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Welcome to the Diabetes Connection

 Web portal for the Washington State Diabetes Network

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May is National Stroke Awareness Month

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People with diabetes are at 1.5 times higher risk of stroke than people who don't have diabetes.

People with diabetes can lower risk by keeping blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol on target with healthy eating, physical activity, and, if needed, medicine. If people with diabetes use tobacco, connecting them with support to quit. The better we are able to manage these factors, the better chances of preventing a stroke.

Find resources for stroke communication here:
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Stroke Month Toolkit | Be A Stroke Hero Flyer

5 Things Every Stroke Hero Needs to Know | Strokes and Brain Health | Women Face Higher Risk of Stroke

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Registration Now Open: Conference for Community Health Workers

Community Health Workers, Promotoras, Community Health Advisors, Lay Health Advocates, Outreach Educators, Community Health Representatives, Peer Health Promoters and Peer Health Educators are invited to come and learn about blood pressure education opportunities, prediabetes awareness campaign and diabetes awareness. Share successes, build relationships and obtain resources and tools to continue your work.
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 8:00 am — 4:15 pm in Olympia. For more information, view the flyer.

Clinical Practice Algorithm for Prediabetes and Asymptomatic Type 2 Diabetes

View the newly released screening and treatment pathway recommendations for adults to identify abnormal blood glucose.

Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report: Aligning Priorities

The 2014 Washington State Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report (PDF) is a legislative report written in response to Third Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5034 (July 2013). It is the result of a collaborative effort from the Washington State Department of Health, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and the Washington State Health Care Authority. Partners and stakeholders from the Diabetes Network also contributed to the report.

Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report: 2017 Update

A proviso in the 2015-2017 budget (ESSB 6052) directs the Department of Health to collaborate with the Health Care Authority and the Department of Social and Health Services to author an updated Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report due June 2017. Among other directives, the report shall include individual agency action plans and actionable items for the legislature’s consideration. Stay tuned for ways to get involved as a stakeholder in this report.

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...a clearinghouse of activities, ideas, best practices, links and resources.  We aim to provide useful, credible information to the Washington State Diabetes Network, and to foster collaboration and communication. The Washington State Diabetes Network is a broad array of organizations and people working in public, private, tribal, community and academic/training sectors to prevent and control diabetes and hypertension among residents of Washington.
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Spread the Word
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You can help get the message across. 

See how you can participate with this  Prediabetes Awareness Social Media Toolkit.

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 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs, including diabetes prevention and management. Dial 2-1-1 or visit win211.org