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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.
Jun 29, 2012
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.
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. 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 Maureen@MaureenSullivanRN.com.
Jun 14, 2012
You asked for it, and we delivered! NDEP's Road to Health Evaluation Guide is now available in English and Spanish for people who use the Road to Health Toolkit. The guide includes simple tools to assess the following:
- Is the target audience being reached?
- What is the quality of the activities?
- How do you improve the program's activities?
- How do you monitor the participants' behavior changes?
Extra, Extra! New Bonus! Join the NDEP Road to Health Implementers Community! This learning community is for people who use the Road to Health Toolkit as a resource to manage diabetes prevention activities. Find and share lessons learned, tools, and resources to support the implementation of the toolkit.
For more information about the Road to Health Evaluation Guide or to join the Road to Health Implementers community, contact Betsy Rodríguez, CDC/NDEP Deputy Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jun 01, 2012
Founded in October 2001, the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) is dedicated to changing the way we age by uniting professionals in the retirement, assisted living, fitness, rehabilitation and wellness fields to dispel society's myths about aging. The ICAA works with NDEP to provide professionals who work with older adults resources for promoting diabetes prevention and management. The ICAA regularly shares NDEP messages and resources through a variety of print and online channels with its network of individual professionals and 9,200 organizations focused on active aging.
Outreach and Promotions
To help its members raise awareness and educate older adults about diabetes prevention and management, the ICAA created a National Diabetes Education Program Information Center page on its website. The page highlights NDEP’s offerings for older adults, such as the Power to Control Diabetes is in Your Hands, It’s Not Too Late To Prevent Diabetes, and The Road to Health Toolkit.
Additionally, the ICAA regularly includes information about NDEP in weekly newsletters and promotes NDEP public service announcements in its member publication, The Journal on Active Aging. Reaching more than 9,000 readers, the journal provides relevant research and ideas for wellness programs – a great channel for raising awareness of diabetes prevention and management.
For example, the journal featured an article written by NDEP subject matter experts focused on prevention of type 2 diabetes. The goal of the article was to educate active aging professionals about type 2 diabetes and the results of the Diabetes Prevention Program study, which showed that modest lifestyle changes such as weight loss, healthy eating, and physical activity could help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes in older adults. The article promoted NDEP tools and publications including the At-Risk Weight Charts, the Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes booklet, and the NDEP website.