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First Friday Newsletter: June 2021

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

June is... 

Men's Health Month 
Men's Health Resources
Men and Diabetes Click Here
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Click Here

Summer is here!
June 20, 2021

 CDC guidelines below for moving forward!

CDC Guidance
Visiting Parks &

Recreational Facilities: Click Here

New 2021 Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) Standards 

Updated program standards have been approved and went into effect on May 1, 2021. If your organization was recognized prior to May 1, 2021, you are not expected to comply with the new Standards immediately. To ensure an orderly transition from the 2018 DPRP Standards to the revised 2021 DPRP Standards, CDC will allow you the option of submitting in the 2018 format or submitting the new 2021 format, up to November 30, 2021. Thereafter, you will be required to transition to the 2021 DPRP Standards and submit the 2021 data elements.

If you have any questions about the new Standards or processes, please submit a request to the National DPP Customer Service Center by logging in and selecting “Contact Us/Contact Support”. Please be sure to include your organization name and organization code in the subject line of your email. You will be asked to register with our Customer Service Center to submit and track your technical assistance requests and contribute to peer discussions.

Review Standards Here
Following the CDC’s updated guidance for fully vaccinated individuals, the Public Health Communications Collaborative has updated the Tough Q&A with messaging to support you in addressing questions from your community.
You will find clear, consistent messaging to help answer common questions, including:
  • Why did the mask guidance change?
  • What does the new guidance mean for fully vaccinated individuals? What about unvaccinated people or children?
  • What does the CDC guidance mean for local regulations, workplaces or businesses?
We will continue to monitor the latest recommendations and update our website with messaging and resources to help you communicate these developments. In the meantime, we want to hear from you. Email to share your communications challenges and the resources that would further support you.
Additional Resources
The recording from our May webinar on COVID-19 summer safety messaging is now available. In this webinar, Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Health Commissioner for Columbus, Ohio, shared insights on how to effectively communicate COVID-19 safety tips for summer activities and travel, using consistent and fact-based messaging that will inform and motivate.

The National Council On Aging (NCOA) is partnering with Lyft to provide access to reliable, affordable transportation to older adults who need a ride to get their COVID-19 vaccine.


Lyft has provided ride codes with a value of up to $25 each to travel to and from COVID-19 vaccination appointments for both the first and second doses. This effort is part of Lyft’s Universal Vaccine Access campaign, which is mobilizing a coalition of partners to provide access to rides to and from vaccination sites across the country. 

How to use the NCOA-Lyft vaccine ride codes

The Lyft promo codes we’re offering can be used for a roundtrip ride for each dose of the COVID vaccine. Each code below covers up to $50 per round trip ($25 to the vaccine appointment, and $25 back home). There are no location restrictions, and the vaccine ride codes are valid through December 31, 2021.

  • Dose 1 Code (to and from their appointment): SENIORVAX1
  • Dose 2 Code (to and from their appointment): SENIORVAX2

Learn more about how to set up an account and request a ride:

All older adults who use the Lyft codes will be required to follow Lyft’s Health Safety policies, which include staying home if they are sick, wearing a mask, keeping the car and their hands clean, sitting in the back seat, and keeping the car windows open when possible.

More Support to Help People with Diabetes Prevent Complications.


Available now: updated Take Charge of Your Diabetes fact sheets from CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT). Add these comprehensive resources to your outreach and communication materials to engage and inform people with diabetes and their support circles.  

Developed with insight from specialists in audiology, optometry, podiatry, dentistry, and pharmacology, these fact sheets provide vital information to help people with diabetes reduce their risk of complications, including heart disease, blindness, and lower-limb ulcers and amputations.

Also included is information on managing the ABC's of diabetesA1C, blood pressure, cholesterol, and smoking cessation—and how people with diabetes can access diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) services.
All fact sheets are available in English and Spanish and as PDFs that can be printed and shared:

For more helpful materials on managing diabetes and preventing type 2 diabetes, visit DDT’s Resources and Publications page.
The 19th Annual Chronic Disease Prevention Symposium Kicked Off On June 3rd! Join Us!

We have created a social media toolkit to promote the symposium. In the toolkit, you will find graphics and captions to share on your organization's social media accounts. To access and download the media toolkit, click on the flyer below.

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