Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Federal Transit Administration Competitive Funding Opportunity: Access & Mobility Partnership Grants

The FTA recently announced the availability of $6.3 million in competitive grant funds for transit coordination projects that improve access to healthcare. A Notice of Funding Opportunity is on display at the Federal Register.

FTA’s Access and Mobility Partnership Grants focus on transportation solutions to medical appointments and other non-emergency healthcare services. The grants will help improve options for people with limited transportation choices and bridge the gap between service providers in the transportation and health sectors.

The program supports the work of the inter-agency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM), which works to coordinate federal programs to improve access to jobs, schools, healthcare, and other opportunities.

Press release: U.S. DOT Announces $6.3 Million Funding Opportunity to Improve Access to Healthcare
Access & Mobility Partnership Grants
Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility (CCAM)

Monday, September 17, 2018

National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) released updated Guiding Principles

NDEP releases updated Guiding Principles 

Providing diabetes care can be challenging. While there are strategies that work, there is opportunity to enhance the uptake of proven therapies and prevention of type 2 diabetes. The large health and financial impact of diabetes and the gaps in achievement of treatment and prevention goals prompted the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) to establish Guiding Principles for the Care of People with or at Risk for Diabetes.
These Guiding Principles aim to identify and synthesize areas of general agreement among existing guidelines to help guide primary care providers and health care teams to deliver quality care to adults with or at risk for diabetes.
This recent update reflects new and changing evidence that has evolved over the last several years, including

  • Emphasis on the importance of diabetes self-management education and support and patient-centered care using shared decision-making and individualized care
  • Development of a new Principle 6: Address Overweight and Obesity in the Management of Diabetes

To read the 10 principles, including how to identify people with undiagnosed diabetes and encourage lifestyle modification for people with diabetes, download your free copy of Guiding Principles (PDF) today. 

Updated Sisters Together Program Guide

The NIDDK releases updated guide for Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better Program 

More than 1 in 3 U.S. adults and more than 1 in 2 U.S. black women have obesity. This excess weight increases the risk for diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and other serious health problems.
To help address obesity, the NIDDK has updated its Sisters Together: Move More, Eat Better Program Guide (PDF). Sisters Together is a national health awareness program that encourages black women ages 18 and older to reach and maintain a healthy weight by being more physically active and making healthier food choices.
Do you see a need in your community and want to help? The Sisters Together program guide describes six steps to start, promote, fund, evaluate, and sustain a health awareness effort, and highlights other programs developed by different groups around the country. In the guide, you’ll also find sample forms, letters, emails, and social media posts that you can copy and modify to suit your specific needs.
Learn More about Sisters Together, the program guide, and related health information resources on NIDDK.gov. 

Visit the Sisters Together Page

Join the Sisters Together Webinar to Learn More! 

Join us for a webinar on September 25, 2018 at 1PM (EST) and learn how to bring a Sisters Together program to your community. You’ll also hear from a Sisters Together program participant on her experience starting, maintaining, and growing her community’s Sisters Together program. Sign up today!

Apply for Local Foods, Local Places Technical Assistance to Create Healthy, Economically Vibrant Communities

Federal agency partners invite communities to apply for technical assistance to help revitalize their economy, improve health, and protect the environment. Local Foods, Local Places helps communities revitalize neighborhoods through the development of local food systems. To date, 94 communities have benefited from assistance with support from EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Delta Regional Authority, among others. In 2018, the Northern Border Regional Commission will join as a program sponsor.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include local governments, Indian tribes, and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States. Special consideration will be given to communities in the northern border region of Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, and the Delta region of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 22, 2018.

How to apply: See complete application instructions at https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-places-2018-2019-application.

EPA will host a webinar to explain more about the program and selection process on October 4, 2018, from 3:00-4:00 EDT. To register for the webinar, visit: https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/lflp-5/event/registration.html.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

FDA Targets Vaping, Alarmed by Teenage Use

WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday declared that teenage use of electronic cigarettes has reached “an epidemic proportion,” and it put makers of the most popular devices on notice that they have just 60 days to prove they can keep their devices away from minors.

The order was part of a sweeping government action that targeted both makers and sellers of e-cigarettes. If Juul Labs and four other major manufacturers fail to halt sales to minors, the agency said, it could remove their flavored products from the market. It also raised the possibility of civil or criminal charges if companies are allowing bulk sales through their websites.'

Monday, September 10, 2018

Colorado OutdoorRX Report

We are pleased to announce the release of the Colorado OutdoorRx report. This report examines and provides suggestions for improving health outcomes through outdoor experiences. We hope you'll read it, share it with your networks, and discover ways to implement pilot programs in your communities. After all, it is our belief that every person's health should #startoutside! Discover the full report here.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

How can your organization boost cardiac rehab enrollment?

Patients who have had a cardiac event or procedure can benefit greatly from participation in a cardiac rehabilitation program. It can reduce the risk of death, decrease hospital readmissions, and improve functional status, quality of life, and mood.

Strong evidence shows that cardiac rehab programs can benefit individuals who have had a heart attack, chronic stable angina, received a coronary angioplasty or stent, chronic heart failure, or undergone coronary artery bypass surgery, a heart valve replacement or repair, or a heart or heart-lung transplant.

Million Hearts® 2022 is working to boost participation in cardiac rehab programs to 70% of eligible patients. Check out the Million Hearts® Cardiac Rehabilitation page for tips on how your organization can help meet this goal by boosting cardiac rehab enrollment.