MAY 2017
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NACDD Continues Support for State Engagement Meetings
By August, NACDD in collaboration with CDC, will have assisted 27 states in hosting State Engagement Meetings aimed at expanding the National DPP, developing diabetes prevention action plans, and securing commitments from partners to implement plans. NACDD provides pre-meeting strategic planning, recruitment of key participants, links to national partners, logistical support, on-site facilitation, post-meeting technical assistance, and templates and tools that can be customized to meet the needs of individual states. In the 2017-18 fiscal year, NACDD will assist additional states selected by CDC to host State Engagement Meetings.

Employers Targeted at Texas Engagement Meeting

The Texas Department of State Health Services chose to concentrate efforts on the Greater Houston Area in their work to scale and sustain the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) and the CDC-recognized lifestyle change program. Dr. Chris Skisak, executive director of the Houston Business Coalition on Health, believes early engagement with employers and investors is critical for launching the program in Houston.

“Success relies on employers wanting to implement the DPP, health plans that are willing to fund it, and broker consultants on board to recommend it.” he said. Skisak recommends states work with employers to promote the National DPP.
Dow Chemical Offers Diabetes Prevention to Employees
You already may know that Dow Chemical is one of the largest chemical manufacturers in the world. But did you know that they offer diabetes prevention services for their employees? In 2004, Dow leadership set a goal to focus on total worker health. As a self-funded healthcare employer, Dow was naturally interested in realizing cost savings. After a thorough review of data on population health management and the solid evidence behind the National Diabetes Prevention Program and the CDC-recognized lifestyle change program, Dow made a commitment in 2016 to implement the program. MORE

Online National DPP Coverage Toolkit Coming in June

The toolkit will serve as a resource for states that want to explore, move forward with, and sustain Medicaid coverage for the National DPP. It also provides information and resources for employers and commercial health plans interested in covering the National DPP.  MORE

Virginia Takes Action to Prevent Diabetes
Congratulations to Virginia, where staff and partners completed the Preventing Diabetes in Virginia: Strategic Plan at the end of March. Virginia included four focus areas in their plan to increase: 1) awareness of prediabetes; 2) clinical screening, testing and referral; 3) coverage; and 4) availability and support for CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs.
Diabetes Council Honors Robin Edelman, A Guiding Star!
After 30 years of experience in diabetes prevention and control, Robin Edelman will retire this spring from the Vermont Department of Health. She was a member of the Diabetes Council for 10 years and held leadership positions within the Professional Development Workgroup and the Peg Adams Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program. Thank you, Robin, for your dedication as a Diabetes Council Leadership Group member. We wish you the very best in your retirement! MORE
Vote for New Leaders - 2017 Elections in Progress
Don’t miss your chance to vote for the state representatives who will form the 2017-18 Diabetes Council Leadership Group. The Leadership Group provides the national vision for diabetes prevention and control. Ballots will be sent to state representatives this month. Contact Pam Geis (WI), Chair of the Diabetes Council, for more information.
Share Your Success in Preventing Diabetes
Show the impact of your state’s diabetes prevention effort by contributing a success story to the NACDD What’s Working database. We are especially interested in gathering more information for successes in these areas: 
  • Working with pharmacists to increase prediabetes awareness and referrals to CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs                                         
  • Private employer coverage of CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs                             
  • Approaches to ‘activate’ physicians around testing for prediabetes, referrals to CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs, and becoming champions for the National DPP
  • Bidirectional referral systems and building clinical and community linkages
When you’re ready to share your state’s success, contact Trina Thompson, and who can help you to draft the story. Need an example? Check out this recent Nebraska success story created from an article in The Connector newsletter. Remember, your stories are crucial for showing policymakers the value of the work we do every day.
Employee Centered Solutions for Diabetes Prevention
CDC is funding NACDD, among five other organizations, to scale and sustain the National DPP through the national 1212 grant. Through this funding, the Association supports efforts in New York and Pennsylvania; works with multiple employers to create employee access to National DPP lifestyle change programs; and helps to build capacity for CDC-recognized programs.

This work already is making an impact on two employer groups, who with NACDD support identified a need to address employees who could not attend traditional in-person classes that were being offered. Both employer groups developed a process to select the most appropriate vendor for providing virtual programs, and for identifying the best pay-for-performance model for their groups. They then created successful implementation plans for program roll-outs. For more information contact
Ali Patty.
Webinars & Trainings


NACDD will facilitate a series of interactive telephone discussions on diabetes self-management education for communities of practice. Watch for a short survey to assess interest and specific topics. In addition, CDC will host the following DSME webinars for 1305 grantees:

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2:30 - 4 p.m. EDT
    Nuts and Bolts of Diabetes Self-Management Education

  • Tuesday, July 25, 2:30 - 4 p.m. EDT
    Reimbursement of Diabetes Self-Management Education

  • Thursday, September 21, 2:30 - 4 p.m. EDT
    Making the Business Case for Diabetes Self-Management Education
This limited opportunity for up to three representatives from state health departments will be held September 12-14 in St. Louis. Details and eligibility will be announced soon.


Recordings of the following webinars are archived on the NACDD website:
  • Improving Diabetes Screening and Referral to Prevention Programs
  • Diabetes Prevention Impact Toolkit
  • Engagement Strategies for National DPP Lifestyle Change Programs Spotlighting Session Zero
  • Enhancing Diabetes Management in Schools: Policy, Protocol, and Collaboration
  • 50-State Survey of Laws that Affect Insurance Coverage for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Training
  • How to Leverage the CBS Broadcast Prediabetes Campaign in Your State
  • Getting Cozy with Economic Terms and Application in Diabetes Prevention
  • Online Resource Guides for School Nutrition, School Physical Education and Physical Activity, and the Management and Care of Chronic Conditions in Schools
  • CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program
  • Increasing Coverage of the CDC-Recognized Lifestyle Change Programs for State Employees Part 1 and 2
Funding for this newsletter was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors © 2017
The Connector, the NACDD Diabetes Team's quarterly newsletter, highlights collaborations with national, state and local partners to advance diabetes prevention and control
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