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Are you aware of the online journal, Frontiers? 

It is a free, online access journal that contains many relevant articles and postings from 54 open access journals, 55,000 editors, 38,000 articles, 5,100,000 monthly article views and downloads .

A recent article is the “Concordance between self-reports and Medicare claims among participants in a national study of chronic disease self-management program”.

Follow this link to review the Evidence-Based Programming for Older Adults journal.


Read top articles from The Diabetes Educator in honor of National Diabetes Education Week—free for a limited time!



Retaining Your NDPP Participants

You’re halfway through the NDPP curriculum celebrating week 16! What cohesion, what progress your group has made over the past several months, but there’s a nagging worry in the back of your brain, “How Will I Keep The People Coming Back??” especially when you’re only going to be meeting once a month now…


There are a couple of things that you can consider as you transition from weekly to monthly meetings with your group. The first is to hold bi-weekly meeting in the beginning to get people more accustomed to longer periods between face time; and, the second is to incorporate a social contract, or Mid-way Pledge: NDPP Social Contract

Taken from the Common Ground website, the Mid-way Pledge has been used successfully by many Lifestyle Coaches to acclimate their participants to the second phase of the NDPP program.


The Stanford Patient Education and Research Center has REVISED the DSMP peer leader and master trainer manuals with the NEW ADA guidelines. Since they wanted to get them to DSMP leaders and trainers as quickly as possible, they did NOT reformat them as they have the other manuals. So, call-out icons and other changes will NOT appear in this version, which is labeled “June 2015 version.”

You should continue to use your current manuals.  Please update them by making the detailed changes outlined in the attached link: DSMP manual revisions effective July 2015

Per Stanford, the Spanish DSMP manuals will most likely be available within the next month, the Tomando manuals probably next week or so. We, at the QTAC, will send out those revisions to our partners as they are received.

Questions should be directed to the QTAC at: QTAC@albany.edu. Thank you.



There have been several changes to the language in the script of the CDSMP Peer Leader manual.

See below for the changes:


Session:  2-6

Activity:  1: Feedback and Problem-Solving

Older manual:  

Start with yourself as a model but make it very short.

Be sure one Leader models a plan that has been accomplished, and the other where a modification was made and then completed.

Manual as revised April 2015:

Start with yourself as a model but make it very short.

If one Leader encountered problems, he/she should model that a modification was made and then completed.


Session:   3

Activity:   2: Making Decisions

Older manual:  

#8.     Instructions to Leaders: At the end of 10 minutes, reconvene the group and ask for 1 or 2 people to share:

1) the decision they were trying to make,

2) what they decided and

3) if that was what their gut told them.

Manual as revised April 2015: 

  1. Instructions to Leaders: At the end of 10 minutes, reconvene the group and ask for 1 or 2 people to share:

1) the decision they were trying to make

2) 3-4 of the “fors” and “againsts” (no need for scoring)

3) what they decided, and

4) if that was what their gut told them


Session: 5

Activity:  4: Making Informed Treatment Decisions

Older manual: 

  1. Say in your own words: If you use the Internet as a source of information about medications or other treatments, it is important to be cautious. Not everything found on the Internet is correct or even safe.

Therefore to help you find the more reliable sources look at the author or sponsor of the site and the URL address. Here are some examples:

Instructions to Leaders: Write these URLs on board or chartpad




Instructions to Leaders: Point to each address as you explain what follows:

Addresses ending in .edu, such as the address for the Stanford Patient Education Research Center, are educational institutions; .org, such as for the National Council on Aging are non-profit institutions.gov, such as for the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, are government institutions. These are generally more objective and reliable. Some.com sites can also be good, but because they come from commercial or for profit organizations, their information might be biased, as they may be trying to promote or sell their own products.

Manual as revised April 2015:

  1. Say in your own words: If you use the Internet as a source of information about medications or other treatments, it is important to be cautious. Not everything found on the Internet is correct or even safe.

Therefore to help you find the more reliable sources look at the author or sponsor of the site and the URL address. Here are some examples:

Describe Chart 23a

  1. Say in your own words: Websites from non-profits, government and educational institutions are usually reputable.  .com or .co or .biz sites are usually trying to sell or promote products or services, or they have advertisers on the site. You may want to consider these sites more cautiously. However, as in the case of WebMD, there are many reputable and valuable.com sites that are trustworthy and helpful, just as there can sometimes be incorrect information on some  .edu, .org or .gov sites.


Chart 23a should be added to the charts and a copy placed in your chart Appendix


Keep in mind that you need to makes these changes permanent in your Peer Leader manual. We will not be sending new manuals to peer leaders.


Question? Contact us at QTAC@albany.edu
  We’re here to help!


The CDC has released a new arthritis report that analyzed data from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS).Key findings from this study show that having a greater number of chronic conditions was linked to adverse outcomes in social participation, psychological distress, and work limitations, including disability and missing work. If arthritis was one of those conditions, the outcomes were even worse, and arthritis alone had a greater impact on social participation and work limitations than having another chronic condition.
·         Among adults with one chronic condition, those with arthritis reported worse social participation restrictions (4.1 vs. 2.2%) and work disability (16.1 vs. 9.3%).
·         Among adults with 2 or more chronic conditions, those with arthritis reported worse social participation restrictions (10.5 vs. 6.7%), serious psychological distress (9.9 vs.6.8%) and work disability (31.2 vs. 23.8%) than those not having arthritis.
CDC’s Arthritis Program recommends that people with arthritis and other chronic conditions can reduce these harmful effects by taking part in physical activity and self-management education programs that are proven to reduce the adverse effects of arthritis (e.g., pain, depression) and its comorbidities (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, obesity).
CDC will continue working with the Arthritis Foundation (AF), YMCA, National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and our other partners to reduce the burden of arthritis in the United States.
For more information or to download the MMWR report (see page 578), please visit:

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!


heart score