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The DAA and its members plan and conduct a variety of activities that are designed to raise awareness among policymakers and legislators to advance the DAA's policy priorities. What follows are examples of activities since inception of the DAA in 2010.

DAA and Healthy People 2020 Continue Successful Joint Activities in 2014

The Diabetes Advocacy Alliance (DAA) and Healthy People 2020 conducted two activities in 2014 as part of their ongoing collaboration in support of advancement of specific Healthy People 2020 objectives for diabetes.

DAA Member and Interagency Meeting

In May 2014, the organizations convened a meeting of DAA members and representatives of several federal government agencies, to share and discuss new diabetes-related research. Topics included:

Agencies and organizations represented at this meeting included:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • American Association of Diabetes Educators
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Medical Association
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Diabetes Institute at Walter Reed Health Care System
  • Endocrine Society
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • National Diabetes Education Program (NIDDK/NIH and CDC)
  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health
  • Novo Nordisk Inc.
  • Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • YMCA of the USA

Joint Webinar on Emerging Technologies

To help them self-manage their disease and increase interaction with health care providers, people with diabetes are using interactive and mobile technologies. The Diabetes Advocacy Alliance and Healthy People 2020 co-sponsored a webinar on November 13, 2014, to help increase awareness of what’s working and what’s available for patients and health care providers. More than 1,100 clinicians and public health professionals, among others, took part in the 90-minute session.

The webinar was entitled "Emerging Mobile Technologies to Improve Glycemic Control among Persons with Diabetes: A Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health Webinar." Speakers included federal health officials, academicians, and practitioners, who described new research and evaluation data. The agenda included:

Overview of Healthy People 2020 Diabetes Objectives and Introduction of Topic

Don Wright, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Perspective on mHealth and How it Fits into Larger Health Information Technology Initiatives

David Hunt, MD, Chief Medical Officer, the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Evidence-Based Mobile Technology for Patients with Diabetes

Charlene Quinn, RN, PHD, Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Emerging Tools for Managing Glycemic Control among Patients with Diabetes

A. Living with Diabetes: Diabetes Help Right on Your Cell Phone

Robin Nwanko, MPH, RD, CDE, Associate Research Scientist, University of Michigan Medical School, Volunteer Leader, American Diabetes Association

B. Accurate Insulin Decisions

Neil Skolnik, M.D., Professor of Family and Community Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, Abington Memorial Hospital

C. Diabetes Goal Tracker

Dawn Sherr, Associate Director of Practice Management, American Association of Diabetes Educators

Questions and Answers with All Participants

Carter Blakey, Deputy Director and Community Strategies Division Director, ODPHP, HHS

You can review the slides from this webinar on the Healthy People 2020 Web site in the webinar archives section. Click on “November 2014” to find this webinar.

Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health Webinar: National Diabetes Prevention Program Q&A

On November 13, 2013, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) held a Healthy People 2020 Spotlight on Health Webinar focused on type 2 diabetes prevention. More than 1,100 individuals from the public health and clinical care communities participated in this Webinar.

Many questions were submitted during the webinar about the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP). The Diabetes Advocacy Alliance has a strategic partnership with ODPHP in support of the HP2020 diabetes objectives, and as part of that, undertook an effort to answer many of the questions submitted during the webinar in this Q&A document. The DAA also prepared a list of General Diabetes Resources.

Webinar Details

Healthy People 2020 and the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance held a webinar on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, as part of Healthy People 2020’s "Spotlight on Health" series. This Webinar explored what is being done to prevent type 2 diabetes, including how clinical care and public health communities can work together and how communities are implementing evidence-based interventions to address diabetes prevention.

This Webinar featured:

  • Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Don Wright, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Carter Blakey, Deputy Director, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Judith Fradkin, M.D., Director of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Disease at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health
  • John Anderson, M.D., President, Medicine and Science, American Diabetes Association
  • Heather Hodge, M.Ed., Director, Chronic Disease Prevention Program, YMCA of the USA

Support for Healthy People 2020

I Believe in a Healthier Nation for All Americans - Healthy People 2020On December 2, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled Healthy People 2020, the nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention. For the past 30 years, Healthy People has been committed to improving the quality of our nation’s health by producing a framework for public health prevention priorities and actions.

The Diabetes Advocacy Alliance (DAA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), have entered into a strategic partnership to promote diabetes prevention and treatment goals that are part of Healthy People 2020 (HP 2020).

History of DAA Involvement with Healthy People

The members of the DAA have long supported the Healthy People initiative. When the HP 2020 diabetes objectives were under development, the DAA submitted comments highlighting the importance of screening for diabetes in individuals who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

After the announcement of the final set of objectives for Healthy People 2020, the DAA joined the Healthy People Consortium. The Consortium is a diverse, motivated group of agencies and organizations nationwide that are committed to achieving Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives. Consortium members range from colleges and universities to private businesses and religious organizations. Any agency or organization that supports Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives is welcome to join. For more information and to find out how you can join, please visit www.healthypeople/2020/consortium.

In April 2012, the DAA participated in Healthy People’s 2012 National Health Promotion Summit in Washington, DC. The DAA presented information about diabetes and the work of the DAA that supports the achievement of Healthy People 2020 objectives for diabetes.

On November 19, 2012, the DAA announced a new partnership with Healthy People 2020, to help advance diabetes objectives related to prevention and treatment. DAA members will work together and with ODPHP to:

  • Coordinate public awareness campaigns and activities that promote diabetes prevention or prevention of complications from diabetes;
  • Facilitate data collection to monitor progress toward achievement of Healthy People 2020 diabetes objectives; and
  • Support cross-sector collaboration to affect policy and system changes.

For those interested in more information, Healthy People 2020 webinars are archived on the Healthy People Web site.

More about Healthy People

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For three decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to:

  • Encourage collaborations across communities and sectors;

  • Empower individuals toward making informed health decisions; and

  • Measure the impact of prevention activities.

The Healthy People initiative is grounded in the principle that setting national objectives and monitoring progress can motivate action, and indeed, in just the last decade, preliminary analyses indicate that the country has either progressed toward or met 71 percent of its Healthy People targets.

Healthy People 2020 is the product of an extensive stakeholder feedback process. It integrates input from public health and prevention experts, a wide range of federal, state and local government officials, a consortium of more than 2,000 organizations, and perhaps most important, the public. More than 8,000 comments were considered in drafting a comprehensive set of Healthy People 2020 objectives, including comments from the DAA regarding the importance of screening for diabetes in individuals who are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

To learn more about Healthy People, visit www.healthypeople.gov.

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