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April News

We are finally thawing out after a long winter! I hope each of you have enjoyed the marvel of Spring. Here are some things that may be of interest:

DPAC Spring Meeting

Have you registered yet for our Spring 2014 meeting? If not, register now! The meeting is Thursday, May 1st at the MSU Kellogg Center from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Presentations Include:
  • The DLI in Michigan: Systems Changes, Sustainable Outcomes
      Pamela Milan, Henry Ford Diabetes Self Education Program
      Dawn Crane and Anne Esdale, MDCH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program
  • Podiatry's Role in Diabetes Care
    Dr. Jodie Sengstock, Michigan Podiatric Medical Association
  • Diabetes and Social Media
    Alison Sheets and the DPAC Training and Education Workgroup

Diabetes and Kidney Advocacy Day

Join NKFM at their annual Diabetes and Kidney Advocacy Day event on May 20th in the Mackinac Room in the House Building. This event includes learning and providing information on diabetes and kidney disease prevention and management. View flyer for registration and contact information.

Decline in Diabetes-Related Complications

A recent CDC study published in the New England Journal of Medicine demonstrated that five diabetes related conditions have declined in the last 20 years. These include: lower-limb amputation, end-stage kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, and deaths due to high blood sugar (hyperglycemia).

The greatest declines in diabetes-related complications occurred for heart attack and stroke, particularly among people aged 75 years and older.

View the CDC Press Release.

Surgeon General Report: Smoking Can Cause Diabetes

Recently the HHS "A Report of the Surgeon General released: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014". Key findings related to diabetes and smoking: Smoking can cause diabetes and the risk of developing diabetes is 30%-450% higher for active smokers than nonsmokers.

View the Executive Summary, Page 10 (or 22 out of 36).

View the Fact Sheet.

JDRF Conference

The 7th annual JDRF Today and Tomorrow Conference will be held on Saturday, May 10th at Wayne County Community College District, Belleville from 8:30am-2:00pm. The conference is free of charge. Some of the key note speakers include:
  • Mark D. DeBoer, MD, M.Sc., MCR, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Virginia Health System
  • Lori M. Laffel, MD, MPH, Chief, Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Section, Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • Nicole Johnson, DrPH, MA, Director of Bringing Science Home, University of South Florida, International Board of Directors JDRF, Miss America 1999 and PWD.
Click here for registration and program information

Healthy Places for Healthy People Conference

This conference, presented by the MDCH,is designed to develop and enhance the critical skills necessary for you and your community-based team to create the places and social support systems that encourage healthy eating and active living where people live, learn, work and play.

The keynote speaker is Larry Cohen from the Prevention Institute. It will be held on June 05, 2014 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM at the MSU Kellogg Center.

For more information please click here.

2014 County Health Rankings

Have you checked out this year's County Health Rankings? How did your county or Michigan do as a whole? Click here to find out!!

The County Health Rankings are from the University of Wisconsin with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Impact of Social Context on the Michigan Adult Population

The MDCH Chronic Disease Epidemiology Unit would like to announce the release of the April 2014 issue of the Michigan Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Surveillance Briefs entitled "The Impact of Social Context on the Michigan Adult Population."

Social context indicators, worried about paying rent/mortgage and buying nutritious meals, were done by demographics as well as select health conditions. All questions related to the content of this issue can be sent to

MDCH Staff Change

Kristi Pier is no longer with the Diabetes Prevention Program. If you have any questions about the program please contact Richard Wimberley,, 517-335-8369.

See you next month at the DPAC Spring Meeting!