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Sep 28, 2012
The mission of the Texas Diabetes Institute/University Health System/Diabetes Education Department is to prevent diabetes and its complications through health promotion, patient education, professional training, treatment, and research. Through a comprehensive team of diabetes specialists – family physicians, endocrinologists, renal specialists, orthopedists, ophthalmologists, dermatologists, podiatrists, and wound care specialists – the Institute works to promote healthy lifestyles and teach people the skills needed to live with diabetes and avoid serious complications.
Outreach and Promotions
As part of their National Diabetes Month 2011 promotions, the Texas Diabetes Institute used NDEP’s resources to reach minority populations with diabetes – and health care professionals working with patients who have diabetes – with tools and messages to help people make behavior changes to live well.
The Institute hosted a two-day “Diabetes Educator Review Course” for health care professionals. During the course, NDEP’s behavior change videos were played and highlighted as resources for health care professionals to use with their patients. The Institute also held workshops and healthy cooking classes where they distributed NDEP’s Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in English and Spanish. In addition, NDEP posters with messages about managing and preventing diabetes in English and Spanish were displayed on bulletin boards throughout the facility.
Through these activities, the Texas Diabetes Institute was able to reach more than 500 patients with diabetes and their family members, and more than 75 health care professionals who work with patients with diabetes. According to the Institute, one of the greatest successes was exposing so many health care professionals to NDEP’s behavior change resources so that they could use them in their own settings in the future.
For more information, contact Elda Balle at Elda.Balle@uhs-sa.com. Visit www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/DiabetesMonth to explore NDEP’s behavior change tools and promotional resources that you can use to promote National Diabetes Month in your community.
Sep 14, 2012
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 www.YourDiabetesInfo.org/DiabetesMonth to explore NDEP’s behavior change tools and for promotional resources you can use to promote National Diabetes Month in your community.
Aug 31, 2012
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
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 www.NASN.org website using the promotional web button.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Aug 03, 2012
Outreach and Promotions
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.
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 LGomez@wacmhc.org.
Jul 06, 2012
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.