October is Health Literacy MonthHealth-related terms and concepts, especially when it comes to the management of diabetes, can be hard to understand. The NDEP works to create materials that use principles of plain language and health literacy that you can use in your diabetes-outreach activities. Click here to find plain-language materials available to you, as well as information about the NDEP’s plain-language approach.
Explore NDEP’s updated PPOD ResourcesResources for consumers about PPOD (Pharmacy, Podiatry, Optometry, and Dentistry) have been developed, using plain-language principles. Look at PPOD Info 4 patients.
NEW eLearning Lesson from HHS: Preventing Adverse Drug Effects: Individualizing Glycemic Targets Using Health-Literacy Strategies Adverse drug events (ADEs) due to medicines for diabetes significantly contribute to hospital-related complications and physician office visits each year. A new eLearning course teaches health care providers how to apply health-literacy strategies to provide evidence-based guidelines for individualizing glycemic target goals for patients with diabetes, and to help them understand and act on information to prevent hypoglycemia. Continuing education (CME, CNE, CEU, and CPE) is available. To launch the course, visit: http://health.gov/hai/
NDEP Has Tools to Help You Promote National Diabetes MonthTo support National Diabetes Month this November, the NDEP and its partners want people to Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes. Find a wide-range of promotional tools – available in English and Spanish – that you can use or adapt to support your National Diabetes Month outreach efforts at YourDiabetesInfo.org/
Diabetes & the FluIt’s flu shot season and the NDEP reminds you that people with diabetes are at high risk for serious flu complications, and the best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. Encourage everyone – especially those with diabetes – to get a flu shot.
Explore Diabetes HealthSenseNDEP’s Diabetes HealthSense online tool can help you find resources to support people in making changes to live well, whether they have diabetes or not. Find resources, such as the Oregon Diabetes Program’s Meals Made Easy resource, which includes meal-planning curriculums for people living with diabetes and their families.
Use and Review NDEP’s Practice Transformation Resource The NDEP’s Practice Transformation online tool is designed for health care professionals and administrators who want to change systems of health care delivery around diabetes. As you visit this site, we encourage you to provide customer feedback by completing a short survey to rate how useful Practice Transformation is to you and your practice.
NDEP Presentation from AADE is Now AvailableIf you missed NDEP’s presentation, “Using Plain Language to Make Diabetes Messages Clear and Simple: The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) as a Case Study” at the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting, you can view the presentation slides here.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force Highlights Primary Prevention of DiabetesThe Task Force’s review Diabetes Prevention and Control: Combined Diet and Physical Activity Promotion Programs to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Among People at Increased Risk recommends combined diet and physical activity promotion programs for people at increased risk of type 2 diabetes based on strong evidence of effectiveness in reducing new-onset diabetes. The review highlights the National Diabetes Prevention Program and documents that higher-intensity programs (e.g. more sessions, longer program length) lead to greater weight loss and reduction in new-onset diabetes and also shows the cost effectiveness of the programs.
On the Road with NDEPSee where NDEP will present and/or exhibit for the rest of 2014 or download a presentation from a past event.