DFC Toolkits

Medicare has published a Dialysis Facility Compare Social Media Toolkit brochure in three versions (for patients or consumers, for dialysis facilities, and for physicians) and two languages (English and Spanish).  They provide graphic and text suggestions for sharing and promoting DFC on social media.  Find copies of them at:

5/23 KCER Prep Rally

KCER will present a Prep Rally on May 23, 2017 to kick off their Prep Rally campaign to get patients engaged in emergency preparedness.  For more information on the May 23 Rally see https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/PrepRally517.pdf .   For more information on the larger campaign see http://www.kcercoalition.com/PrepRally .

4/26+ CDC Nat’l Diabetes Prevention Program

CDC has a five-year initiative is to build out the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) infrastructure in underserved areas, to ensure that all adults with prediabetes or at high risk for type 2 diabetes have the opportunity to enroll in a CDC-recognized evidence-based lifestyle change program.  Applicants for funding to collaborate in this initiative must be national or regional organizations with affiliate sites in at least three states, have experience offering either the CDC-recognized lifestyle change program or equivalent, be able to enroll at least 1000 participants in underserved areas in year 1, and have experience working with Medicare beneficiaries and at least one minority group.  Find full details at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/programs/national-dpp-foa/index.html .

CDC will hold an Applicant Orientation Webinar April 26, 2017, and a DPP Informational Webinar May 3, z017.  Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1705foa .

Manage Your Diabetes Booklet

The NIH/CDC National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) has recently published the booklet Four Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life, available in thirteen languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Korean, Chinese, French, Bengali, Arabic, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, and Haitian Creole.  Find them at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/toolkits/4steps.html .  An earlier edition, called Four Steps to Control Your Diabetes for Life, is also available in Japanese and Samoan; see https://search.cdc.gov/search?query=4+steps+to+control&utf8=✓&affiliate=cdc-main .

Find other useful NDEP resources on diabetes education at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/people-with-diabetes/index.html and on diabetes prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/people-risk-diabetes/index.html .

Nat’l SW Month

March is also National Social Work month.  We’ve added web pages to the Network 16 website describing a few skills that social workers bring to patients and facilities.  Among the many things social workers do are:

  • Help manage kidney disease
  • Help assure quality of life
  • Help with rehabilitation
  • Help with education
  • Help assure satisfaction

Find the flyer for facilities in this month’s Network 16 News at https://www.nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html and this month’s Patient Bulletin for posting or handout to patients at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .

Communication Mini-Course

The Heartland Kidney Network of Kansas City has added the fifth and last colorful poster on essential elements of communication to their excellent short course called Heartland Huddle Up to Improve Communication.  This one is on Respect, joining the earlier pages on Active Listening, Body Language, Emotional Awareness, and Words Matter.  Find them all at http://heartlandkidney.org/providers/article/heartland_huddle_up_to_improve_communication .