October Partner Spotlight
Sep 23, 2010Wisconsin DPCP Develops Table Tents for Corporate Lunchrooms Using NDEP Materials
The Wisconsin Diabetes Advisory Group (DAG), convened by the Wisconsin Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (WI DPCP), includes representatives from more than 80 key organizations involved in diabetes in throughout the state. Its mission is to reduce the economic, social, physical, and psychological impact of diabetes in Wisconsin by enhancing the quality of services.
The Community Focus DAG work group (WG) created table tents for corporate lunchrooms to increase workforce knowledge of the signs, symptoms, and risks of type 2 diabetes, as well as prevention strategies. The goal of this project was to increase traffic to the www.WisconsinDiabetesInfo.org web portal during the 2009 National Diabetes Awareness Month.
Under the leadership of NDEP’s Business Health Strategies WG vice chair Pam Geis, WI DPCP staff designed a prototype for the DAG WG’s approval using information from NDEP’s bilingual Prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Step by Step. (Prevengamos la diabetes tipo 2. Paso a Paso) tip sheet. The 9-inch tall, three-sided, full-color educational piece included the NDEP website and featured panels on the following topics:
- What is diabetes?
- Who is at risk for type 2 diabetes?
- Signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes, and
- Preventing type 2 diabetes
As this was a pilot and necessary quantities were unknown, the WI DPCP made online ordering available from October 5 through 13 to their corporate wellness database, WI DAG members, HMO Collaborative, and regional mail groups for both the northern and western regions of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Organizations that ordered the table tents were asked to participate in an evaluation. Of the 302 total orders, 118 (or 39 percent) participated in the evaluation process. Highlights include:
- 90 percent were very satisfied with the quality of the table tents; 85 percent were very satisfied with the content
- 40 percent said that the table tents were effective in promoting awareness of diabetes within their organization
- 74 percent said the table tents facilitated discussion about diabetes within their organization and/or between employees
- While 84 percent used the table tents in lunchrooms, 31 percent specified other areas not listed in the survey, such as waiting and patient exam rooms, wellness and fitness centers, churches, blood pressure screenings, etc.
Overall, the table tents increased traffic to www.WisconsinDiabetesInfo.org. The largest spike in visits occurred during the first two weeks of October 2009, which coincided with the e-mail announcing the availability for ordering. To learn more about this promotion, contact Pam Geis at Pam.Geis@sbcglobal.net.
Trish Herrmann of the Arizona DPCP Promotes NDEP Messages on CBS Radio Stations
In May of 2010, Trish Herrmann, diabetes program manager, Arizona Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP), participated in an interview to discuss managing and preventing type 2 diabetes in adults. The 11-minute interview aired during the “Sunday Sunrise” show on the following CBS affiliate radio stations:
- KMLE 107.9 FM
- KOOL 94.5 FM, and
- KZON 101.5 FM
During the interview, Trish provided a brief overview of the different types of diabetes, discussed risk factors and how to prevent the disease, highlighted NDEP’s Small Steps. Big Rewards. Prevent Type 2 Diabetes and Managing Diabetes, It’s Not Easy But It’s Worth It campaign messages. Throughout the interview, Trish encouraged listeners to contact NDEP to order free resources and to learn more about diabetes.
To listen to the interview in its entirety, click here. To read interview script, click here. For more information about this promotion, contact Trish Herrmann at firstname.lastname@example.org.