September 2019 Newsletter
2019 Appalachian Diabetes Network
Celebrating Success Conference
October 1- 4, 2019

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The Appalachian Diabetes Network Welcomes New Members!
Coalition Spotlight
Russ ell County VA is located in the western part of Virginia. As of the  2010 census , the population was 28,897. The county seat  is  Lebanon . Russell County has been a member of the Appalachian Diabetes Network since 2016.

Healthy Bucks Program at Farmers Market – The coalition supports the Healthy Bucks program. The program provides vouchers to youth for fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers markets. Youth receive $5 vouchers. Youth enjoy tomatoes, learning to string beans, and have an opportunity to buy some fruits and veggies. As of Sept 6, 2019, 552 kids have received $1,133 by participating in the Healthy Bucks programs. Quote from a child at market after purchasing fresh blackberries with his Healthy Bucks, "I'm never eating candy again.“
Breathitt County, Kentucky is located in the eastern part of Kentucky . As of the  2010 census , the population was 13,878. The county seat  is  Jackson . Breathitt County has been a member of the Appalachian Diabetes Network since 2003.

Team Based Walking Programs - Coalition members implement a county-wide team based walking competition called “Road Trippin” USA. During it’s first year, over 220 participants (adults and youth) walked a total of 121,759,331 steps and 57,564 miles. Since then, coalition members have implemented Walking Across the USA (2017) where they had 183 participants (adult and youth) that walked a total of 121,759,331 steps and 57,564 miles!!!
September is Child Obesity Awareness Month
About 1 in 5 (19%) children in the United States has obesity. Certain groups of children are more affected than others. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support children with their journey to good health.
Coalition Site Visits and Leader Training
Free Webinar Series with the National Diabetes Prevention Program at American Diabetes Association
Learn more about prediabetes and the National Diabetes Prevention Program with the American Diabetes Association’s new webinar series! Register for 1, 2 or all 3 for free education and CME/CE!
Thursday, September 12—1:00 p.m. ET
What Health Care Providers ( HCPs) Need to Know about Identifying and Treating People with Prediabetes

Thursday, September 19—5:00 p.m. ET
What HCPs Need to Know about the National Diabetes Prevention Program and the Benefits of a Structured Lifestyle Change Program for Patients

Thursday, September 26—8:00 p.m. ET
What Health Care Providers (HCPS) Need to Know about Referring Patients to a National Diabetes Prevention Program
My Community Cares Summit
The goal of the program is to increase awareness, bridging substance use prevention and recovery education, supporting people in recovery and people seeking recovery, addressing family cycles of addiction, increasing community resilience and education, and affecting system changes within agencies interacting with people in recovery and inactive substance use. This program is hosted by a collaborative of partnership including PATH who is a member of the Appalachia Diabetes Network.
Burnsville, NC
September 12-14, 2019

2019 West Virginia Rural Health Conferenc e
This is the 27th year of the West Virginia Rural Health Conference, the only rural health conference in the state. The conference features national and state best practices, speakers, provides continuing education to physicians, attorneys, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, community health educators and others, and is an unparalleled opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia.
Huntington, WV
October 9 - 11, 2019

13th Annual Southern Obesity Summit
The Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) is the largest regional obesity prevention event in the United States, drawing hundreds of participants from 16 Southern States consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Together, these states join forces to fight obesity. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Convention Center and Spa in Oklahoma City, OK.
October 28 - 30, 2019

American Public Health Association
APHA identifies and shares innovative strategies to demonstrate how cooperation between organizations, governments, communities, public health disciplines and the public can improve health outcomes. And we will continue to use evidence-based research to transform a sick care system to one of prevention and wellness. The Annual Meeting gives more than 12,000 public health professionals an opportunity to put science and action to work to achieve a healthier nation.
November 2 - 6, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

Kentucky Rural Health Association Conference
November 14 - 15, 2019

Healthy Churches 2020 Conference
Healthy Churches 2020 Conference provides pastors, ministers, congregational health directors, coordinators, nurses, and members with tools and resources in areas of disease state awareness, management and prevention needed to establish and strengthen the capacity of Health Ministries. Conference topics include, but are not limited to: diabetes, obesity, heart disease, arthritis, hepatitis, Alzheimer’s, cancer, HIV, precision medicine, and clinical studies. Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference is committed to helping congregational-based health ministries to improve the health and healthcare outcomes of individuals and surrounding communities they serve.
Charlotte, NC
November 19 - 22, 2019

Rural Health Association of Tennessee
Music Road Resort Hotel & Inn, Pigeon Forge, TN
November 20 - 22, 2019
 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 DPP Customer Service Center is to provide organizations easy access to information and resources about prediabetes and the National DPP. Organizations can access training materials, toolkits, and videos; ask questions; and receive technical assistance related to all aspects of the program.
Appalachian Diabetes Network
Since 2001, 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. The 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.