November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes Events Hosted by Coalitions in the Appalachia Diabetes Network
Hale County, Alabama
In recognition of American Diabetes Month, the Hale County Diabetes Coalition is sponsoring a community walk to educate community members living with diabetes and their families about how to better manage their diabetes at the Inaugural “Sugar Stomp” walk and health fair. The event will take place on Saturday November 16, 2019 from 8 am to 10 am at Lions Park in Greensboro, AL .
Adams-Brown County, Ohio
Over 100 people attended the 5th annual Diabetes Celebration evening on October 22nd at the Georgetown Church of Christ Fellowship Hall in Georgetown, Ohio. This event was sponsored by the Adams-Brown Diabetes Coalition (ABDC), the Brown County Health Department, and the Brown County Sugar Helpers with support from the Brown County Health and Wellness Foundation.
Kemper County
Mississippi
Nouxbee County
Mississippi
The Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center along with the Johnson County Health Department, will be hosting the second annual World Diabetes Day Lunch & Learn and Health Fair on November 14 at the Ramada Inn of Paintsville, KY from 9:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. Free health screenings will be available such as A1C diabetes screenings, dental exams flu shots, foot exams, cholesterol screenings and blood pressure checks. Gentle Chair Yoga sessions will be offered throughout the day. The first 100 participants will receive a free event t-shirt.
Johnson County, Kentucky
The Johnson County Diabetes Coalition will be featured on Kentucky Educational Television in a segment on the National Diabetes Prevention Program offered at the local health department. This footage also spotlights their annual "Fall Into Fitness" walks and will also be a part of a program that will air in January 2020 on the diabetes in KY.
Pocahontas County
West Virginia
Pocahontas Memorial Hospital is hosting a special event called Healthy Cooking Tasting Stations on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 to recognize National Diabetes Awareness Month.
Perry County
Kentucky
The Perry County Diabetes Coalition will be co-hosting a Lunch and Learn event on November 21 st  at the Hazard ARH Medical Mall. Additionally, the coalition will be participating in the Diabetes: Don’t Sugar Coat it Wellness event at a local clinic sponsored by the Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky.
Grundy County
Tennessee
The Grundy County Diabetes Coalition will be volunteering at the local food bank to help the families in need. They are hoping to surpass their numbers from last year ( in 2018 we helped 84 families).
Winston County
Mississippi
The Coalition for a Healthy Winston County will host a variety of events for National Diabetes Awareness Month
  • Nov. 3: Mt. Sinai feeding Nanih Waiya Football Program
  • Nov 5th: Community Focus Group/Winston Medical Center
  • Nov 6th: Triad Partnership Meal
  • Nov 10th: Faith Base Churches National Diabetes Month: PSA, Fact Sheets, Wearing Color Blue
  • Nov 13th Brighter Days National Diabetes Month & AARP National Diabetes Month 
  • Nov 14th Diabetes Support Group 
  • Nov 25th Farmers Market 3:00- 5:30 pm
Tis' The Season to Be Healthy during the Holidays!
Need some advice on navigating the holiday buffet at work or the next family gathering? Of course, we all do! Click on the link for resources to help you stay on track through the holidays.

Maintain, Don't Gain Challenge
This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey. Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds. You are invited to join the 13th annual Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge. 

Mitchell - Yancey Substance Abuse Task Force
Photo contest and Town Hall
Communities Talk Town Hall - November 19, 6pm at Mitchell High School
The Mitchell County Town Hall is just around the corner! District Attorney Seth Banks will present the photo contest winners at the beginning of the night and he will take part in the panel of experts including: Dr. Steve North, SRO Justin Biddix and Sheriff Donald Street, Vaping Prevention Specialist Bryan Austin, Underage Drinking Prevention Specialist Joe Marks, and two Mitchell High School youth. Save the date and join us for this important event!
Coalition Site Visits and Leader Training
Dr. Richard Crespo, Shea Holbrook and Regina Knox presented at the American Public Health Association in Philadelphia this month highlighting the work that community health workers and diabetes coalitions are doing throughout Appalachia. Presenters for the session are pictured in the photo.
Job Postings in the Region
The Meigs County Health Department (an EEO employer/provider) seeks a full-time (35 hours per week) Health Educator to coordinate the Creating Healthy Communities Program. This grant-funded position with a starting pay of $21.20 per hour with benefits will be available 1/2/20. A Bachelor’s Degree in Health Education/Promotion or equivalent field is required. A full job description is located at  www.meigs-health.com . Submit letter of interest, three professional letters of reference, resume and proof of degree to  Courtney.midkiff@meigs-health.com  by or before 4PM on Nov. 25th. No paper materials will be accepted.
PATH has a position available for a part-time Administrative Assistant. The Administrative Assistant works under the direct supervision of the Director of Finance and Development, working closely with the Substance Abuse Task Force Program Manager, Healthy Lifestyles Program Manager, Executive Director and other staff to fulfill the mission of the organization and achieve the goals of the programs. 

Compensation is $12 per hour for 20 hours per week. Hours are somewhat flexible. Benefits include flexible work schedule; 12 paid holidays at 4 hours/holiday; annual paid time off as stipulated in the PATH Personnel Policies – accrued bi-weekly; mileage reimbursement; simple IRA with 3% employer match, eligible after 12 months of employment. Please submit resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to info@pathwnc.org.
Regional and National Conferences
Rural Health Association of Tennessee
Save-The-Date
Music Road Resort Hotel & Inn, Pigeon Forge, TN
November 20 - 22, 2019


Mississippi Rural Health Association Conference
Hilton Jackson:1001 E County Line Rd, Jackson, MS 39211
November 21-22, 2019

The Rural Health Voice Conference
The Rural Health Voice Conference is an occasion to recognize that health in rural areas is not the sole responsibility of doctors and nurses. Education, economic development, transportation, the built environment, and even social opportunities play a role in the health of individuals and communities. All aspects of the community are providers or barriers to health. Join the conversation!
November 20 & 21, 2019
New College Institute, 191 Fayette Street, Martinsville, VA 24112

POWER meeting
Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) workshop. POWER is a congressionally funded initiative that targets federal resources to help communities and regions that have been affected by job losses in coal mining, coal power plant operations, and coal-related supply chain industries due to the changing economics of America's energy production. Join ARC staff and other experts to learn how to develop a strong appli cation for POWER 2020 in response to the POWER 2020 Request for Proposals (RFP available in early December). All workshops will run from 9am – 3pm and are free to attend. Pre-registration required. Lunch provided.

43rd Annual National Rural Health Conference
NRHA's  Annual Rural Health Conference  and  Rural Hospital Innovation Summit  are the nation's premier events celebrating rural health. They are curated for anyone with an interest in rural health care, including rural health practitioners, hospital administrators, clinic directors and lay health workers, social workers, state and federal health employees, academics, community members, and more.
May 19-22, 2020, San Diego, Calif.


American Diabetes Association Meeting
80th Scientific Sessions
The Scientific Sessions offers researchers and health care professionals an amazing opportunity to share ideas and learn about the significant advances in diabetes research, treatment, and care. Over the course of five days, attendees will receive exclusive access to more than 2,800 original research presentations, take part in provocative and engaging exchanges with leading diabetes experts, and expand professional networks with over 15,000 attendees from around the world.
June 12 - 16, 2020, Chicago, Illinois
Funding Opportunities
NACDD collaborates and receives financial support from the CDC Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) to plan, implement, and evaluate a Walkability Action Institute (WAI) as a multi-day “course” for interdisciplinary teams. Each year, interdisciplinary four-to-six-member teams, comprised of public health, transportation, planning, elected officials, and other disciplines apply to receive travel assistance to attend the course, develop team action plans, and implement PSE outcomes to make their communities, regions, and states more walkable over the long term. Due December 20, 2019.
Grants for local park and recreation agencies to train instructors in evidence-based physical activity programs that are designed to positively impact chronic disease management, increase physical activity engagement, help seniors age in place, and improve quality of life. Instructors must provide services to underserved populations, including populations of color, those living in/near the poverty level, those with limited access to healthcare and human services, rural and other remote geographic populations, and populations highly affected by chronic conditions. Due 11/26/2019
Grants for the development of integrated healthcare networks that work to address health problems that could not be solved by single entities working alone. Networks will achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural healthcare systems. Due December 6, 2019.
Rural Health Resources
 Interactive Reporting Tool to Assist Appalachian Communities in Exploring Community Data

Are you looking for health statistics for your community, county, or state? Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots is an interactive report that includes county-level data on 41 variables, including several measures relevant to diabetes and its risk factors. Users can easily create reports or maps to examine conditions in any county, or compare multiple counties. Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots is an innovative research initiative sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and administered by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky .
 National Diabetes Prevention Program Customer Service Center
The purpose of the National Diabetes Prevention Program Customer Service Center is to provide organizations easy access to information and resources about prediabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Organizations can access training materials, tool kits, and videos; ask questions; and receive technical assistance related to all aspects of the program.
Your First STOP for  Rural Health  INFORMATION
If you're looking for information, opportunities, and resources on rural health, try the Rural Health Information HUB, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. They are committed to supporting healthcare and population health in rural communities.

Appalachian Diabetes Network
For the past two decades, the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project (ADCTP) has worked with over 92 distressed rural counties throughout the Appalachian region to reduce the diabetes epidemic. This project helps community coalitions organize around the problem of diabetes, including planning, implementing and evaluating their specific projects. Diabetes coalitions receive ongoing training and technical assistance to implement evidenced-based programs that increase physical activity options, improve access to nutrition education programs, reduce food insecurities, and increase access to diabetes self-management education programs and diabetes prevention programs. Coalitions learn how to identify barriers that exist in their communities and develop realistic strategies that will meet the unique needs of their communities.

This project is a federal, state, and community partnership involving the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and a team at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Rural Health at Marshall University that provides direct technical assistance and training for the coalitions.