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Helping Communities with Disaster Preparedness

Storms, floods, wildfires, and terrorism can devastate communities overnight. Meeting basic needs for food, water, power, and shelter may be a struggle for many months after the disaster, and lives may be changed forever. Public health professionals who advocate for community residents with chronic diseases can ease the impact of a disaster by planning ahead. MORE

Resources on the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

New resources on the MDPP website Overview of MDPP MDPP Supplier Enrollment A link to the CMS website is now available on the NACDD website.

Summit Highlights Collective Impact of National DPP

NACDD, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hosted the National DPP State Engagement Outcomes Summit in February to highlight and celebrate the collective impact of work achieved by state health departments and their partners since hosting their State Engagement Meeting (StEM). State health departments and national partners submitted a total of 46 outcome briefs highlighting their roles, impacts, reach, partners, and lessons learned. There have been 31 StEMs since 2012 involving 2,328 participants and 1,460 organizations. MORE

Elections Open Soon for Diabetes Council Positions

Do you want to make a difference at a national level? Do you like interacting with colleagues from other states? Are you a big-picture thinker with great ideas? Elections for positions on NACDD’s Diabetes Council Leadership Group will be held in the coming months. This group acts as a collective voice for change, inspiring strategic direction for diabetes prevention and control, advocating for state health departments, and connecting colleagues across the country. Learn more about positions and eligibility here. Watch for a special eblast message soon!

Leadership Group Positions Open for Election in Spring 2018
  • Chair Elect – works with Becky DiOrio, incoming chair and Chris Lucero, outgoing chair, for one year before serving as chair
  • Professional Development Workgroup – One co-chair
  • Mentoring Workgroup – One co-chair
  • Liaison for NACDD School Health Council – One position

2018 Diabetes Prevention and Recognition Program Standards

The DPRP Standards are a set of guidelines that CDC-recognized organizations delivering the National DPP lifestyle change program need to adhere to in order to be considered a “recognized” National DPP provider. To ensure high quality and impact, CDC sets these standards for organizations that offer an in-person or online lifestyle change program. The new DPRP Standards are now posted on CDC’s website and a 2018 DPRP Standards Transition Webinar by CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program was hosted in early March to introduce changes in the 2018 version. If you missed it, the recording is posted hereMORE

National DPP is on the Move in Medicaid

2703 Medicaid Health Homes
A new section has been added to the National DPP Coverage Toolkit, titled “Attaining Coverage Through a 2703 Medicaid Health Home,” which describes how 2703 Medicaid health homes potentially could be used to support either implementation of or referrals to the National DPP lifestyle change program. Medicaid health homes, implemented through a 2703 State Plan Amendment (SPA), allow states to provide care management services for eligible beneficiaries who have two or more chronic diseases, one chronic condition and are at risk for another, or have a serious and persistent mental health condition. Qualifying health home services include: comprehensive care management, care coordination and health promotion, comprehensive transitional care/follow-up, patient and family support, referral to community and social support services, and use of health information technology to link services. States receive a 90 percent federal match for the first eight fiscal quarters that the 2703 SPA is in effect. MORE

Be sure to read the full article for highlights on:
  • National DPP Medicaid Pilot in Two States Showing Success
  • What's New in the National DPP Coverage Toolkit
  • Building a Case for Coverage

Comings and Goings

Christopher Lucero, BCH, CHES, the current Chair of the Diabetes Council, accepted a position as the program manager for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP). Chris has been the health educator supervisor for the DPCP since 2013 and joined the NMDOH in 2004. In his new position, Chris will oversee the delivery of essential public health services related to the prevention and management of diabetes and related chronic health conditions, including surveillance and evaluation, assessment, community mobilization, policy development, linking people to needed health services. He will provide leadership and direction to staff of the DPCP and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention programs.
Dorine Conley, BA, recently joined the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program as the Diabetes Prevention Coordinator. Dorine has more than a decade of public health experience in cancer prevention & control, tobacco use prevention & control and immunization practices.

Melissa Cammack, MS, CHES, in now the Diabetes Prevention and Control Branch Manager in the Texas Department of State Health Services in December 2017. Previously, Melissa worked in obesity prevention and was the coordinator of the Texas heart attack and stroke data collection initiative. Before working in state government, Melissa implemented and evaluated various health education programs at the county level, for a nonprofit, and at Texas A&M University’s Center for the Study of Health Disparities.

Jessie Lamprecht, BA, LPN, recently joined the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Chronic Disease and Prevention team as a Lifestyle Coach Coordinator. Previously, she was a clinic coordinator and community educator for 12 years working in mental health and substance use, and also in contraception, STDs, and HIV/AIDs education.

Houa Vue-Her, PhD, RDN, accepted a position as the Director for Diabetes Health Improvement with the Center for Prevention, BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota. Houa was with the Minnesota Department of Health since 2014, first as a Diabetes Prevention Planner, and more recently as the Diabetes Unit supervisor. In her new role she will help to lead planning and execution to advance the company's short and long term diabetes goals.  
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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.
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