Changes are coming to DPAC based on changes in CDC funding requirements and support. These changes were presented to the general membership at the May and November 2014 meetings and were voted on by the DPAC board in September. We will provide a short description of these changes in this email. More detail is available in the DPAC Transition Plan.

Networking has always been identified as a DPAC strength and with the transition, the MDCH Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) has been aware of maintaining opportunities to continue to support this strength. Following is a summary of changes, highlighting ones that we think are of most significance to you, the membership:

DPAC Workgroups

Workgroups will be eliminated as they currently exist in monthly calls and established work plans, as the DPCP does not have the grant support to continue workgroups as they function now. To respond to specific needs and priority issues, the Board can establish short-term subcommittees or ah-hoc groups with defined outcomes and tasks.

DPAC Board

The Board will be maintained and will assist in planning full member meetings, partner recruitment and subcommittee determination. It will convene less often.

DPAC Coordination

As Jennifer Edsall is now the Diabetes Prevention Consultant, staffing support for DPAC has been transferred to Anne Esdale, with the rest of the DPCP staff assisting as needed.

Full Member Meetings

DPAC will continue to have two in-person meetings annually with focus on networking and education. We will reach out to other diabetes initiatives or chronic disease partners to possibly host a joint meeting or diabetes symposium.

DPAC Communications

DPAC will now use Constant Contact for email updates and newsletters. The website will be maintained, with the Facebook page dropped and LinkedIn explored.

Should you have specific questions about the DPAC Transition Plan, please don’t hesitate to contact Anne Esdale at esdalea@michigan.gov or (517) 335-6936.