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A monthly update complete with the latest news and resources brought to you by the
Diabetes Action Council of South Carolina.

  • DHDSP is raising awareness about CVD prevention for all age groups. Explore the Division’s American Heart Month toolkits and visit the DHDSP Twitter account, as well as the Million Hearts® FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn pages for resources and promotions throughout the month.
  • Million Hearts® 2027 aims to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes within 5 years. Find out more by visiting Million Hearts.
  • The CDC Foundation will launch a new campaign later this month, empowering people to “Live to the Beat,” with a steady pulse of tools, tips, healthy habits, and routines to help reduce CVD risk. Join us for the “Live to the Beat” campaign preview event, Thursday, February 17, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Register TODAY!
  • DHDSP  serves as a leader in national efforts to improve blood pressure control through the establishment of the National Hypertension Control Roundtable, a coalition of public and private organizations and individuals dedicated to eliminating disparities in high blood pressure control. We also encourage our federal partners to join the Federal Hypertension Control Leadership Council, a collection of federal agencies focused on prioritizing high blood pressure, sharing best practices, and partnering to improve high blood pressure control.
  • Celebrate AHM and the many contributions of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention by visiting the DHDSP website

The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends digital health and telephone interventions in community settingsworksites, and institutions of higher education to increase healthy eating and physical activity among adults interested in improving these behaviors. The recommendations are based on systematic reviews of evidence that were specific to each setting and showed favorable results.


Why is this important?

  • Eating well and being physically active lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.1,2
  • Only 12% of adults eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables daily, and half of U.S. adults get the recommended amounts of physical activity.3,4
  • In the United States, 90% of adults use the internet, and more than 80% have access to a smartphone.5,6

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Intervention Summary—read summaries of the evidence reviews and CPSTF findings

In an effort to make the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force started posting draft Recommendation Statements online for public comment in 2009. To further enhance its work, the Task Force began inviting public comment on all its draft Research Plans in December 2011 and its draft Evidence Reviews in March 2013. Submitted comments will be handled on a confidential basis.

To learn more about and comment on USPSTF draft Research Plans, Evidence Reviews, or Recommendation Statements, continue reading below.

Name Recommendation Type Open On Will Close On
Draft Research Plan
Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Age 5 Years or Younger: Screening
Screening Jan 20, 2022 11:55 AM EST Feb 16, 2022 11:59 PM EST
Draft Evidence Review
Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Counseling Jan 18, 2022 10:55 AM EST Feb 14, 2022 11:59 PM EST
Draft Recommendation Statement
Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors
Counseling Jan 18, 2022 10:55 AM EST Feb 14, 2022 11:59 PM EST

Research Plans

A small group of USPSTF members, called topic leads, works with researchers from the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) to create a draft Research Plan to guide the systematic review of the evidence. The Research Plan consists of an analytic framework, key questions, and a literature search strategy or research approach.

Each draft Research Plan is posted for public comment for 4 weeks. The USPSTF topic leads, with the assistance of the EPC researchers, review all of the comments received, revise the draft plan, and develop a final Research Plan. The final Research Plan is then posted on this Web site.

Evidence Reviews

The research team at the EPC independently implements the final Research Plan by conducting a systematic review of the evidence to address the questions posed by the USPSTF. The research team presents a draft Evidence Review to the full USPSTF at one of its in-person meetings. After the meeting, each draft Evidence Review is shared with a panel of external subject matter experts and posted for public comment for 4 weeks. Based on feedback received from Task Force members, subject matter experts, and the public, the research team finalizes the Evidence Review and prepares a manuscript summarizing the evidence for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or on this Web site.

The USPSTF, in partnership with AHRQ's Effective Health Care (EHC) Program, also offers opportunities for public comment on EHC draft Evidence Reviews that are related to the USPSTF's work. To learn more about and comment on draft Evidence Reviews from AHRQ's EHC Program, visit

Recommendation Statements

During one of its in-person meetings, the entire USPSTF reviews the evidence, evaluates the benefits and harms of the clinical preventive service, and discusses and develops one or more specific recommendations.

After the meeting, the topic leads write a full draft Recommendation Statement that includes the specific recommendations of the entire USPSTF, a rationale section, a section of clinical considerations to guide health care professionals, and a discussion section that reviews the evidence and discusses the recommendations of other organizations. The USPSTF posts its draft Recommendation Statement on this Web site for public comment for 4 weeks. The USPSTF topic leads review all of the comments received and revise the draft Recommendation Statement. The final Recommendation Statement is reviewed and voted on by the full Task Force, and posted on this Web site.

How to Comment

Any visitor to this site can comment on any of the listed USPSTF draft documents. However, readers should note that the USPSTF writes these documents for researchers, primary care doctors, and other health care providers, using medical and scientific language as appropriate for these audiences.

To comment, click on the type of draft document in the box at top right. Comments must be received before the comment deadline listed below each title. The comment period for draft documents is 4 weeks.

Once the draft Research Plan, Evidence Review, or Recommendation Statement is removed from the public comment page, the USPSTF begins considering comments and finalizing the document. Until the final Recommendation Statement is published, the USPSTF considers the Recommendation Statements on this Web site to be current.

You will receive acknowledgement that your comments have been transmitted. At the present time, the USPSTF cannot provide responses to individual comments.

Current as of: September 2017

Internet Citation: Opportunity for Public Comment. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. November 2014.

People with diabetes (type 1, type 2, or gestational), even when well-managed, are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications, which can result in hospitalization and sometimes even death. Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections and ear infections are examples of flu-related complications. In recent seasons, about 30% of adults hospitalized with flu reported to CDC had diabetes. Flu also can make chronic (long-term) health problems like diabetes worse because these conditions can make the immune system less able to fight off infections. Furthermore, acute illnesses like flu can make it harder to control your blood sugar levels. Flu may raise your blood sugar levels, but sometimes people don’t feel like eating when they are sick and a reduced appetite can cause blood sugar levels to fall. It is important for people with diabetes to follow the sick day guidelines if they become ill.

A Flu Vaccine is the Best Protection Against Flu

Flu vaccination is especially important for people with diabetes because they are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications. Because flu vaccines are updated each season to keep up with changing viruses and immunity provided by flu vaccination decreases over time, annual vaccination is recommended for the best protection against flu. Flu vaccines protect against the four flu viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. More information on why flu vaccines may be updated annually is available:  Vaccine Virus Selection, as well as this season’s exact vaccine composition. Flu vaccines for the upcoming season have been updated to better match the viruses that are expected to circulate. Immunity from flu vaccination sets in after about two weeks after getting vaccinated.

CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine each year, ideally by the end of October.

Flu Vaccines for People with Diabetes

Get pneumococcal vaccines.

  • Having flu increases your risk of getting pneumococcal disease. Pneumonia is an example of a serious complication that can cause death.
  • People who have diabetes also should be up to date with pneumococcal vaccination to help protect against pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcal vaccination should be part of a diabetes management plan. Talk to your health care provider to find out which pneumococcal vaccines are recommended for you.

Other Preventive Actions for People with Diabetes

In addition to getting a flu vaccine, people with diabetes should take the same everyday preventive actions CDC recommends for everyone, including avoiding people who are sick, covering coughs, and washing hands often.

Specific Health Actions for People with Diabetes

  • Plan ahead to maintain sufficient supplies of your regular medications for chronic medical conditions (e.g., at least a 2-week supply)

Symptoms and Treatment

If you get flu symptoms call your health care provider right away. There are antiviral drugs that can treat flu illness and that may prevent serious flu complications. CDC recommends prompt flu treatment for people who have flu infection or suspected flu infection and who are at higher risk of serious flu complications, such as people with diabetes.


Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than in adults. People may be infected with flu and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.


  • Influenza antiviral drugs are medicines that fight against flu by keeping flu viruses from making more viruses in your body.
  • Antiviral drugs can make your flu illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious health problems that can result from flu illness.
  • Treatment with an influenza antiviral drug should begin as soon as possible because these medications work best when started early (within 48 hours after symptoms start).
  • You need a prescription from a health care provider for an influenza antiviral medication.
  • There are four FDA-approved flu antiviral drugs recommended by CDC this season that can be used to treat flu.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Care

Anyone experiencing any of the following emergency warning signs of flu sickness, including people with diabetes, should seek medical attention right away.

Emergency Warning Signs of Flu
Emergency Warning Signs of Flu
In children
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Ribs pulling in with each breath
  • Chest pain
  • Severe muscle pain (child refuses to walk)
  • Dehydration (no urine for 8 hours, dry mouth, no tears when crying)
  • Not alert or interacting when awake
  • Seizures
  • Fever above 104°F
  • In children less than 12 weeks, any fever
  • Fever or cough that improve but then return or worsen
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions
In adults
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Persistent dizziness, confusion, inability to arouse
  • Seizures
  • Not urinating
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Severe weakness or unsteadiness
  • Fever or cough that improve but then return or worsen
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions

These lists are not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptom that is severe or concerning. 

Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

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The SC Cancer Alliance just launched our state’s newest cancer plan – a five-year road map to delivering cancer prevention practices, early detection measures and life-enhancing resources to everyone in South Carolina. Built on 20 years of state cancer trends and drafted by cancer experts, the plan outlines how we can work collaboratively to mitigate cancer and its impact across the state. This is our state’s fourth cancer plan since 2003 and includes sections on health equity, prevention, early detection, survivorship, health policy and advocacy, genetics, and plan evaluation strategies.


We encourage you to view the plan at www.sccancer.orgIf you’re interested in helping implement the Cancer Plan initiatives in your community, volunteer at



The 2022 - 2027 State Cancer Plan has officially been released, and we’d like to share it with as many healthcare and related public health organizations as the official road map in the fight against cancer in our state. If you are interested in being an ally in sharing information about the State Cancer Plan in your e-newsletter and/or social media, please reply to this email

We look forward to the opportunity to partner with you and would love to call on you throughout the year to help support our initiatives across the state. 



The Alliance is pleased to announce the 2022 South Carolina Cancer Alliance Board of Directors. 

The board members include:


Gerald Wilson, MD - Chair

Tanya Baker, BSN, RN, CIC

James Dewitt Bearden III, MD

Deborah Crawford-Butler, RN

Harley T. Davis, MSPH, PhD

Ciaran Fairman, Ph.D., CSCS, CET

Marvella Ford, PhD

COL (R) Mark Hennigan

Kristopher J. Jones

Trenessa Jones, PhD

Jim Kowalski

Mary Kruczynski

Amy Messersmith, PhD

Anthony "Tony" Minter

Michael Slapnik, CPA - Treasurer

Karen Wickersham, PhD, RN


These individuals bring a wealth of experience and expertise in their fields and will be tremendous assets to the Alliance as we further our mission to reduce the impact of cancer on all South Carolinians. Click here for more information. 



 March 4, 2022
9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Florence-Darlington Technical College 
Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology
1951 Pisgah Rd, Florence, SC 29501
Click here to register




Understanding the Disparities Facing Individuals with Physical Disabilities

Kip Roth, PA - Diversity and Inclusion Thought Leader


Understanding the Health Disparities Facing African Americans

Burnett Gallman, MD


Understanding the Health Disparities Facing Hispanic and Latino Americans

Mike Young, MA, CHW

Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, PASOs


Understanding the Social Determinants of Health

Sarah Kershner, PhD - Assistant Professor/Chair, Department of Healthcare Administration


Tracy George, DNP, APRN-BC, CNE - Associate Professor of Nursing Coordinator of Bachelor of General Studies Program


Addressing Health Equity in the Pee Dee Region

Gerald Wilson, MD - Chairman of the SC Cancer Alliance Board


Addressing Health Equity in the Pee Dee Region and SC AMEN Program

Marvella Ford PhD - Professor/Associate Director of Populations Sciences and Cancer Disparities, MUSC Hollings Cancer Center/SmartState Endowed Chair in Prostate Cancer Disparities, South Carolina State University


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