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How Effective are Diabetes Prevention Programs?

This link contains a new CDC Expert Commentary on Medscape, “How Effective Are Diabetes Prevention Programs?” helps clinicians understand more about the role of the National Diabetes Prevention Program in preventing type 2 diabetes in their patients at high risk.


 The guest expert is Dr. Ann Albright, PhD, RD, Director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Listen as she talks about the National Diabetes Prevention Program and what the CDC is doing about the epidemic.


Please share this link with your clinical partners and others as part of your work on prediabetes awareness and diabetes primary prevention: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/831948. (Note: Users new to Medscape must set up an account and identify a user ID and password. The user account is free.)


For a transcript of the video address, click here: Medscape Expert Commentary



NYS Prevention Agenda is Back

prevention agenda

Back with a bunch of stories about promoting Evidence-based Self-Management Programs to providers.

Register now for this free webinar on August 27, 2014 from 12-1pm ET

The Webinar will result in the participants ability to :

  • List three reasons why health care providers and organizations should develop linkages to self-management programs for patients with chronic conditions.
  • Identify two barriers experienced by primary care practices in consistently referring patients to self-management programs, and how to overcome them.
  • Describe two outcomes that primary care providers often observe in their patients who complete a self-management program.

Medical Homes are a growing reality

And who wouldn’t want the comforts of home?

firside A nice, cozy place to rest your weary body and get some much needed R&R when the time becomes necessary…Wait a minute! The Medical Home, or Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), isn’t a place to bring our weary, aged and sick bodies and minds but a concept, a model of organized care that delivers the core functions of primary health care (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality).  As I recently saw in an ad for a large, nationwide health insurer it is Health + Care.  Clever, yes?

Working with PCMHs isn’t a new concept to our QTAC partners. Now with the dawning of the Affordable Care Act and it’s emphasis on PCMH. The NCQA Standards for PCMH are the industry’s accepted standards for PCMH recognition.  Recognition that many practices and providers from across the country stride for and who may be in various stages of completion.

One health care system in particular and a QTAC partner, the Glen Falls Hospital, was recently featured in an Albany Times Union article with a focus on the “Medical Home”. The hospital system is involved in a larger, regional effort to change the delivery of healthcare to Health + Care for North Country residents. The pilot project is called the Adirondack Region Medical Home Pilot.

Tell us what you think of the concept and whether your actively working to become, or work with, a PCMH. We just might be able to help!


Common Ground


The Common Ground Community is a space for Lifestyle Coaches to learn, connect, and work together with other Lifestyle Coaches who are delivering lifestyle change programs that are proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.  The Common Ground Community provides Lifestyle Coaches with helpful resources, tips for delivering the program, and opportunities to ask questions of other Lifestyle Coaches around the country.

The new CDC Common Ground Learning community is specifically for NDPP Lifestyle Coaches with organizations that have received pending recognition status from the CDC to deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Program.






Prevention Agenda Webinar Series

Measuring Interim Progress and Success in the
New York State Prevention Agenda

July 31, 2014, 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT

The Prevention Agenda (2013-17) is the blue print for action to improve and promote the health of all New Yorkers. The Prevention Agenda Dashboard provides a means of tracking health indicators at the state and county levels. But how can you tell if local strategies are really contributing to “moving the needle” on Prevention Agenda health indicators? This one hour webinar is an introduction to measuring progress and success through robust local level evaluation projects. It will present a framework for evaluating chronic disease prevention programs, use of the framework to design successful evaluation projects and provide two specific examples of local evaluation projects.

For a full description of this program please visit our website or download the informa tional flyer.

To register for this free LIVE WEBINAR please complete the registration form below.

Click here to Register

Call us at 518.402.0330 or e-mail coned@albany.edu if you need assistance.

Thank you!


Interested in Community to Clinical Linkages?



 A Practical Playbook:  Public Health & Primary Care Together is a new, interactive website that was unveiled in March by the de Beaumont Foundation, Duke Community and Family Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  It is designed to promote and facilitate collaborative health projects between public health officers and primary care providers.

Of particular interest are:

The stages of integration 

The value of working together

Cross-cutting topics

What do you need to know about the this subject in order to put it into action? Tell us your thoughts on the matter.



Welcome, Summer!

Summertime and the living is easy, right? Or, at least, it should be for us hardy North-easterners.

The people at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working to make it so for every American; whatever the time of year.


Introducing the Division of Community Health’s (DCH) launch of Community Health Online Resource Center (CHORC)!  The CHORC is a searchable database that houses over 400 resources to help communities implement changes to prevent chronic disease and promote healthy living.  The available resources include webinars, policy briefs, guides, toolkits, and other practical materials which are organized by content areas.  The CHORC is updated on a quarterly basis, to ensure that the resources are relevant and current.  You can access the CHORC by clicking the following link:http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/online-resource/index.htm.

Go ahead – live a healthy summer!


Go4Life, an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, is designed to help you fit exercise and physical activity into your daily life Motivating older adults to become physically active for the first time, return to exercise after a break in their routines, or build more exercise and physical activity into weekly routines are the essential elements of Go4Life. Go4Life offers exercises, motivational tips, and free resources to help you get ready, start exercising, and keep going. The Go4Life campaign includes an evidence-based exercise guide in both English and Spanish, an exercise video, an interactive website, and a national outreach campaign.




1 in 4 New York adults are affected by arthritis, the most common cause of disability

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 16, 2014) — May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. To help raise awareness and assist people with the challenges of living with arthritis, the New York State Department of Health (DOH), in partnership with the Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness at the University at Albany, is supporting ongoing self-management education and physical activity workshops. The workshops are intended to help people take control of their arthritis by teaching them free and easy ways to reduce pain and limitations.

Arthritis is a debilitating disease that affects the lives of nearly one in four New York adults (24.4%) and is the most common cause of disability in the state and nation. Arthritis can lead to limitations in daily activities, increased time off from work, and diminished quality of life.

There are simple steps individuals can take to help decrease the pain and disability of arthritis, such as maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in physical activity.

“For individuals who have arthritis, the chronic pain can often lead to a lack of physical activity,” said Acting State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker, “However, in many cases, increasing physical activity is one of the best ways to manage the pain. I encourage individuals with arthritis to take advantage of the many beneficial programs currently available to help manage their symptoms.”

Low impact activities such as walking, swimming, and biking are generally safe and appropriate for individuals with arthritis and can play a role in both maintaining a healthy weight and reducing pain; losing as little as five percent of total body weight can reduce stress on knees, hips, and the lower back.

Individuals who have participated in free and low-cost workshops say being more physically active has helped them lose weight, reduce arthritis pain, and decrease their risk of developing other chronic health conditions. To learn more about workshops in your area and sign up, visit the Center for Excellence in Aging and Community Wellness at the University at Albany website,https://ceacw.org/health-and-wellness-programs or call 1-877-496-2780.

New York is one of twelve states funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Arthritis Program, which supports evidence-based community interventions to reduce pain and disability and improve the quality of life for people with arthritis. Information about DOH’s Arthritis Program can be found at www.health.ny.gov/arthritis.


GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities

The Aetna Foundation Regional Grants Program announced available community grant funding for three communities in New York State:  New York City, Long Island, Westchester

This grant program will help to support initiatives that encourage healthy eating and active living, particularly within low-income, underserved and minority communities.

They are encouraging proposals that offer creative ways to:

  • Provide nutrition education and build skills for preparing healthy foods
  • Increase the availability and affordability of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Help families select and prepare healthy foods on a limited budget
  • Support community gardening and urban farming
  • Make physical activity accessible, affordable and fun

They are accepting applications during two cycles: April 10 to June 5, and June 16 to July 30. Grants will be awarded at one of two levels: $25,000 or $50,000 for up to a one-year project period.

Learn more about GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities:  Regional Grants web page.