APRIL 2007 NEWSLETTER
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Planning is moving ahead at a fast pace for the Steps Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) Workshop and Action Institute to be held this year in Seattle, Washington. The AGENDA is under development and will be posted on our workshop information pages as details become available; links are currently available to ONLINE REGISTRATION and ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES.
The registration deadline is Friday, May 18, 2007. There are no registration fees; however, EVERYONE IS REQUIRED TO REGISTER to attend this meeting. Space is limited, so do register as soon as possible! This year’s workshop will focus on training in the areas of “Environmental, Policy, and Systems Change" and "Sustainability.” Information will be presented through posters, daily workshop presentations, and key speakers.
Monthly Conference Call to Steps Community Program Managers
In the monthly “Program Consultants’ conference call” to the Steps Community Program Managers on March 8, presentation topics, potential speakers, and special events for the upcoming Steps Cooperative Agreement Program Workshop and Action Institute were discussed, and feedback and suggestions were provided by the Program Managers.
The Steps WebBoard Forum has been officially migrated to new software called TeamCDC and is under complete revision as a result. This new software should give the Steps Program additional capabilities beyond those of the WebBoard Forum. Many of the prior members of the WebBoard Forum received an email asking them to update their user information due to increased security requirements of the new software. Everyone who updated their information can now log in at https://team.cdc.gov. The Steps PC Team migrated over most of the topics that were previously being used. For those who did not have an opportunity to update your information, as soon as the PC Team determines how best to use this new software’s components, they will make sure that all members have access, provide training, and get feedback on how best to use this forum. Please don't hesitate to share your ideas with your Program Consultant. Initial ideas on WebBoard Forum offerings include the following:
Monthly Conference Call to Steps Community Communication Representatives
The monthly “Communications, Policy, and Partnerships conference call” to Steps communities was held on March 28. Tracy Della Torre from the Ad Council was the featured speaker. She provided information about the Ad Council's offer to distribute new public service announcements (PSAs) directly to TV stations in May as part of the national Obesity Prevention Campaign. The PSAs will focus on portion control and healthy eating, and will identify the local Steps Program for the communities in which it is televised. The Steps Program is proud to have a partnership with the Ad Council, the leading producer of PSAs for over 60 years.
Steps Community Success Stories
Since last month’s newsletter, we are pleased to announce the posting of six additional "Community Success Stories" at http://www.cdc.gov/steps/success_stories/index.htm. Please visit this link to read about successful chronic disease prevention activities taking place in Cochise County, AZ; Santa Cruz County, AZ; Tampa-Hillsborough County, FL; Cleveland, OH; Fayette County, PA; and San Antonio-Bexar County, TX, in addition to the 12 previously posted stories on other Steps communities. More are in development!
Updated “Diseases and Risk Factors” Webpage
The Steps "Diseases and Risk Factors" Webpage at http://www.cdc.gov/steps/disease_risk/index.htm has undergone a complete revision. Please visit this Webpage to find updated resources on obesity, diabetes, and asthma, as well as three related risk behaviors—physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use.
Annual Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) Conference
The Steps SE Team recently attended the BRFSS Conference in Decatur, Georgia, March 26–28. Congratulations to the following Steps programs for being selected to present as part of moderated sessions at the conference:
The conference showcased the successful application of BRFSS data by state-based programs such as diabetes, cancer prevention, tobacco and alcohol use prevention, family planning, nutrition and physical activity, and oral health. The conference featured sessions on "the importance and challenges of health surveillance at the state and federal levels, BRFSS's impact on mental health surveillance activities, recent BRFSS research activities on reaching underrepresented groups, scientific publishing of BRFSS data, and effective communication strategies for surveillance data."
The accomplishments generated from collaborative efforts between local YMCAs and their communities’ Steps programs were profiled in a YMCA national report, entitled “YMCA/Steps Community Collaborative Projects: Six Case Narratives.”
Read about the following six programs at http://www.ymca.net/downloads/061106_steps_case_narratives.pdf* (PDF–687K)
The Steps Program Office strongly encourages each grantee to review its program’s Web site on a routine basis. Is the contact information up to date? Are events listed in a timely manner? Are useful, current resources (with intact links) provided for your community’s readership? Is information easy to find? Do names of menu items and other headers best represent the underlying information? For a fresh perspective on maximizing your Steps program’s messages, visit other Steps Web sites to see their approaches to design and content. Web site addresses can be accessed through the Steps Communities Web page at http://www.cdc.gov/steps/steps_communities/index.htm.
Here’s a look at the progress that one of the Steps grantees has made recently with its Web site.
Rachel Cohen, Steps Communications Coordinator for Steps to a HealthierMN, sent out an e-mail that their Steps program was excited to share “the successes of the Steps chronic disease prevention model through the unveiling of our new look, newsletter, and Web site.” Rachel further explained: “Our Steps logo is still the same, but we've dressed it up with some bold colors as well as a tagline...While our Web site has been up for a few months, we formally invite you to visit the site at www.stepstoahealthiermn.org*. On the site, you will find the following:
*Links to non-Federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by CDC or the Federal Government, and none should be inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at this link.
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