This Valentine’s Day, many will say “I love you” with flowers, candy, or a fancy evening out. But there’s another way you can say I love you – by making your health and your heart a priority. Show your family how much you love them by protecting your health and your heart now so you can spend quality time with them for years to come.
Take time this Valentine’s Day to ask your doctor if you have prediabetes, which puts you at risk for type 2 diabetes. One in three Americans has prediabetes, a condition where a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. People with prediabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
People with prediabetes are also more likely to have problems with their heart. Your heart is pretty amazing – with each beat, it pumps oxygen-rich blood to every cell in your body. When something goes wrong with your heart, it’s a big deal for your health.
If you find out that you have prediabetes or have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes, there is something you can do to take care of your health. A CDC-recognized lifestyle change program is a proven lifestyle change program that can help you learn the skills you need to lose weight, eat better, become more physically active, and manage stress. In the program, you will work in a group with a trained lifestyle coach to learn the skills you need to make lasting changes.
“So many people in our community have prediabetes. The CDC-recognized lifestyle change program offers a real chance to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. The healthy habits that participants learn in the program have also been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease and stroke.”
To learn more, visit cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention.
Traditions are a part of family life passed from generation to generation, and many families are making improving their health a new tradition. While type 2 diabetes runs in many Hispanic/Latino families, people are learning that there are steps they can take as a family to prevent or delay it. Making healthy food choices, being more active, and supporting family members with prediabetes to lose a few pounds are ways to show the next generation that type 2 diabetes does not have to be their destiny. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15, NCFH is encouraging families to lower their risk for type 2 diabetes with new healthy habits.
Currently, more than 84 million Americans have prediabetes, and Hispanic people are more likely to develop prediabetes and type 2 diabetes than non-Hispanics. Prediabetes means a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can be accompanied by other health conditions such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease. Hispanic/Latino people are more likely to develop prediabetes and type 2 diabetes than non-Hispanics.
What else should you watch for? You and your family members could have prediabetes and be at risk for type 2 diabetes if you have any of the following risk factors:
Type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to happen to you. You can prevent type 2 diabetes if you act early.
Any CDC recognized lifestyle change program, also part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), can help people with prediabetes change their lifestyle to improve their health. Participants work with one of our trained lifestyle coaches and share experiences with others who have the same goals and challenges. Many who have participated in the program say they have more energy, less stress, and better checkups.
If you think you may have prediabetes or be at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can learn more about lifestyle change programs in your area from the National DPP website. Signing up with your family can help you create a new, healthier family tradition!
The Ag Worker Access Campaign strives to increase access to primary health care services to agricultural workers and their family members across the country. As health centers partner in this effort, a primary and critical step to success is to accurately identify patients as agricultural workers. NCFH offers a wealth of resources to assist health center staff in accurately identifying, classifying and registering agricultural workers and their families in the UDS.
Downloadable Tools & Resources
New! Ag Worker Identification Digital Training Tool
Duration: 10 min
Duration: 10 min
Language: Spanish, with English subtitles
Duration: 1 hr
Language: English and Spanish
Upcoming Regional Conference Training Opportunities
“Understanding the Nuts & Bolts of AG Worker Identification to Drive Access to Care for Ag Workers”
09/25/19: Midwest Stream Forum for Ag Worker Health – Conference Intensive Session
10/10/19: East Coast Migrant Stream Forum – Conference Educational Session
Customized Training Opportunities
Contact Lisa Miller for information regarding customized Ag Worker Identification virtual and in-person training options for your health center or network.
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Promotores(as) de saludare frontline community health workers who have a deep understanding of the communities they serve. They often live in the community themselves and are trusted liaisons in healthcare settings.
Promotores are experts on outreach and can provide crucial information to hard-to-reach communities, especially amongst the Latino population. They bridge the cultural gap with patients by providing services that are linguistically appropriate. Promotores address other social determinants of health aside from communication and language barriers such as improving health literacy, decreasing transportation challenges, referring patients to community resources, and advocating for policy change. They are key to breaking down barriers that keep many Latinos and other underserved populations from obtaining quality, accessible healthcare.
Research shows that promotores de salud are particularly effective in addressing chronic illnesses like hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The Latino population is at greater at risk of prediabetes and often develop more serious conditionsincluding type 2 diabetes, kidney failure, diabetic eye disease, and stroke.Prediabetes is a blood glucose (sugar) level that is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Statistics show that about 32% of Latinos have prediabetes and 50% of Latinos eventually develop type 2 diabetes, a 10% higher rate for diabetes than the national average in the United States.
Promotores de salud help prevent or delay diabetes by working with patients and their families. They use educational tools, like “Shopping at La Tiendita,” to inform patients about how to access and prepare healthy foods, change their eating habits, and increase their physical activity to lead a healthier lifestyle. Promotores also promote screenings for prediabetes and diabetes, connect and enroll patients in CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs, and educate health providers on factors that impact a patient’s continuity of care. Promotores de saludare in the best position to provide health education and support to patients in their own communities.
For additional information and resources available to healthcare workers and patients on diabetes prevention and self-management, check out our Diabetes Resource Hub. You can also find more information about training programs for Promotores de saludwith one of our FHN partners, MHP Salud.
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Show Your Support for the Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign on Agricultural Worker Health Center Day (08/06/19)
Join us in commemorating Agricultural Worker Health Center Day on Tuesday, August 6th!
A few suggestions for including the Campaign in your Ag Worker Health Center Day celebrations:
How are you planning to include the Ag Worker Access Campaign
in your Ag Worker Health Center Day activities?
Let us know!
Be sure to use #AgWorkerAccess & tag us in your social media posts!!
If you have any questions or need any additional Campaign information or resources,
please contact us.
*Did you know?
Campaign members receive quarterly email updates, member discounts on NCFH Commemorative artwork purchases, and are eligible to apply for NCFH scholarships!
For many families across the country, warm weather means time spent with family – whether it’s backyard cookouts, picnics at the park, family reunions, or family vacations. These events are a time for families to reconnect and reflect on traditions. Family functions are also a time to talk about family health.
In the United States, all too often a family’s health history includes prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is a condition that affects 84 million American adults – or 1 in 3 – and means that a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.
Prediabetes affects some communities more than others. For example, 32% of Hispanics and Latinos have prediabetes, and only 1 in 14 are aware that they do. The good news is prediabetes can often be reversed with a healthy diet and more physical activity.
When spending time with family this summer, think about ways you can get healthier together. Here are some ideas to help you get started:
Summer is a time to have fun with family, but it’s also a time to help take care of them. Encourage family members at risk for type 2 diabetes to understand their risk and learn that they can prevent or delay it if they take steps to change their lifestyle. Help them get started today!
The Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign Goal & Status Tracking Tool is a template poster for individual health center tracking of Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign goals & status. It is a visual template for health centers to use to keep staff and board engaged in increasing access to care for Ag workers and their families.
Suggested Uses: Post in staff common areas, share in Board and staff meeting packets and presentations
ProTip: Purchase self-adhesive lamination sheets to place over the table in the Progress section or Purchase an inexpensive poster frame …then use a dry erase marker to update progress without having to print the poster each time!
NCFH is pleased to announce that Family HealthCare Network (FHCN) is this year’s Increase Access to Care for Ag Workers (IAC) Program Promising Practices Award recipient, for their promising practice highlighting partnership development and innovative outreach. FHCN’s partnerships with the Ventanillas de Salud Resource Center, and a Cuadrillas program with Radio Campesino, resulted in outstanding community outreach!
About the IAC Program:
The Increase Access to Care for Ag Workers (IAC) Program is a learning collaborative that goes hand in hand with the Ag Worker Access 2020 Campaign, a national initiative launched in 2015 to increase access to quality healthcare for America’s Agricultural workers and their families. The IAC Program was designed to assist health centers in accurately identifying, registering and reporting their patients.
Our Program members include Primary Care Associations (PCAs), Health Care Controlled Networks (HCCNs), and Health Centers (HCs). Our common goal for the Increase Access to Care Program is to continue to increase access to care for Agriculture workers in their service areas through sharing of knowledge, tools, and resources. For more inforamation about the IAC Program, contact us.
June is Men’s Health Month, a time when men are frequently reminded to make an appointment with their doctor for a yearly checkup. And while you’ve probably added it to your to-do list – you did, didn’t you? – there is something you can do now, today, to get a sense of how healthy you are. The best part is you don’t even need to leave your house to do it. All you have to do is take a 1-minute online test to learn if you might have prediabetes.
Prediabetes is a condition that affects 84 million Americans – or 1 in 3 people – and it means that a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough yet for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Think of when you play ball with two buddies – chances are one of you has the condition. Men are more likely to have prediabetes than women. The good news is it can often be reversed with a healthier diet and more physical activity.
To take the 1-minute test, visit doihaveprediabetes.org. You’ll be asked a few simple questions about your health, such as how active you are, whether you have a family history of diabetes, and how much you weigh. Then the website will tally your points and tell you whether you’re likely to have prediabetes and be at high risk for type 2 diabetes.
Of course, if you find out you have a high-risk score, you’ll want to make that appointment with your doctor. But for now, just taking the test can let you know where you stand.
If you do have prediabetes, your doctor can recommend resources and programs to help you reduce your type 2 diabetes risk, including the National Diabetes Prevention Program. At CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs, participants work with a trained lifestyle coach to learn how to make healthier choices when it comes to physical activity, healthy eating, and managing stress.
Bruce Wheeler, 52, Program Participant
When my glucose levels and blood pressure started to increase, I knew I had to do something to reduce my risk of developing type 2 diabetes. When I mentioned my concerns to a friend, she told me about CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs. I love the support and encouragement I get from the other program participants and the lifestyle coach. I enjoy making lifestyle changes such as cutting back on red meat and sugary drinks. I now keep my bike at work and take lunch-break rides around town to stay active!
If you do one thing this June for Men’s Health Month, take the one-minute prediabetes risk test at doihaveprediabetes.org. And tell a buddy or two to do the same.
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Improving health care access for one of America's most vulnerable populations