January Partner Spotlight
Jan 12, 2011Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers Adopts NDEP Materials for 2010 National Diabetes Awareness Month
In recognition of National Diabetes Awareness Month, in November 2010, Carol Mallette, M.A. of the Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers partnered with the New Jersey Maternal and Child Health Consortium, the New Jersey Chronic Disease Advisory Council, and the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services to organize Vital Links, a statewide Chronic Disease Summit. Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, served as keynote speaker for the event, which had more than 300 attendees. This event included a table with NDEP materials such as the 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life. Asian-language adaptations, prevention tip sheets for African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos, and materials for youth. A large-scale, retractable banner adapted from NDEP’s More Than 50 Ways to Prevent Diabetes tip sheet was developed to attract visitors to the table. In terms of evaluation, nearly 90 percent of the materials were distributed to people who were – for the most part – unaware of NDEP. Overall, they received positive feedback regarding NDEP’s materials.
In addition, Ms. Mallette coordinated the 10th Annual Diabetes Day Fair in her state, which had more than 200 attendees. This event included giving 125 flu shots, 28 pneumonia immunizations, 102 screenings, and blood pressure checks. Also, 35 people participated in the healthy cooking demonstration offered by the Atlantic Cape Community College’s School of Culinary Arts.
During this event, she staffed another table with NDEP materials. Also, the Mayor attended this event and issued an official proclamation.
Ms. Mallette also tailored NDEP’s family history article for her organization’s needs. The feature article “What Is Your Family Health History?” included information about preventing diabetes and quotes from local doctors. The article was distributed to local newspapers and was featured in publications such as the Hammonton Gazette. In addition to the article, she ran an ad “You Have the Power to Prevent Diabetes” co-branded with the Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers’ and NDEP’s logos and distributed it to women’s magazines.
Finally, on November 13, 2010, Ms. Mallette coordinated a “Diabetes Talk” at a senior housing complex for approximately 36 attendees. During the presentation, older adults were encouraged to use NDEP’s free resources to manage or prevent diabetes.
To learn more about these activities, contact Carol Mallette at cmallette@SJFMC.org.