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Initiative on Diabetes and Women's Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) cosponsor the National Public Health Initiative on Diabetes and Women's Health. The initiative has three phases: assessment, proposed recommendations for action, and implementation of an action plan.
For more information, call 1-800-CDC-INFO
The National Public Health Initiative on Diabetes and Women’s Health has developed a television video on diabetes and women's health issues. The video aired on local broadcast channels throughout the country in March 2005. This video, Diabetes & Women's Health Across the Life Stages, highlights the stories of women from adolescence through the older years. It is a story that gives hope and encouragement to women and their families as they cope with diabetes.
Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day is a campaign that is held the third Tuesday of September. This campaign, which was developed by the Department of Health and Human Services and many partnering organizations, was created to inform and educate communities of color about the health gap, empower individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles, and obtain access to health care.
Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day is a reminder for you, a family member, or a friend to take charge of your health. Regular health care, including preventive care, can enhance and extend the lives of those you love. Certain health problems can be prevented and others can be treated. Please help those you love do something good for their health on the third Tuesday of September. Go with them to visit a health professional or make an appointment to see how they can take care of their health. To learn more about Take a Loved One for a Checkup Day visit the Web site of the Office of Minority Health/Department of Health and Human Services at http://www.omhrc.gov/healthgap.
The WOMENDIABETES-LIST listserv is open to professionals with an interest in diabetes and women's health. Subscribers will have a mechanism for sharing ideas among colleagues, improving communication on this topic, increasing collaboration and partnerships, and disseminating information. We are particularly interested in maintaining this listserv to advance the efforts of the National Public Health Initiative on Diabetes and Women's Health.
September, 2006: Partners of the National Public Health Initiative on Diabetes and Women’s Health published an article on preconception care and diabetes in a special supplement. The full reference for this article is: Owens MD, Kieffer EC, Chowdhury FM. Preconception care and women with or at risk for diabetes. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2006; 10: 137-141.
October 18–19, 2004: The National Public Health Initiative on Diabetes and Women's Health sponsored a Partners’ Update Conference. Initiative partners will present programs, activities, and research that they have conducted on diabetes and women’s health issues. They emphasized how these projects are aligned with the implementation of strategies within the National Agenda for Public Health Action, an action plan designed to guide the nation with addressing diabetes and women’s health issues.
October 21, 2003: A Call-to-Action Conference was held in Washington, DC, for A National Agenda for Action: The National Public Health Initiative on Diabetes and Women's Health. Representatives of public, private, and volunteer organizations may E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Summer, 2003: Diabetes Spectrum—From Research to Practice: Partners of the National Public Health Initiative on Diabetes and Women’s health contributed articles to a special supplement on diabetes and women’s health. This special supplement shows the complexity of diabetes and the widespread effect that it can have on women’s health. The articles in this supplement are available in volume 15 of Diabetes Spectrum (Summer, 2003).
March 25, 2003: CDC and its partners hosted a press conference in Washington, DC, in conjunction with ADA's American Diabetes Alert Day. The purpose of the press conference was to raise awareness about diabetes and to launch A National Agenda for Action: The National Public Health Initiative on Diabetes and Women's Health, which is an action plan on diabetes and women's health. The event was held at the Humphrey Building.
March 25, 2003, HHS News Release: HHS Issues National Plan to Reduce Impact of Diabetes on Women: Effort Launched On Annual American Diabetes Alert Day
July 2002: CDC and cosponsors held a working summit with representatives from national organizations from the public, private, and voluntary sectors. Working summit participants identified recommendations of highest priority and strategies for action, which was used to develop A National Agenda for Action: The National Public Health Initiative on Diabetes and Women's Health.
June 2002: The group published the Interim Report: Proposed Recommendations for Action in preparation for A National Agenda for Action: The National Public Health Initiative on Diabetes and Women's Health.
February 22, 2002: MMWR article published: Beckles GLA, Thompson-Reid PE. Socioeconomic status of women with diabetesUnited States, 2000. CDC Morbidity and Mortality Report 2002:51(07):147–8.
February 21, 2002: CDC sponsored a telebriefing on women and diabetes.
November 2001: Radio broadcast on women and diabetes aired on National Public Radio.
November 1-2, 2001: Cosponsors convened a meeting in Washington, DC, with representatives from almost 50 governmental and private organizations. This group identified needed strategies, policies, surveillance, and research to improve the lives of women diagnosed with or at risk for diabetes.
October 22, 2001: Press Release—CDC to Convene Task Force on Diabetes and Women: New Report Defines Diabetes as a Women's Health Issue.
March 2001: CDC published the report Diabetes & Women's Health Across the Life Stages: A Public Health Perspective ( PDF—1.59 MB - Learn more about PDFs).** This is the first major public health publication to address the unique and serious impact diabetes has on women throughout their lives and to address the public health implications of these issues.
CDC Fact Sheet: Diabetes and Women ReportTake Time to Care About Diabetes Campaign, Food and Drug Administration
Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation
A Web-based toolkit* on women, diabetes, and physical activity developed
by The Women's Health Council of the National Association of Chronic Disease
Radio broadcast (RealPlayer file - 1 KB) aired November 2001
A text translation is available.
Ted Vigodsky, health reporter, WABE-FM* (National Public Radio news), and producer and host of Science in Your Life programs, interviews CDC diabetes officials and a highly successful athlete with diabetes.
Further information on this radio broadcast is available on the Emory University Science in Your Life Web site.*
Bookmarks and thumbnails are available within the PDF file.
For more information, call toll-free 1-800-CDC-INFO
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Page last modified: June 30, 2008
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