April 2019 Newsletter
Floyd County, KY
Floyd County, Kentucky is located in Eastern Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,451. The county seat is Prestonsburg.

Success Story: One of the participants in the Gentle Yoga program had a stoke before joining the class. She shared that she struggled with depression and often felt helpless. When she started attending the class she not only felt better mentally, she felt better physically and could move better. She rarely misses a class and is excited to begin the next session.  
Winston County , AL
Winston County, Alabama is located in Central Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,484. The county seat is Double Springs, AL.

Success Story : Coalition members have supported the creation of raised bed gardens at 12 locations throughout the county. The newest community garden is wheelchair accessible at Genesis Home in Haleyville. Coalition members are able to provide plants for all the gardens through generous donations from the Scotts Company in addition to donations of many plants and seeds from community members. The frames are constructed by local agriculture departments at the schools.
Grundy, TN is making headlines in the Daily Yonder
Grundy, TN is making headlines in the Daily Yonder as community members mobilize to make health the social norm. Grundy County, Tenn., ranks near the bottom of the state in the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. But that hasn’t stopped the small county from initiating a top-tier response to improving community health. In the new rankings released today, the county improves its position from a last-place 95th to 93rd.
Every person deserves the chance to be healthy, but in the United States, some racial and ethnic groups have worse health than others. These health disparities do not have a single cause, but many complex and connected causes, including the following:

  • Social determinants, such as poverty, lack of education, racism, and discrimination.
  • Environment and community conditions, such as lack of resources that support physical activity or healthy eating options.
  • Behaviors, such as poor diet, tobacco use, and physical inactivity.
  • Health care access, such as less availability and lower quality of medical services.

April 2019 is National Minority Health Month! You can play an important role in helping all community members maintain an active lifestyle. The theme for the 2019 observance is Active & Healthy. Click on the buttons below to access helpful resources. The National Diabetes Education Program has diabetes prevention and management resources designed specifically for minority populations. These resources can be used by community health workers, diabetes educators, and health care providers to meet the needs of this audience.

Diabetes is one of the most serious health problems that the African American community faces today.Compared to the general population, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes: 13.2% of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diagnosed diabetes.

African Americans are 1.7 times more likely to have diabetes as non Hispanic whites. The following resoruces have been specifically designed to help prevent and manage diabetes amoung African American communities.

According to national examination surveys, Hispanics are almost twice as likely as non-Hispanic whites to be diagnosed with diabetes by a physician. 

Hispanic/Latino Americans have higher rates of end-stage renal disease, caused by diabetes, and they are 40% more likely to die from diabetes as non-Hispanic whites. The following resoruces have been specifically designed to help prevent manage daibetes in Hispanic/Latio communities.
Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) have highe rates of diabetes than non-Hispanic white Americans. Diabetes is the 5th leading cause of death for these populations.

Statistics from 2010-2012 show that 16.5 percent of Asian American adults had diabetes, compared to 9.5 percent of non-Hispanic whites. The following resources have been specifically designed to help prevent and manage diabetes amoung AANHPI communities.
American Indians/Alaska Natives are more than twice as likely to be told by a physician that they have diabetes as their non-Hispanic white counterparts. They also are almost twice as likely to die from diabetes as non-Hispanic whites.  At nearly 16 percent, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups (American Diabetes Association, 2019).

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Service American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.2 times more likely to have diabetes compared with non-Hispanic whites . Additionally, it is estimated that 30% of American Indians and Alaska Natives pre-diabetes. The following resoruces have been specifically designed to help prevent and manage diabetes amoung in American Indian/Alaska Native communities.
Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSM) and Diabetes Self-Management (DSM) Training
Floyd County, KY
April 22 - 26, 2019

Dining with Diabetes
Morning and Evening Sessions will be offered
Jackson County, OH
April 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2019

Site Visit
Pocahontas County, WV
May 2, 2019

Pocahontas Memorial Hospital Annual County Health Fair
Pocahontas County, WV
May 3, 2019

Gentle Yoga Leader Training
Athens County, OH
May 14, 2019

Gentle Yoga Leader Training
Randolph County, AL
May 28, 2019
Interested in offering Gentle Yoga Leader Training, Chronic Disease Self-Management (CDSMP) or a similar workshop for your coalition members? Contact Shelia Plogger for additional information at splogger@marshall.edu.
Interested in offering A Community-based Lifestyle Change Program in your County?
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a 12 month community led CDC recognized lifestyle change program that is lead by trained lifestyle coaches. As a lifestyle coach, you will provide classes to individuals who are at risk for
developing Type 2 diabetes. You will learn, laugh, share stories, try new things, and help individuals lower their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and improve their health. Interested in hosting a NDPP lifestyle coach class in your county? Contact Nell Stuart at slover@marshall.edu.

Save-the-Date for the
2019 Appalachian Diabetes Coalitions Celebrating Success Conference
October 1- 4, 2019

National Rural Health Conference
NRHA's Annual Rural Health Conference is the nation's largest rural health conference, created 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. The conference will held at the Atlanta Marriott in Georgia.
May 7 -10, 2019

2019 Regional Health Summit 
Registration is open for the 2019 Regional Health Summit to be held on May 8-9, 2019. The theme and focus this year is on ‘Shaping Stronger Communities’. Highlights of this year’s Summit include a ‘Community Health Needs Assessment Partner Forum’ on Wednesday, May 8th and local, state, and national speakers focused on ‘Shaping Stronger Communities’ on Thursday, May 9th. The Summit will be held at the St. Mary’s Conference Center in Huntington, located at 2849 Fifth Ave. There is no charge to attend the summit.
May 8 -9,2019

American Diabetes Association 79th 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 colleagues from around the world. The conference will be at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California.
June 7 - 11, 2019

SAVE-THE-DATE: Appalachian Strong Summit
Asheville, North Carolina
September 4–6, 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
MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including your stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions you make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health. Download resources and information from the myplate website.
Eat Healthy, Be Active Workshops
The Eat Healthy, Be Active community workshops are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Each of these six 1-hour workshops includes a lesson plan, learning objectives, talking points, hands-on activities, videos, and handouts. The workshops are used by community educators, health promoters, dietitians/nutritionists, cooperative extension agents, and others to teach to adults in a wide variety of community settings.

Funding Opportunity - Marshall University
Marshall University is pleased to announce a funding opportunity! The purpose of the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project (ADCTP) is to prevent and control diabetes through developing community-based health coalitions in distressed counties in Appalachia. Since 2001, the program has supported coalitions in 92 Appalachian counties. Typically, diabetes or health coalitions represent a variety of community organizations agreeing formally to come together to support their local communities.
The ADCTP is seeking new coalitions/community organizations who are interested in joining the network. Coalitions/community organizations must be located in a distressed county in the Appalachian region. Please refer to the list of eligible counties on the last page of this document.
Benefits for joining the ADCTP Network  include:
1.       $10,000 nonrenewable grant award
2.       Opportunities for small strengthening grants as funding becomes available
3.       Participation in a network of like-minded organizations working toward similar goals with opportunities to exchange and share experiences
4.       Access to evidence-based and best-practice trainings and programs to support community leaders
5.       Access to national and regional resources
6.       Participation in an annual conference that will provide the opportunities to share successes, learn from others, strengthen leadership skills through a variety of workshops
Funding is available for distressed counties in Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Please refer to the list of eligible counties on the last page of the grant application (see attached application).
Competitive grants of $10,000 will be awarded to 8 counties in the Appalachian region. Send the application, including letters of support, as one PDF attachment to Shelia Plogger at  splogger@marshall.edu  by  May 10, 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.