174737 Strategic planning for diabetes that speaks to the coalition and community

Wednesday, October 29, 2008: 12:45 PM

Frances D. Butterfoss, PhD, MSEd , Department of Pediatrics, Division of Community Health and Research, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Ann Forburger, MS , Division of Chronic Disease Prevention & Control, Diabetes Prevention & Control Project, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, VA
Kathy Gold, RN, MSN, CDE , Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation, Herndon, VA
Patti Kiger, MEd , Dept. of Pediatrics, Div of Community Health and Research, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Background: Nearly 400,000 Virginians have diabetes and that number increases each year. In 2007, the Virginia Diabetes Council (VDC) engaged consultants to conduct a collaborative statewide assessment and planning process that engaged coalition members, key experts and diverse community organizations and individuals to identify and promote best practices for diabetes prevention, control, and treatment in Virginia.

Methods: VDC members were involved early in the assessment process to review other state diabetes plans, agree on elements of a quality plan, develop and participate in Diabetes Dialogues in 7 geographic regions of the state, and collect data via key informant interviews and on-line surveys. Subsequent planning sessions helped members develop goals, objectives and interventions for identified needs and priority groups as part of a comprehensive plan.

Results: The 7 Dialogues involved 89 participants (24% VDC members). Of these, 53% were familiar with VDC and 39% were aware of 1998 Virginia Diabetes Plan. Twenty key informants participated in the assessment: 10 telephone interviews and 10 on-line surveys. Subsequent planning sessions led to the development a state plan with 22 goals and 68 objectives organized around 8 strategic initiatives: VDC Capacity Building, Surveillance and Evaluation, Prevention, Education and Empowerment, Access to Care, Quality of Care, Research, and Advocacy. The Virginia Diabetes Plan 2007-2017 was completed in 6 months, involved over 130 stakeholders and was endorsed by VDC in October 2007.

Conclusion: With training and technical assistance, coalitions can develop comprehensive, strategic plans that reflect diverse stakeholder needs and are more likely to be effective.

Learning Objectives:
1) Recount the steps to developing an effective 10-year state diabetes plan; and 2) demonstrate how a collaborative process with state coalition members led to inclusive assessment and feedback results.

Keywords: Diabetes, Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I directed the planning process as an Eastern Virginia Medical School contractor with the Virginia Department of Health
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.