to address the diabetes epidemic in New York state. One goal of the NYSHealth Diabetes Campaign is to build on existing community resources and strengthen their capacity to provide education, screening, and self-management support related to diabetes prevention and care.  NYSHealth believes that while there is an abundance of educational information related to diabetes prevention and management, there are not enough qualified educators in the communities that are most affected by diabetes to deliver these messages.

In an effort to promote diabetes education to community health educators, NYSHealth utilized NDEP’s The Road to Health Toolkit to host two one-day Road to Health trainings (one in English and one in Spanish). NYSHealth invited community health workers, nurses, health educators, and dietitians. Criteria for attending the trainings included a basic working knowledge of diabetes, strong leadership skills, and a demonstrated ability to:

  • access hard-to-reach populations        
  • develop trusting relationships with clients
  • reflect the linguistic and cultural diversity of the population they serve
  • address specific needs, such as adapting health regimens to family and community dynamics


Betsy Rodriguez, R.N, B.S.N., M.S.N., C.D.E., and Alexis Williams, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led the trainings. Participants—35 at each session—also signed up to receive invitations to participate in free monthly NYSHealth Diabetes Campaign webinars on topics, such as diabetes and depression in the Hispanic/Latino community, diet and exercise in diabetes management, diabetes group visits in primary care, foot care, and diabetes care. Participants also received a packet of NYSHealth Diabetes Campaign materials.


As part of the CDC’s and NYSHealth’s efforts to evaluate the training, each participant completed an evaluation form at the conclusion of the training. A sample of the evaluation data showed:

  • 90 percent of participants reported being “very satisfied” with the training
  • 100 percent of participants reported that the purpose, goals, and objectives of The Road to Health Toolkit  were met through the presentation
  • 75 percent of participants felt prepared to deliver the messages to people in their community or at their practice site

Due to the overwhelming demand for The Road to Health training, NYSHealth has organized two additional trainings, which will be conducted in Long Island, N.Y., where there is an increased need for diabetes self-management support and education among Hispanic/Latino and American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

For more information about how NYSHealth utilized NDEP’s The Road to Health Toolkit to design training sessions, contact Wanda Montalvo, R.N., M.S.N., A.N.P. at To learn more about NYSHealth, visit


New Hampshire Diabetes Education Program Collaborates with 16 Partners to Support NDEP’s National Diabetes AwarenessNew Hampshire logo Month Messages and Materials

The New Hampshire Diabetes Education Program (NHDEP) collaborated with partners and agencies  throughout the state to spread NDEP’s National Diabetes Awareness Month 2010 campaign messages, which focused on family health history as a risk factor for diabetes.

NHDEP encouraged community health centers, programs within the Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), and agencies throughout the state to get involved. Participants included agency Wellness Coordinators (WC), the NH Tobacco Prevention Control Program (TPCP), the Public Information Office, the Legislative Branch, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Transportation.

NHDEP assisted the following partners in promoting NDEP’s National Diabetes Awareness Month campaign messages and materials:

  • Agency WCs encouraged state employees and their families to engage in diabetes prevention and/ or management behaviors.
  • The NH TPCP distributed pledge cards and NDEP’s Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Information for Patients Fat and Calorie Counter” to coordinate with the November Great American Smokeout campaign.
  • NH’s October newsletter for state employees, State of New Hampshire Wellness Program News, and NHDEP’s partner newsletter, New Hampshire Diabetes Digest, included articles promoting NDEP’s campaign initiatives.
  • NHDEP, NH TPCP, and DPHS coordinated a campaign kick-off event, which included a training session for WCs focused on the relationship between obesity and diabetes. During the event, the organizations distributed NDEP materials, including, Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Information for Patients,  It’s Never Too Early to Prevent Diabetes, 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life., and Help a Loved One with Diabetes.
  • NHDEP worked with the Public Information Office to issue a press release based on a template release developed by NDEP. The release featured quotes by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the Director of Public Health Services.
  • The Legislative Branch hosted a “Healthy Snack Day.”
  • The Department of Agriculture hosted a “Healthy Potluck Contest.”
  • The NH Hospital coordinated a wellness fair.
  • The Department of Transportation coordinated a Great American Smokeout run/ walk and provided participants with diabetes information.


NHDEP motivated 16 out of 43 state agencies to participate in its overall efforts.  This resulted in 185 pledges in honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, 11 displays including NDEP materials in agency buildings, and email updates to state employees.

For additional information about NHDEP’s collaboration efforts, contact Marisa Lara at

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