March-May 2008 NEWSLETTER
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The Steps Community Heroes Award Program is a CDC Steps Program
initiative that honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions
to improve the health and well-being of others in their communities. This
program was designed to acknowledge “Steps Heroes” who, without expecting
personal recognition, have unselfishly contributed their time, talents, and
expertise to make significant and often sustainable contributions in their
communities, making them a healthier place to live.
Partnership for Prevention® and CDC's Steps Program are pleased to announce the recent release of The Community Health Promotion Handbook: Action Guides to Improve Community Health, an evidence-based tool that bridges the gap between research and practice. Five selected recommendations from the Task Force on Community Preventive Services’ The Guide to Community Preventive Services: What Works to Promote Health? have been translated into action guides that provide public health practitioners and others interested in health promotion with the necessary “how to” guidance to implement effective community-level strategies.
The handbook’s five action guides cover the following topics:
For further information on this collaborative effort, please visit www.cdc.gov/steps/actionguides. This publication can be downloaded free of charge at www.prevent.org/actionguides.* Printed copies of the complete handbook or individual action guides can be purchased at the same Web address.
CDC’s national Steps Program Office recently published The Steps Program in Action: Success Stories on Community Initiatives to Prevent Chronic Diseases. This 44-page booklet describes how selected Steps-funded communities are showing what can be done locally in schools, work sites, communities, and health care settings to promote healthier lifestyles and help people make long-lasting and sustainable changes to reduce their risks for chronic diseases.
To order a printed copy, contact CDC’s Steps Program Office by telephone at 770-488-6452, by e-mail at email@example.com, or by mail at the following address: Steps Program Office, 4770 Buford Highway, Mail Stop K-93, Atlanta GA 30341-3717.
The 2008 At A Glance Report (Steps Program: Preventing Chronic Diseases through Local Community Action) is now available. This 4-page report presents an overview of the Steps Program and highlights key principles & strategies, community partnerships and interventions, and program successes in creating and sustaining change in communities across the country.
Community Highlight…Pike County Scales Back ‘A Ton'
MAKE STRIDES!* is the newsletter of the Minnesota's Steps Program. The March and April edition highlights each of its four communities and includes a Q&A section on BMI (body mass index) and a recently published article detailing the significant association between salt intake and the consumption of fluids for children, especially sugar-sweetened soft drinks.
NDEP is promoting an updated feature article, “A Step in the Right Direction: Lose Weight & Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes,” to help people at risk for diabetes and their family members make gradual lifestyle changes to lose weight safely and keep it off. With so many weight loss programs available, it is easy to become confused about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to losing weight to lower the risk for type 2 diabetes. This article highlights three small steps those at risk for type 2 diabetes can make to lose weight safely and keep it off.
It is our pleasure to announce that Dr. Shannon Griffin-Blake has
been selected to serve as Acting Team Lead of the Step’s Program Services
and Evaluation Team. Dr. Griffin-Blake comes to us from the Division of
Adult and Community Health in the National Center for Chronic Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), where she served as a behavioral scientist. During the
past 3 years, she was co-leader with the Directors of Health Promotion and
Education of a mixed-method work-site project exploring the impact of job
stress on female, blue collar workers. She also coordinated the National
Health Promotion Partnership with the YMCA of the USA. As Acting Team Lead
of the Program Services and Evaluation Team, Dr. Griffin-Blake will lead
programmatic and evaluation efforts in the areas of diabetes, obesity,
asthma, cardiovascular disease, and their underlying risk factors of
physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and tobacco use in high-risk
populations and underserved communities. Before joining CDC, she directed a
multidisciplinary research team at the University of Georgia that
investigated workforce health and safety factors and their impact on both
organizational effectiveness and employee health. Her professional endeavors
and multiple publications have focused on work-site intervention
effectiveness and model development, workforce empowerment, partnership and
coalition development, community engagement, physical activity surveillance
and evaluation, mental health promotion, and health disparities. Dr.
Griffin-Blake holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts in Health
Education and Promotion from East Carolina University, and a Doctor of
Philosophy degree in Health Behavior and Promotion from the University of
Please join us in welcoming Shannon and Yvette to Steps!
Amy Rentz has made the transition from contractor to federal employee by accepting a management and program analyst position in Steps. She will coordinate administrative and management aspects in the day-to-day operations of the Steps Program Office. Duties include purchasing, time and attendance, and providing assistance on special projects.
New Opportunities for Staff:
Nancy Williams, who has been with the Steps Program for the last 4
years, recently accepted a new position in the Division for Heart Disease
and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP). She will be a project officer working with
the state programs and the Delta Project. Nancy’s many years of experience
working with communities will undoubtedly be beneficial to DHDSP. Nancy will
greatly miss working with the wonderful Steps grantees and hopes that they
will stay in touch even as she moves on to her new program. Her phone number
and e-mail address will remain the same. As Nancy said, this is not
good-bye, just see you later. We’ll miss you Nancy!
• June 20–21, 2008……Clearwater, Florida
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Page last reviewed: May 23, 2008
Page last modified: July 29, 2008
Content source: Division of Adult and Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion