Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Tobacco and Well Body resources for Health Care Professionals

The Behavioral Health and Wellness Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has released new priority population supplements for the DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free and Well Body Toolkits for Healthcare Providers. Supplements for Young Adult and Low-Income priority populations have been published in addition to the previously published full toolkits and Behavioral Health supplements. The supplements provide a deeper look at the specific needs and wellness barriers faced by priority populations, and are designed to be used in concert with the full toolkits, which contain education and evidence-based strategies for counseling patients on tobacco cessation and weight management. These materials are available in both English and Spanish and are designed to be used by direct providers as well as healthcare administrators, public health professionals, and healthcare organizations.

Community Dental Health Program Grants Available

The Colorado Dental Association’s Community Dental Health Program is being established to help find and implement collaborative solutions to improve the dental health of urban and rural Colorado communities and build partnerships between communities and their dentists to improve oral health and access to care. The Community Dental Health Program has two primary goals:
  • Build pilot programs that will seek to establish sustainable dental practices in underserved urban and rural communities that are willing to partner to find solutions for increased access to dental care.
  • Research and develop a hub-and-spoke model for dentistry in underserved Colorado communities that utilizes remote and tele-technologies; partners with other health, dental and hygiene practitioners; and integrates into community anchor institutions to improve the long-term dental health of Colorado communities. 

Million Hearts Colorado: Stroke Rates Declining For Seniors, Not For Young

HealthDay news imageSeniors in America are suffering fewer strokes, regardless of their race or sex, a new long-term study reveals. Stroke rates likely are declining in older people due to improved treatment of risk factors for stroke.

For example, use of cholesterol-lowering medications increased from just under 4 percent to nearly 13 percent over time in these patients, with an accompanying decline in "bad" LDL cholesterol levels. At the same time, use of blood pressure medications increased from about 29 percent to 43 percent in that same period, an increase seen predominantly among people older than 65.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Despierta Colorado Highlights the Diabetes Prevention Program


The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) was featured this morning on Despierta Colorado, the popular morning broadcast produced by Univision Spanish language network. In the spot, Despierta host Jessica Alvarado spoke with CREA Results director, Fernando Pineda, about the growing problem of prediabetes in Colorado and the Diabetes Prevention Program as a potent, evidence-based solution. The segment was part of a multi-pronged, bilingual media campaign partnership with CBS Television aimed at raising awareness of prediabetes and the DPP Lifestyle Program. 

     New estimates show that 86 million US adults- more than 1 in 3- have prediabetes*. The Diabetes Prevention Program is proven to help people with prediabetes and those at risk for type 2 diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes and cut their risk of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. Recommending patients to this effective program can provide the motivation many need to take action. CREA Results is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Colorado now boasts over 20 organizations who are recognized by the CDC to offer this intervention. Click here view the registry.

*Source: CDC National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014

State health department issues Health IT Summit report

In May 2014, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment hosted a Health Information Technology Summit on clinical quality measurement and population health. The public health department strongly believes that health information technology (health IT) has the potential to improve clinical performance and health outcomes through data-informed quality improvement processes.

This Summit was convened to bring public health partners and health systems from across the state together to help develop effective strategies to make health IT more effective statewide, improve clinical quality, and reduce the provider, practice and system level burdens from measurement and reporting complexity. In the following report and executive summary, CDPHE staff synthesized the themes, discussions, and recommendations made by presenters and attendees at the Summit. This report will help direct partnerships and strategies that can lead to the effective use of health IT.

The Summit took place as part of a new integrated funding strategy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent and control diabetes, heart disease, obesity and associated risk factors, and to promote school health with targeted interventions across the lifespan. In addition to a strong focus on promoting the use of electronic health records and the collection, use, and reporting of quality measures for improved blood pressure and A1c control, this grant funds activities linked to the Diabetes Prevention Program, Diabetes Self-Management Education, the Million Hearts campaign and the expansion of patient navigation.

Health IT Summit Report

Health IT Summit Executive Summary

For further information, please contact Ellen Steiner..

CPHA accepting 2014-2015 Board Nominations

Looking for a fantastic professional development opportunity? Want to contribute to public health in Colorado? Consider joining the Colorado Public Health Association (CPHA) Board! A number of positions are open starting September 2014.  

Board of Director Positions 
  • Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC) to APHA
  • Student Co-Director (Junior)
  • Member-at-Large