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 Web portal for the Washington State Diabetes Network


May is National Stroke Awareness Month

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

F.A.S.T is a simple test to determine if someone might be having a stroke:
FACE      Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS    Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward or not move?
SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Is speech slurred or hard to understand? Are they unable to speak?
TIME      Time to call 911 if you see any one of these signs. Note the time symptoms started, or when the person was last known to be normal and tell the medics or hospital staff.

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

Save the Date: Eastern Washington Prediabetes Summit May 20

Join health care professionals and care providers at this one-day summit in Spokane, WA, which includes continuing education credits. Hear from regional diabetes and prediabetes experts,  Carol Wysham, MD, Brenda Montgomery, RD, CDE, and Heather Readhead, MD, and participate in breakout sessions with peers.   

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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About This Site
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.
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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

Spread the Word

You can help get the message across. 

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

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