KIPDA Tri-County Rural Diabetes Coalition Meets in Bullitt County on March 17th; Concept Mapping Exercise for Diabetes Health Disparities

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KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition will meet on March 17, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Shepherdsville City Hall, 634 Conestoga Parkway, in Shepherdsville, KY. This meeting falls under the jurisdiction of the KIPDA Rural Diabetes Grant Steering Committee. The majority of the coalition meeting will be spent on a concept mapping exercise assisting in the formation of the Coalition that will be the driving force of the grant initiative. The Coalition will determine what must be done in the region to reduce diabetes disparities, particularly for the aging, in the counties of Bullitt, Henry, and Shelby Counties in the state.

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These counties have been identified in the Bluegrass State as having the highest incidence of diabetes (10.1%), higher than the average rate for Kentucky (9.9%) and US (7.7%), according to the Center for Disease Control.

KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition will meet on March 17, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Shepherdsville City Hall, 634 Conestoga Parkway, in Shepherdsville, KY. This meeting falls under the jurisdiction of the KIPDA Rural Diabetes Grant Steering Committee. The majority of the coalition meeting will be spent on a concept mapping exercise assisting in the formation of the Coalition that will be the driving force of the grant initiative. The Coalition will determine what must be done in the region to reduce diabetes disparities, particularly for the aging, in the counties of Bullitt, Henry, and Shelby Counties in the state.

The KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition, under a $2.5 Million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant, expects to impact the diabetes prevalence statistics seen from Shelby, Bullitt, and Henry within the next five years. These counties have been identified in the Bluegrass State as having the highest incidence of diabetes (10.1%), higher than the average rate for Kentucky (9.9%) and US (7.7%), according to the Center for Disease Control.

Members of the general public, county government officials, public health workers, children of aging parents, medical professionals, local parks officials, and commercial businesses invested in healthy eating choices are anticipated to attend. All are welcome. If you are attending, contact Bonnie Buchanan, program manager for the KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition, at 502-266-6084.

Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) through its Division of Social Services in partnership with the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work have received a grant through the CDC. The National Program to Eliminate Diabetes-Related Disparities in Vulnerable Populations, including the elderly, minorities, and low-income populations, was awarded to KIPDA to address the prevalence of diabetes in the rural counties of Bullitt, Henry, and Shelby specifically.

The University of Louisville’s Kent School of Social Work is involved in the programmatic evaluation and assessment tied to the grant including the following staff: Dr. Pam Yankeelov, PhD, Dr. Annatjie Faul, PhD; Dr. Wanda Lott Collins, PhD; and Joseph D’Ambrosio, JD, MSSW.

Recruitment from corporations and companies in the healthcare environment serving these counties will be asked in the next months for their participation on the coalition team. Current coalition members include: William Fane; Renee Blair, RN, Public Health Director, North Central District Health Department; Dallas Milliner; Dr. Helen Harrah; and Theresa Renn, RN, CDE.

For more information on being involved in the coalition, go to http://www.kipda.org or call 502-266-5571, and contact Barbara Gordon, Director, Division of Social Services.

Funding for this grant was made possible (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 1U58DP002815-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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