The Diabetes Connection serves as a clearinghouse of activities, ideas, best practices, links and resources. This website exists to convey useful, credible information to Washington State Diabetes Network, and to foster collaboration and communication. The Washington State Diabetes Network is made up of 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. Members of the Washington State Diabetes Network are encouraged to contribute information to the Diabetes Connection share with others.
February is Heart Month
Did you know that people with diabetes are at increase risk of heart attacks and strokes? All the more reason to promote heart health in February, from Wear Red Day February 5 through Leap Day February 29.
Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report
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. Everyone concerned about diabetes in Washington may find this report valuable to inform and guide their priorities and work.
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. Among other directives, the report shall include individual agency action plans and actionable items for the legislature’s consideration.