Recommended Strategies

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Learn more about the recommended strategies for the following health focus areas:

 

Diabetes

Strategies for diabetes include, but are not limited to:

  • Diabetes Prevention Program focuses on prediabetes, helping with lifestyle changes that reverse prediabetes and help prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.You can find classes available in your region on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website
  • Ensure all people with diabetes receive self-management education from a Diabetes Education Program.
  • Ensure people with diabetes and gum disease have access to guideline-based oral health treatment.
  • Enhance care coordination for people with both diabetes and mental illness.
  • Ensure all appropriate populations have access to Chronic Disease Self-Management Education programs in Washington.
  • Ensure involvement of Community Health Workers to address diabetes in populations with the greatest needs.
  • Increase stakeholder involvement in policymaking that pertains to diabetes.

 

Obesity

Strategies for obesity include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensure health plans provide screening for BMI, and provide evidence based support for patients with high BMIs.
  • Develop obesity screening in healthcare settings, along with counseling and referrals that are tailored to patients and culturally appropriate.
  • Provide seamless breastfeeding support between hospitals and related clinics.
  • Encourage hospitals to register for Breastfeeding Friendly Washington.
  • Provide healthy foods in cafeterias, vending and other on-site food venues.
  • Develop a prescription program for free/low cost physical activity and fruit/vegetable incentives.
  • Partner with a local gym to offer free or reduced cost memberships.
  • Screen for food insecurity, and provide related resources and assistance if applicable.
  • Lead or participate in community initiatives to improve access to healthy food and physical activity, especially among populations that experience health inequities.

 

Tobacco

Strategies for tobacco include, but are not limited to:

  • Increase the number of clinics and hospitals where tobacco dependence treatment is embedded into the workflow and electronic health record, and every patient screened for tobacco use is advised to quit and offered an intervention.
  • Develop state level insurance policy solutions to ensure that comprehensive cessation services are covered in all sectors of healthcare, including behavioral, mental and chemical dependency settings.
  • Increase the number of Medicaid and Exchange health plans with evidence-based comprehensive cessation coverage.
  • Create culturally appropriate/relevant tobacco cessation resources.
  • Support state Quitline capacity and access to new technologies for counseling and support.
  • Prepare, support and reimburse Community Health Workers to support treatment for tobacco use and dependency. Strengthen partnerships with chronic disease programs.

 

Well-Child Visits

Well-Child Visit recommended strategies will be available soon. Please check back.

 

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