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For those of you in Western and Central NY, Lifespan is hosting their annual Spring Information & Inspiration Series: Information Inspiration_2015 Final

There are multiple workshops for older adults and their caregivers. One workshop in particular “Living Healthy with Diabetes” still has space for more registrants!  Register online at www.lifespan-roch.org/new-events/ or call 585-244-8400, ext. 401.




NDPP Provider Toolkit

The Prevent Diabetes STAT Toolkit has been released by the The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both organizations announced in early April that they joined forces to take urgent action to prevent diabetes through the initiative, Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act – Today™.


The toolkit gives you access to fact sheets for providers and medical teams as well as patients plus other tools that will help make the processes of adopting the NDPP easier within the practice. You are asked to set up a user account but the actual toolkit is free.


There is also a webpage for providers, that is found here. It is complete with a provider interview about the benefits of the program.



 Grant Opportunity: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Awards (Upstate NY)

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield is making awards available to support the financial needs of health and wellness programs within 31 counties of Upstate New York.


What type of activities might be supported? Award are intended to focus on:

* Activities to improve improve the health status of the community or to reduce the incidence of specific diseases
* Community wide health education
* Group-specific health education
* Wellness


Programs must promote a safe and healthy lifestyle. They must fund direct services, not staff salaries or benefits.


 To be eligible, the organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in the 31 counties of upstate New York and primarily serve a population within one or more of the listed counties. The 31 counties include: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Otsego, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, St. Lawrence, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates. Public Schools are eligible to apply.


Applications must be received by February 9th, 2015.


Through a competitive application process, the awards provide financial support of up to $4,000 each to 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups that have set clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population in the community

 Application should be submitted to the appropriate regional contact:

* Central New York region (Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Tompkins counties): Email application to Community.Health.Awards.CNY@Excellus.com

* Rochester region (Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties): Email application to Community.Health.Awards.ROC@Excellus.com

* Southern Tier region (Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Schuyler, Steuben and Tioga counties): Email application to Melissa.Klinko@Excellus.com

* Utica region (Clinton, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida and Otsego counties): Email application to Community.Health.Awards.Utica@Excellus.com

 Awards will be distributed in March 2015

More information can be found at the BCBS website





New online calculator measures heart disease risk

A new Healthy Heart Score developed by researchers at Harvard  School of Public Health gives individuals an easy method to estimate their risk of developing cardiovascular disease based on simple lifestyle habits: https://healthyheartscore.sph.harvard.edu/

Try it out for yourself today!


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Giving Thanks for the Little Things

The Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults

A survey of older people in 11 countries finds that U.S. adults are sicker than their counterparts abroad, as well as the most likely to have problems paying their medical bills and getting needed healthcare. U.S. adults also reported difficulty getting care in a timely fashion and using emergency departments for issues that a primary care physician could treat.

Among the bright spots for the United States: having a care plan for chronic illness, and planning for end-of-life care.

Building on approaches such as the Chronic Care Model, which has been widely adopted around the world, countries are testing new ways to deliver care, moving services from institutions into the community and home, and empowering patients to manage their conditions with technology. Similarly, countries are using new payment systems, including risk sharing, shared savings models, and bundled payment, to foster better communication among providers, care coordination, and accountability.

Click here for the full article                                                                                                     Read below for more information on a grant opportunity

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international study

Is your organization moving in the right direction to help older adults with chronic conditions? Are you providing evidence-based programs to people that fit this description? Are you looking to expand or strengthen community collaborations with other service providers including healthcare?

The BUILD Health Challenge is a national award program designed to support community collaborations that are working to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy. Specifically, the BUILD Health Challenge will give two kinds of awards – planning and implementation awards – to strengthen partnerships among hospitals, nonprofits, local health departments, and other community organizations to improve the health of low-income neighborhoods within cities with populations greater than 150,000. In addition to grants, awardees will have access to a broad range of support services, including technical assistance, coaching and access to networks of population health innovators.

Important Dates:

December 2, 4, and 9: Q&A Web conferences for potential participants

January 16, 2015: Round 1 applications due

February 12, 2015: Invitations extended to select applicants for Round 2

April 10, 2015: Round 2 applications due

June 9, 2015: Awardees announced


Read the Call for Applications here


QTAC News You Can Use



towncrierThe MP3 downloads are now available!


Audio books for Living a Healthy Life and Tomando Control

Bull Publishing is pleased to introduce the newest audiobooks:

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, US 4th Edition – AUDIOBOOK

*       Set of CDs – $26.36 each
*       MP3 files – $18.36 (for single copy downloads only)

Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions,
>  CANADIAN 4th Edition –

*       Set of CDs – $26.36 each
*       MP3 files – $18.36 (for single copy downloads only)

Tomando control de su salud, 4th Edition
<https://www.bullpub.com/catalog/Tomando-control-de-su-salud-4th-edition>  –

*       MP3 files – $18.36 (for single copy downloads only)
*       Set of CDs coming in 2015

You can listen to samples of the US and Canadian audiobooks on their product

They  offer a 20% discount off the regular price from their website. Purchase at:


Please feel free to contact Bull Publishing with your questions at (800) 676-2855 or sales@bullpub.com




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


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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.