Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Viridian Health Management Diabetes Prevention Program Master Training: New Dates Announced

Viridian Health Management has added an additional Master Training Event in San Diego, California. This event joins other upcoming events in Phoenix, Arizona and New York City.

Each of these events are limited to 8 participants each to optimize the participant experience. We encourage you to register as soon as possible if you are interested to secure your place in the classes.

Please email Marissa Hudson at mhudson@viridianhealth.com if you are interested in one of the events below.

Registration links:

New York City (April 14 and 15): https://viridianhealthevents.com/class/national-diabetes-prevention-program-master-trainer-training-4142015

Phoenix (April 22 and 23): https://viridianhealthevents.com/class/national-diabetes-prevention-program-master-trainer-training-4222015

San Diego (April 29 and 30): https://viridianhealthevents.com/class/national-diabetes-prevention-program-master-trainer-training-4292015

Additional course information, including an agenda, can be found here.

Omada's "Prevent" is a CDC Recognized VIRTUAL Diabetes Prevention Program

San Francisco, CA – For the first time in its history, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recognized digital programs — including Omada Health’s Prevent — as meeting the evidence-based standards for the agency’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). One of three digital programs to achieve CDC’s pending recognition status, Prevent is the only one to have published year-long data demonstrating weight-loss and blood sugar results that meet or exceed CDC standards. Having pioneered the category of digital therapeutics, Omada Health has now been recognized by the agency that leads federal government efforts on diabetes prevention. Here is a link to Omada's press release on CDC recognition and a link to the Prevent video.  

There are now over 20 organizations in Colorado who are recognized by the CDC to offer the Diabetes Prevention Program. To find a site near you please call 1-800-DIABETES or visit CDC Colorado Recognized DPP.

To find out more about the Diabetes Prevention Program please CDPHE's Diabetes Prevention Program page.

About the DPP:
People who lose just 5 – 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for someone weighing 200 pounds) greatly reduce their risk of developing diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program helps them reach this goal by eating healthier and increasing physical activity to a 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

Taught by trained lifestyle coaches, this 16-week program includes weekly sessions on nutrition and physical activity, such as how to read food labels, how to develop and maintain a healthy diet, and how to deal with stress without overeating.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Vestido Rojo Event on April 18 for Women's Good Heart Health

Heart disease continues to be the #1 cause of death for Latinas.

On Saturday, April 18, from 8am - 1pm, join the American Heart Association at The Vestido Rojo conference, being held in conjunction with Go Red Por Tu Corazon. This FREE event, just for women, will provide heart health information, festive activities and a healthy lunch.

The event is at the Sheraton Denver West, 360 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO 80228.

RSVP by April 4th to Julie Knowles at Julie.Knowles@heart.org or (303) 801-4633.

County health rankings show decline in premature death rates

The 2015 County Health Rankings released today, show that premature deaths are dropping, with 60 percent of the nation’s counties seeing declines. For instance, in the District of Columbia premature death rates have plummeted by nearly one-third based on data from 2004-2006 and 2010-2012. This marks the highest drop in the country for counties with populations of 65,000 or more. But for many counties these rates are not improving—forty percent of counties are not making progress in reducing premature deaths.
A rich resource of local-level data, the Rankings are an easy-to-use snapshot comparing the health of nearly every county in the nation. A collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the Rankings allow each state to see how its counties compare on 30 factors that impact health, including education, transportation, housing, violent crime, jobs, diet and exercise. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Colorado businesses named finalists for worksite wellness award

USAA - Healthy Business Leader
The Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles has selected five employers as finalists for the Governor’s Award for Worksite Wellness. The award will be presented at the Colorado Culture of Health Conference on April 9.

The five nominees were selected based on their score from their Healthy Business Certification application. The application is scored on health leadership, employee needs, wellness activities, safety policies, communication, program reach and incentives.

And the finalists are...
  • Hilltop Community Resources, 647 employees, Grand Junction
  • Sky Ridge Medical, 1,350 employees, Lone Tree
  • CoBiz Financial, 250 employees, Denver
  • East West Resorts, 720 employees, Beaver Creek
  • Pinnacol Assurance, 1,350 employees, Denver
The Colorado Governor’s Council for Active and Healthy Lifestyles promote active and healthy lifestyles statewide. The Council is dedicated to making Colorado the healthiest
state in the nation.

To learn more about the finalists, go to the Governor's Award for Worksite Wellness press release.

To learn more our worksite wellness, go to Health Links Colorado.

School Health Professional Grant application now available

Applications are now available for the 2015-16 School Health Professional Grant. This matching grant program exists to help secondary schools serving grades 7-12:

* Increase the presence of school health professionals to provide substance abuse and behavioral health care to students who have substance abuse or other behavioral health needs;
* Provide training and resources for the newly hired school health professionals, other behavioral health school team members, and school staff on the implementation of evidence-based programming on substance abuse prevention education and behavioral health education for all students; and
* Allow school health professionals to provide care coordination and connect students with services that are provided by community-based organizations for treatment and counseling for students who are at risk for substance abuse.

Approximately $2.2 million is available for the 2015-2016 school year. Applicants must demonstrate a match of 10% of the funds requested. This may include both in-kind and cash matches.

Applications will be due on Thursday, May 7, 2015. For more information and to access the RFP, please visit the School Health Professional Grant website at http://www.cde.state.co.us/healthandwellness/schoolhealthprofessionalgrantprogram

An application training webinar will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Register for this technical assistance via Eventbrite at http://shpgapp2015.eventbrite.com.

Program Contact:
Jessica Bigler

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NASHP hosts health equity webinar

Health disparities persist in the United States with disadvantaged groups disproportionately bearing the burden of poor health outcomes and shortened lifespans. Policymakers at the federal and state levels are working to develop strategies to address these disparities and promote health equity across geographic, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic divisions. This webinar will discuss how state and federal policymakers can strengthen their efforts to achieve health equity by coordinating with one another to align payment models, create new partnerships, and build infrastructure and data systems to reduce health disparities.

Rebekah Gee and Chip Allen will describe several initiatives supporting health equity and the federal programs they are leveraging to support efforts in Louisiana and Ohio. Cara James, from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will then describe federal resources available to help states advance health equity and identify opportunities for better alignment of federal and state activities.

This webinar is supported by The Commonwealth Fund.