***November is American Diabetes Month Here are a few recent statistics on diabetes:
- Nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes.
- Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
- The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $245 billion.
The vision of the American Diabetes Association is a life free of diabetes and all of its burdens. Feel free to use and distribute this signature badge to raise awareness of this ever-growing disease.
***21-Day Walk ‘n Roll Challenge a Success! The 21-Day Walk ‘n Roll Challenge, the San Francisco Federal Building’s response to “Step it Up” the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities, concluded on October 21. Whether employees walked or rolled, the Challenge encouraged them to increase their physical activity during the 21-day period. Over 140 employees pledged to Step it Up, and a third successfully completed the Challenge. A guide is currently being developed to help others lead similar Challenges at their workplace.
***Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Community Event The Prevention Collaborative partnered with North East Medical Services last month to disseminate information on the Affordable Care Act to over 300 community members attending the Tenderloin Healthy Corner Store Coalition’s (TLHCSC) third annual community event. During the event the TLHCSC unveiled their most recent shopping guide, a booklet highlighting local food stores that sell healthy everyday groceries within the Tenderloin community. The Tenderloin is a known food desert and one of the most economically disenfranchised neighborhoods in San Francisco.
***First Plan to Address Health Equity in Medicare The Equity Plan, released September 8, 2015 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH), focuses on six priority areas. Over the course of four years, the Equity Plan aims to reduce health disparities among populations that experience disproportionately high burdens of disease, lower quality of care, and barriers accessing care. Click here for more information, or here for the full report.
***New Medicare Opioid Drug Mapping Tool On November 3, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an online mapping tool that allows users to obtain geographic information on Medicare Part D opioid prescription claims in the US. Over the past 20 years the number of deaths caused by opioid abuse and overdose has grown dramatically. The new mapping tool promises to help providers and the public health community by bringing more transparency to this epidemic. Click here for more information.