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Fresh New Look
Published on: 1/21/2019
Virginia Diabetes Council… A Partnership for Prevention and Education

In July of 2018, the Virginia Diabetes Council leadership decided it was time to re-imagine who they could be, and how they could best serve the diabetes communities of educators, professionals and patients across the Commonwealth.

Following a two-day, intensive retreat, the board developed a new mission statement:

Raise Awareness. Build collaboration. Promote Excellence in Education and Treatment.

Shortly following the retreat, the board leadership took the next step in creating their own future with a vision statement:

To become Virginia’s leading collaborative voice for diabetes awareness, education and treatment.

The goal of the Council was to be forward-thinking in their process, and to clearly define ways in which they could respond to the needs of their constituents in the future.

Closely following their vision is the Council’s identi
January 2019 Newsletter
Published on: 1/14/2019
Defeating the Deadly Double: Diabetes and Depressiona
A special Virginia Health Care Foundation initiative designed to reduce depression in diabetic patients has demonstrated great success in its first 8 months. The five participating health safety net (HSN) organizations have reviewed and adjusted their protocols, workflows, and procedures to better identify diabetic patients with depression and treat both diseases.
 They are:
· Blue Ridge Medical Center
· Central Virginia Health Services
· CrossOver Healthcare Ministry
· Neighborhood Health
· New Horizons Healthcare

Formal patient enrollment began in April and the results from the first 8 months are impressive. As of November 30, 2018:
· 112 (20%) of the 559 DDD patients showed a decrease in their PHQ-9 scores;
· 184 (33%) DDD patients showed a decrease in HbA1c (with an average decrease of 1.5
January 2019: General Assembly Update
Published on: 1/7/2019
Read the latest from the 2019 General Assembly session on January 8, 2019. This is a 45-day session or the “short” session.