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April 18 event is co-presented by MedNetOne Health Solutions and Oakland University
 
Media Contact: Barbara M. Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; 248-260-8466; barbara@eafocus.com
 
Troy, Mich. —March 13, 2018—Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), a non-profit organization providing continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, announced it is providing continuing medical education for Better Upstream Health, Better Downstream Care, a conference focused on the social determinants of health (#SDOH) to be held on the campus of Oakland University on April 18, 2018.
 
The event is part of the Oakland University School of Health Sciences’ 2018 Healthology Symposium series, “where science, practice, and social interests meet” and which provides a culminating focus for faculty, students and community partners to celebrate impactful research and scholarship that affect health outcomes. Better Upstream Health, Better Downstream Care is co-presented by MedNetOne Health Solutions, a health care management organization offering infrastructure, clinical and technology services to more than 800 private practice physicians and other independent care providers.
 
At Healthology 2018, attendees will discuss the importance of addressing the “upstream” social determinants of health in achieving better “downstream” care. The social determinants of health may include:
• Economic resources, including access to jobs that provide a living wage
• Safe workplaces and safe neighborhoods
• Quality of schools and availability for advanced education and training
• Clean and safe water, air and food
• Positive support systems through home and family relationships and extended social interactions
 
The conference agenda includes:
• Addressing #SDOH from a national and local perspective
• Immigration and Assimilation as #SDOH
• Building a learning system to identify and address #SDOH
• Making a difference in #SDOH through community partnerships
• Addressing community determinants: tools and ideas to overcome barriers
• Investing in #SDHO: how a payer engages its workforce and the community
• #SDOH- Where do we go from here?
 
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) through the joint providership of Practice Transformation Institute, MedNetOne Health Solutions and Oakland University School of Health Sciences. Practice Transformation Institute is accredited by the MSMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Practice Transformation Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
 

Media Contact: Barbara M. Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; 248-260-8466; barbara@eafocus.com
 
Troy, Mich. —Jan. 15, 2018—Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), a non-profit organization providing continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, announced it will present a new session of its diabetes prevention program to educate individuals on how moderate lifestyle changes and increased physical activity may cut the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by as much as half. Based on the National Diabetes Prevention Program, the new series will kick off on Tuesday, March 6, with groups meeting for 16 weekly sessions, followed by 6 monthly maintenance sessions. More details about the program will be offered at informational meetings on Feb. 6 or Feb. 27 from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
PTI lifestyle coach Carla Irvin, RN, BSN, said this one-hour weekly series emphasizes the importance of lifestyle changes and is ideal for people who have been diagnosed with prediabetes or are at risk for developing the disease.
 
“Over the course of 16 core sessions, participants will work with a trained Lifestyle Coach and their group to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to promoting sustainable lifestyle changes,” Irvin explained. “The Lifestyle Coach is someone who understands the difficulty of this lifestyle change and will work to equip participants with small changes they can readily make to eat healthier and be more active over time.”
 
The National Diabetes Prevention Program was developed by the CDC as an effective lifestyle change program to prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes. In this program, participants will learn to:
⦁ Read food labels
⦁ Managesocial/food cues
⦁ Use ‘My Plate’guidelines
⦁ Problem-solve
⦁ Deal with stress
⦁ Apply proper portion control
⦁ Include physical activity in their daily lives
 
In addition to the weekly sessions, the program follows up with separate monthly maintenance lessons, which provide additional support and cover more specific topics, such as tackling holidays and special events, time management, food preparation/recipe modification, and long-term maintenance. The entire program runs March 6, 2018–February 12, 2019.
 

What: National Diabetes Prevention Program
When: Tuesdays–Starting March 6, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. over 16 weeks; plus 6 monthly follow-up sessions
Where: Country Creek Medical Bldg., 4986 N. Adams Rd., Rochester, 48306; large conference room
Cost: Free
Informational Session: Offered Feb. 6 or Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Country Creek Medical Building
Questions or registration: email yyang@transformcoach.org or call 248.475.4839

Media Contact: Barbara M. Fornasiero; EAFocus Communications; 248-260-8466; barbara@eafocus.com
 
Troy, Mich. —October 23, 2017— Practice Transformation Institute (PTI), a non-profit organization providing continuing medical education and customized learning programs that improve health outcomes and the individual care delivery experience, is pleased to announce it has received accreditation for its care coordination and care management training programs by the Michigan Nurses Association, an approver of continuing nursing education by the Michigan Board of Nursing.
 
The accreditation is valid for two years, Sept. 21, 2017 through Sept. 21, 2019, and was granted following a peer review by the Michigan Nurses Association’s Continuing Education Approval Program (CEAP) Committee. In commenting on the curriculum for the approved PTI programs, which were developed by PTI staff members Carla Irvin, R.N. and Ginny Hosbach, B.S.N, M.S.N., the CEAP Committee noted it was provider-directed and learner-paced, with enduring material.
 
“This accreditation is especially meaningful for PTI because it is unusual for a non-nursing organization to receive such a designation,” Ewa Matuszewski, PTI principal and founder, said. “It’s a reflection of the effort that PTI staff members have committed to making the care management and care coordination programs impactful for both clinical and non-clinical participants.”
 
PTI’s next Care Coordination and Care Management Training session, designed to educate health care professionals in the specifics of primary care management of chronic conditions, is set for Nov. 1-2 in Rochester. Registration can be done online. The program is approved for 20 contact hours by the Michigan Nurses Association, an approver of continuing nursing education by the Michigan Board of Nursing. Further, PTI is authorized by IACET to offer 2.0 CEUs for this program. In addition to care management programs, PTI offerings include the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP,) lifestyle coaching, Stanford Self-Management programs, A Matter of Balance, patient-centered-medical-home facilitation, learning collaboratives and a variety of training webinars.