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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


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

Click here for the Info graphic

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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