Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Updates on Diabetes Prevention Efforts

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken (D) has introduced legislation aimed at reducing diabetes rates, the Minnesota Post reports. Co-sponsored by Rep. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), the Diabetes Prevention Act of 2009 will provide grants to community-based diabetes prevention (CDP) programs that seek to identify, refer and provide individuals at high risk for diabetes with cost-effective, group-based lifestyle intervention programs. In addition, the legislation will allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish a recognition program for CDP programs that requires them to adhere to specific standards and submit outcomes data; develop curriculum and training for intervention programs offered in partnership with state diabetes programs, academic institutions and community-based non-profits; and provide evaluation, monitoring and technical assistance to each CDP program. In addition, the legislation will establish a public registry of the CDC-recognized programs. Finally, the legislation will provide applied research grants to advance the national strategy for community-based programs, improve communication strategies for high-risk communities and examine model benefit and payment methods for diabetes care (Kimball, Minnesota Post, 11/6/09). (c) RWJF 2009

INQRI researchers Robin Whittemore, Ph.D., a nurse scholar and Alana Rosenberg, M.P.H., a scholar in public health are conducting a randomized clinical trial to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in at-risk adults. Their INQRI project, "A Diabetes Prevention Program in the Community," features visiting nurses in subsidized housing units. The team will modify a research-based diabetes prevention program; evaluate the preliminary effects of the modified diabetes prevention program provided by visiting nurses; and they will explore the reach, adoption, implementation, and cost of a diabetes prevention program delivered by visiting nurses to residents in subsidized housing units.

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