239181 Reducing the burden of diabetes through local health departments, coalitions, and community planning

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Amy Henes, MPH , Community Health, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, DC
Julie Nelson Ingoglia, MPH , National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, DC
Recent budget cuts at the local level create a challenge for local health departments (LHDs) in addressing the prevention and management of diabetes, prediabetes, and associated risk factors, such as obesity. For this reason, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) to strengthen the capacity of LHDs to reduce the burden of diabetes in their communities. In July 2010, with support from the CDC, NACCHO issued a request for applications to LHDs, inviting submission of an application for training in CDC's Diabetes Today curriculum. NACCHO selected 8 LHDs for participation in the training. Each LHD chose a community partner engaged in diabetes prevention and control to join it for the training and in future collaborative efforts. In October 2010, each LHD and partner team received training, and prepared their plans for the development of a coalition and/or interventions at the community level. By spring 2011, participants began to establish or expand their diabetes prevention and management coalitions, conduct surveys and focus groups to assess the current burden of diabetes, available resources, and services needed; and develop additional services to prevent and manage diabetes in their communities. Participation in the Diabetes Today training program and continuing support from NACCHO has provided LHDs and their community partners with an increased understanding of evidence-based practices and the need for coalitions, as well as new ideas of how to address the problems in their communities.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the ways in which local health departments can use community partnerships to further disease prevention and control activities. 2. Explain how monitoring and post-training follow-up activities can serve to further training objectives and coalition goals.

Keywords: Diabetes, Coalition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I support the diabetes prevention and management work of local health departments.
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.