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Man Scratching HeadIt  has come to my attention as of late that people are asking what they have to do to keep their Master Trainer certification. Well, here’s the Stanford Explanation of how to do it, and here is an abbreviated version for Master Trainers:

To retain your MT certification in more than 1 program you must do a 6-week workshop in all programs that you are certified in every 12 months from your certification dates and once every 2 years you must do a 4-day leader training in at least one of the programs that you’re certified in and the 6-week workshop in any of the other programs that you’re certified in.  A cross-training counts as a workshop.

Clear as mud? Please let the QTAC know if you have questions. We’re here to help!





It’s Here! The Spanish-language NDPP.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released the Spanish-language version of the National Diabetes Prevention Program and much like the English version, it is available at the CDC website for you to download and use.


Have aches and pains? It could be arthritis.

Arthritis is everywhere in this country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 in 5 adults have it and it is the #1 cause of disability; and, it’s NOT just an older person’s disease.  About 51% of women and 39% of men, ages 18-64, report having arthritis.

The NYSDOH recently released two reports on arthritis: arthritis-limitations as a restriction of Physical Activity and arthritis as a potential barrier to physical activity among obese adults in NYS.

These are staggering numbers indeed! However, there are a number of evidence-based programs that offer health benefits for people with arthritis including many that the QTAC offers (CDSMP, Tomando Control de su Salad, Active Living Every Day, and Walk With Ease).

For more on the QTAC-supported programs: http://ceacw.org/health-and-wellness-programs

You can read more about arthritis at: CDC.gov/arthritis 



Don’t Delay!




Good News! There is available CDSMP and other Stanford SME Programs Funding for Local Health Departments only.

This funding is available through the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the applications are due February 16.

For more information:


The QTAC is here to assist you and your partners with the application in the areas of training and other support. Call or email us to discuss options.




A training opportunity to help with implementing NYS’s Prevention Agenda in three locations – Albany, Syracuse and Rochester.  

The New York State Prevention Agenda 2013-2017 is the blueprint for state and local action to improve the health of New Yorkers. To assist local partners in implementing the Preventing Chronic Diseases Action Plan of the Prevention Agenda 2013-2017, trainings are being offered to local public health stakeholders, hospitals, and community partners who are working together to develop and implement their Community Health Improvement Plans and Community Service Plans, and related initiatives.

National and local leaders in these topic areas will serve as faculty. For example:

Mark Fenton, a national public health, planning, transportation consultant, and adjunct associate professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, will work with teams to achieve realistic results around Complete Street Policies.

  • Dr.  Cynthia Howard, Pediatric Director of the Mother-Baby unit at Rochester General Hospital and lead of the team that helped Rochester General Hospital become a Baby Friendly designated hospital will work with participants to develop actionable steps to move hospitals, pediatric and OBGYN practices to become breastfeeding friendly.
  • Katherine Bishop, Nutrition Policy Associate, Center for Science in the Public Interest, has worked with numerous states and localities to assist them in implementing healthy food standards including assisting NYC in adopting the nation’s first ordinances to ban trans fat from restaurants and list calorie information on menus and menu boards.  Ms. Bishop will work with teams to assist them in implementing healthy food standards in their communities.
  • Lisa Ferretti, Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness and the NYS Evidence-Based Health Programs Quality and Technical Assistance Center at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare works to advance the role of self-management education as a model to engage and activate people in their health decisions, self-care, and to realize the connections among health care and community agencies in managing chronic conditions.  Ms. Ferretti will work with teams to develop a sustainable workforce and infrastructure to deliver evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs in their communities.

A detailed agenda, listing confirmed speakers for each session, can be found here: http://www.nyspreventschronicdisease.com/

It is strongly encouraged that representatives from local coalition/partnerships who worked on Plans submitted to the State Health Department attend the trainings together.  This will allow teams to advance a series of activities which will result in an actionable plan to implement in your communities.







New Year, Renewed Quality

It seems like the New Year always brings with it a renewed sense of doing things better; no matter what it is.  Better diet, better exercise, a better sense of self. In our professional or private lives, all of us want to do better.

We, at the QTAC, are no exception to this quest for betterment. We are welcoming 2014  with better services, products, and quality for you – our partners.  But unlike the Arctic Blast of the past week, we will roll things out more slowly beginning with our January 16th monthly webinar.

This month’s webinar provides you with an opportunity to brush up on your facilitation skills. Whether new or old to the whole group facilitation scene, the webinar will provide you with ideas about group facilitation techniques, characteristics of adult learners, and why ground rules are so important. Be prepared to bring examples of your own experiences with groups because we all learn from each other.

To register: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/editmpldt0ia&eom


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Tommy, Can You Hear Me?

Hello out there! We are nearing the end of the calendar year and it’s been quite a year for us at the QTAC.

We’ve introduced many new things to you, our partners, such as new programs, a  new Partner Portal, and expanded QTAC services.

Part of our expanded services include the monthly webinars that we offer our partners. It is our sincere hope that you’re finding the webinars helpful which, if you miss any, can be found here.

In fact, we are busy planning the 2014 webinars and would like your suggestions as to what you want to see and hear.

Send your suggestions to QTAC@Albany.edu. Don’t delay – we want to hear from you!




Got Skills Drills?

For those of you who are familiar with the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness’ Skills Drills for Stanford Self-Management Programs, you probably know that they have become a hit across the state and the country with program coordinators and Master Trainers who are looking for a way to refresh and update their leaders on program fidelity and program quality.

The Skills Drills are a series of four videos that highlight the importance of sticking to the script of the program and elaborate on what can happen if you don’t! We have posted them to the following link for all to use: http://www.ceacw.org/qtac/q-training#video.

We also have a limited supply of the Skills Drills DVD. Please contact the QTAC for your copy today!


Tomando Contol de su Salud

Stanford Patient Education and Research Center recently announced that the long-awaited update to the Tomando program will begin next month. I know that many of you have been asking about this update and patiently awaiting this announcement.

Now for some of the facts surrounding it:

  • Registration is now available from the Stanford website
  • ALL active Tomando trainers should take the Stanford update training. That is the only way that you can receive this update training.

Similar to the CDSMP update requirements, active is defined as:

  • Those who have been trained for the first time anytime between Dec. 2012 and Dec. 2013 and are still completing their certification.
  • Those trained prior to Dec. 2012 who have facilitated a Tomando workshop series,  or a 4-day Tomando Leader training or a 2-day Tomando Leader cross training anytime between Dec. 2012 and Dec. 2013.
  • If trained in June 2012 or before and completed certification, trainers need to have conducted their first leader training within 18 months from date they were trained.

There are two categories of Tomando trainers who qualify to take the Tomando online update training:

  • Tomando only trainers (not trained in CDSMP) (Will learn the differences between the old-2007 and the new-2013 program)
  • Tomando 2007 and CDSMP 2012 trainers (have either completed the CDSMP 2012 update training or taken a full CDSMP 2012 training (Will learn the differences between the old-2007 and the new-2013 program as well as the differences between CDSMP 2012 and the new Tomando 2013)

Stanford will also admit leaders associated with licensed organizations that 1) do not have Tomando trainers as part of their teams, or 2) the total number of leaders in their group is less than 8.  Twelve is the recommended minimum for group training.

The cost for the update training is as follows:

Free                       Trained between June and December 2013

$50.00                   Trained between December 2012 and May 2013

$250.00                 Trained prior to December 2012

$100.00                 Leaders (See note above. They will only admit leaders if there is not an active Tomando trainer as part of their organizational teams.)

So, how do you fit into all of this activity? Well, for one, if you are an active Tomando Master Trainer (see the active definition above), we want to know. PLEASE reach out to us via email: QTAC@Albany.edu and let us know ASAP. If you’re not sure, contact us anyway. We have most Trainers records and can assist in answering your questions.  Depending upon interest, eligibility and resources, we may be able to help with the cost of the update.

Remember that we need to know sooner rather than later!