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November is National Diabetes Month

This November, in observance of National Diabetes Month, the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and its partners are Changing the Way Diabetes is Treated by helping people better understand how to make the necessary changes in their day-to-day life in order to prevent type 2 diabetes, manage their diabetes to prevent complications, and live healthier lives.

Many people know WHAT to do to improve their health; it’s figuring out HOW to do it and fit it into their daily routine that’s challenging. The NDEP provides a number of tools to help people better understand HOW to make changes to stay healthy and take steps to reach and maintain their health goals:

  • NDEP’s online library of behavior change resources, Diabetes HealthSense, provides users with a searchable database of research, tools, and programs to address the wide array of psychosocial and lifestyle-change challenges associated with diabetes self-management. Resources included in Diabetes HealthSense have been reviewed by a team of leading independent experts on psychosocial issues with specific expertise in the science of behavior change.
  • Change begins with just one step. If you are ready to take the first step toward better health, the NDEP’s Just One Step resource is a great place to start. This tool helps you identify one small step to take for a short period of time (such as one month) to begin to implement healthy changes.
  • Once you have taken the first step or steps, you may need help making these changes stick as part of a daily routine. This becomes much easier if you ‘Make A Plan’. NDEP’s Make A Plan tool can help you think about what is important to your health and how to make a plan to take small, but important steps to help you reach your goal.

Visit to explore NDEP’s behavior change tools and for promotional resources you can use to promote National Diabetes Month in your community.

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September Partner Spotlight

The National Association of School Nurses Promotes NDEP’s School Guide and Other Resources via Workshops and Online Outreach


The mission of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) is to advance the specialty practice of school nursing to improve the health and academic success of all students. As a program partner, NASN regularly promotes NDEP offerings to its network of more than 15,000 members, reaching school nurses, parents, and members of the school community across the country with important diabetes information. This year, NASN continued to support NDEP by highlighting program offerings through a variety of communication channels, including conferences and workshops, the NASN website, and the NASN Weekly Digest.

Outreach and Promotions

September Partner Spotlight Image #1: National Association of School Nurses NASN was a critical partner in helping NDEP update and revise the Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel (School Guide) released in 2010 and has found multiple ways to promote this resource to school health professionals year round. Recently, NASN invited Joanne Gallivan, NDEP Director, and Martha Funnell, Former NDEP Chair, to present at the NASN 44th Annual Conference on “Self-Directed Behavior Change: Resources to Improve Diabetes Outcomes at School” to help students who have or are at risk for diabetes make changes in behavior. NASN also distributed more than 50 School Guide binders to nurses at a pre-conference program.

Additionally, NASN distributed 108 copies of NDEP’s School Guide and Teen Tip Sheets at two “Helping Administer to the Needs of the Student with Diabetes in School” (H.A.N.D.S.℠) workshops, a continuing education program developed by the association to educate school nurses about effective diabetes management for students. NASN also highlights the School Guide as a resource on the website using the promotional web button.

September Partner Spotlight Image #2: National Association of School Nurses In addition to promoting the School Guide, NASN frequently includes information about NDEP’s resources in their e-newsletter, the NASN Weekly Digest, which reaches more than 30,000 readers. Using content from NDEP’s News & Notes e-newsletter, NASN is able to quickly adapt relevant NDEP messages to share with readers. For example, NASN highlighted NDEP’s behavior change resources, such as the New Year’s Resolution Maker, Make a Plan, Just One Step, and Diabetes HealthSense resources for teachers and school health professionals.

For more information about these activities, contact Sarah Butler at, or click here to learn how you can promote NDEP’s School Guide and other resources to engage youth to prevent and manage their diabetes.

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August Partner Spotlight

The Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers Uses NDEP Resources to Host a Workshop in Support of National Minority Health Month

Outreach and Promotions

August Partner Spotlight Image #1: The Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers In observance of National Minority Health Month in April, the Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers, through the Washington Community Health Workers/Promotores Network (WCHWN), coordinated and co-sponsored a “7th Annual Spring Intensive Training for Health Promoters and Community Health Workers.”

The 2 1/2 day event – which included various workshops, presentations, and activities – provided training on core competencies and skills promotoras need to effectively do their job, including organization, documentation, evaluation, and coordination skills. There was also training to address emergency preparedness, labor rights and health insurance options in Washington State, and diabetes prevention. During these trainings, attendees learned basic but core information about how to communicate what they learned to the communities, and where to get additional information and assistance.

August Partner Spotlight Image #2: The Washington Association of Community & Migrant Health Centers This year, Betsy J. Rodríguez conducted a live webinar presenting NDEP’s new Do it for them! But for you too. (¡Hazlo por ellos! Pero por ti también) fotonovela and strategies that NDEP has created to reach and educate the Latino community. The fotonovela was created to educate Hispanic/Latina women who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes themselves and whose family members are at high risk.

Additionally, Francisco Arias-Reyes, a Health Services Consultant at the Washington State Department of Health Heart, Stroke, and Diabetes Program, conducted an interactive workshop using NDEP’s The Road to Health Toolkit, which addresses prevention of type 2 diabetes.

Evaluation & Lessons Learned

The event attracted a diverse group of 68 community leaders from seven community health centers, one hospital, three government agencies, and 10 non-profit organizations. Participants included health workers, health promoters, coordinators, agricultural workers, outreach workers, and health educators.

Following the webinar featuring NDEP’s Do it for them! But for you too. fotonovela, attendees read the story and shared their comments about the resource and how they plan to use it in the future. Many people commented that the resource is easy to understand, teaches people how to care for their community, family, friends, and provides ideas for how to teach. Attendees also responded positively to The Road to Health Toolkit workshop. Many people expressed that the toolkit was very useful and that they would share with friends, family and the community.

Some lessons learned from this event include:

  • Ensure that participants can apply what they have learned. A balance between theory and practice can be very effective.
  • Educational technology training webinars can be very effective; however, it is better in person.
  • To ensure success, these workshops must be planned and designed very carefully. It was worth the effort planning The Road to Health workshop and the webinar-premier of the new NDEP fotonovela.
  • A successful implementation begins and ends with a successful partnership!

For more information, contact Lilia Gomez at

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What is NDEP Promoting this Quarter?

To help support and guide partners in their promotional efforts, the NDEP has transformed its “Promotions At-A-Glance” PDF document into a “What is NDEP Promoting This Quarter?” webpage located in the Resources section of the NDEP website.

This new page serves as a place for partners to quickly and easily see what NDEP is promoting each quarter and find NDEP offerings to support those quarterly promotional activities.

This quarter, NDEP will be promoting the theme “Engaging youth to prevent and manage their diabetes” to reach young adults with and at risk for diabetes (and their families) with important information about managing their diabetes or lowering their risk.

Explore the new page and begin finding resources that you can use to support the third quarter theme.

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July Partner Spotlight

Maureen Sullivan-Tevault Promotes NDEP Messages and Resources on Her Online Radio Program


July Partner Spotlight Image: Maureen Sullivan-Tevault, R.N., C.E.N., C.D.E. Maureen Sullivan-Tevault, R.N., C.E.N., C.D.E., is a long-time partner of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) and regularly participates in the Program’s promotional activities. In addition to her health-related credentials, Maureen is also a stand up comic. She marries her interest and expertise in the two fields in the online radio show she co-hosts with her husband, Mike Tevault, R.N., called, The Health and Humor Hour. The program uses light-hearted humor to raise awareness of important health issues and to share critical health information. Maureen recently promoted the NDEP on the program and actively engaged NDEP via social media as well.

July Partner Spotlight Image: Maureen Sullivan-Tevault, R.N., C.E.N., C.D.E.

Outreach and Promotions

In March, Maureen focused her program on Diabetes Alert Day. During the hour-long show, Maureen engaged her audience with key NDEP messages to raise awareness and educate viewers about diabetes, diabetes risk factors, steps people can take to delay or prevent type 2 diabetes, and local and national diabetes resources. In supporting NDEP, Maureen promoted the Diabetes Risk Test, NDEP website, and NDEP Facebook page. NDEP’s public service announcements (PSAs) were also displayed on the radio set for online viewers to see. In addition to promoting NDEP resources, Maureen broadcasted an audio clip featuring an interview with NDEP Chair, Dr. John Buse, speaking about Diabetes Alert Day and the importance of knowing your risk for type 2 diabetes.

Maureen used social media to promote the NDEP and the diabetes-focused program on her Twitter page. July Partner Spotlight Image: Maureen Sullivan-Tevault, R.N., C.E.N., C.D.E.To date, there have been more than 600 views to Maureen’s show focusing on Diabetes Alert Day. To learn more about using online and social media tools to promote your work with the NDEP, check out the Program’s social media web page.

For more information about Maureen’s activities, email her at

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