August Partner Spotlight
Jul 25, 2011
New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) Diabetes Campaign Hosts Road to Health Trainings
The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is halfway through a five-year campaign that was developed to address the diabetes epidemic in New York state. One goal of the NYSHealth Diabetes Campaign is to build on existing community resources and strengthen their capacity to provide education, screening, and self-management support related to diabetes prevention and care. NYSHealth believes that while there is an abundance of educational information related to diabetes prevention and management, there are not enough qualified educators in the communities that are most affected by diabetes to deliver these messages.
In an effort to promote diabetes education to community health educators, NYSHealth utilized NDEP’s The Road to Health Toolkit to host two one-day Road to Health trainings (one in English and one in Spanish). NYSHealth invited community health workers, nurses, health educators, and dietitians. Criteria for attending the trainings included a basic working knowledge of diabetes, strong leadership skills, and a demonstrated ability to:
- access hard-to-reach populations
- develop trusting relationships with clients
- reflect the linguistic and cultural diversity of the population they serve
- address specific needs, such as adapting health regimens to family and community dynamics
Betsy Rodriguez, R.N, B.S.N., M.S.N., C.D.E., and Alexis Williams, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) led the trainings. Participants—35 at each session—also signed up to receive invitations to participate in free monthly NYSHealth Diabetes Campaign webinars on topics, such as diabetes and depression in the Hispanic/Latino community, diet and exercise in diabetes management, diabetes group visits in primary care, foot care, and diabetes care. Participants also received a packet of NYSHealth Diabetes Campaign materials.
As part of the CDC’s and NYSHealth’s efforts to evaluate the training, each participant completed an evaluation form at the conclusion of the training. A sample of the evaluation data showed:
- 90 percent of participants reported being “very satisfied” with the training
- 100 percent of participants reported that the purpose, goals, and objectives of The Road to Health Toolkit were met through the presentation
- 75 percent of participants felt prepared to deliver the messages to people in their community or at their practice site
Due to the overwhelming demand for The Road to Health training, NYSHealth has organized two additional trainings, which will be conducted in Long Island, N.Y., where there is an increased need for diabetes self-management support and education among Hispanic/Latino and American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
For more information about how NYSHealth utilized NDEP’s The Road to Health Toolkit to design training sessions, contact Wanda Montalvo, R.N., M.S.N., A.N.P. at Montalvo@nyshealth.org. To learn more about NYSHealth, visit www.nysdiabetescampaign.org.
The New Hampshire Diabetes Education Program (NHDEP) collaborated with partners and agencies throughout the state to spread NDEP’s National Diabetes Awareness Month 2010 campaign messages, which focused on family health history as a risk factor for diabetes.
NHDEP encouraged community health centers, programs within the Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), and agencies throughout the state to get involved. Participants included agency Wellness Coordinators (WC), the NH Tobacco Prevention Control Program (TPCP), the Public Information Office, the Legislative Branch, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Transportation.
NHDEP assisted the following partners in promoting NDEP’s National Diabetes Awareness Month campaign messages and materials:
- Agency WCs encouraged state employees and their families to engage in diabetes prevention and/ or management behaviors.
- The NH TPCP distributed pledge cards and NDEP’s Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Information for Patients “Fat and Calorie Counter” to coordinate with the November Great American Smokeout campaign.
- NH’s October newsletter for state employees, State of New Hampshire Wellness Program News, and NHDEP’s partner newsletter, New Hampshire Diabetes Digest, included articles promoting NDEP’s campaign initiatives.
- NHDEP, NH TPCP, and DPHS coordinated a campaign kick-off event, which included a training session for WCs focused on the relationship between obesity and diabetes. During the event, the organizations distributed NDEP materials, including, Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Information for Patients, It’s Never Too Early to Prevent Diabetes, 4 Steps to Control Your Diabetes. For Life., and Help a Loved One with Diabetes.
- NHDEP worked with the Public Information Office to issue a press release based on a template release developed by NDEP. The release featured quotes by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services and the Director of Public Health Services.
- The Legislative Branch hosted a “Healthy Snack Day.”
- The Department of Agriculture hosted a “Healthy Potluck Contest.”
- The NH Hospital coordinated a wellness fair.
- The Department of Transportation coordinated a Great American Smokeout run/ walk and provided participants with diabetes information.
NHDEP motivated 16 out of 43 state agencies to participate in its overall efforts. This resulted in 185 pledges in honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, 11 displays including NDEP materials in agency buildings, and email updates to state employees.
For additional information about NHDEP’s collaboration efforts, contact Marisa Lara at Marisa.Lara@dhhs.state.nh.us.