October 2019 Newsletter
Coalition Spotlight
Revision to the previously published October e-newsletter. The Lawrence County, KY success story has been updated and their coalition profile is now available for download.
Coosa County, Alabama is located in the Central Eastern part of Alabama. As of the 2010 census the population was 11,539. Its county seat is Rockford, AL. Coosa County, Alabama has been a member of the Appalachian Diabetes Network since 2015.
Market Day
Coosa County coalition members were instrumental in the creation of the county's only farmer’s market. On the 1st Friday of each month, residents have an opportunity to shop local for fresh fruits, vegetables and other products. Market Day helps increase access to healthy foods and promote local producers and citizens to grow and buy locally.
Lawrence County Kentucky is located in Northeastern Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,860. Its county seat is Louisa, KY. Lawrence County, Kentucky has been a member of the Appalachian Diabetes Network since 2005.
Veggie Bucks at the Lawrence County Farmer's Market
Coalition members have increased access to healthy foods by supporting local food pantries, community gardens, summer feeding programs, cooking classes, and promoting the local Farmer's Market. For many years, the Veggies Bucks program in Lawrence County offered youth a $5.00 voucher to purchase fresh produce at the local Farmer's Market. The program recently added Veggies Bucks for adults to increase access to locally grown fruits and veggies.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of finding breast cancer early. Studies show having diabetes is associated with an increased risk of developing cancer, including breast cancer. This is why maintaining the right amount of glucose in our bodies is so important.  

You can make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.
Coalition Site Visits and Leader Training
Free Webinar Series with the National Diabetes Prevention Program at American Diabetes Association
We're Taking This Show on the Road!
If you plan on attending the American Public Health Conference this year in Philadelphia, PA don't miss our presentation!

Regina Knox, MPH, MCHES 1 , Richard Crespo, PhD 2 , Shelia Plogger 3  and Nell Stuart, MS, RD, LD, CDE 3 , (1)Marshall University, West Virginia, WV, (2)Marshall University, Huntington, WV, (3)Marshall University, West Virginia, WV

Tuesday, November 5, 2019: 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Regional and National Conferences
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 including 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. 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.