PSTAT: Policy State Technical Assistance Team
Policy State Technical Assistance Team (PSTAT) is an innovative approach for advocacy training provided by the Diabetes Council. A key component of the PSTAT program is the provision of technical assistance from a PSTAT Consultant team. This team will consist of one policy/advocacy expert, the American Diabetes Association regional advocacy director, the DPCP’s CDC Project Officer or designee, and the NACDD Senior Diabetes Consultant. Over a 1 ½ day site visit the PSTAT consultant team will guide the DPCPs and their partners to develop and implement an issue-specific advocacy plan and related tools, documents and technical resources. The program is meant to be an action-oriented, problem-solving endeavor.
Stakeholder education in policy development is becoming an increasingly important aspect of Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) activity. Data collected by the 2007 Diabetes Council Professional Development Survey indicated that DPCPs would benefit from training, tools and resources to become more effective in this area.
Education of legislators and other stakeholders, and working with external partners to advocate for the needs of people with or at risk for diabetes fall within the scope of allowed DPCP activity. As identified in the ten Essential Public Health Services, public health managers and staff can: identify and coordinate roles of partners; collect/analyze data (e.g. develop reports/fact sheets); serve as a scientific resource to policy makers, business leaders, health practitioners, and the media; lead health education campaigns and mobilize local health departments, and; serve as a representative of the state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia health department to assure development and implementation of policies that protect the health of the public. Building support for public health requires the application of information and resources to affect systemic changes that shape the way people live in a community.
Information, skills and resources are necessary to develop and implement policies that will reduce the occurrence or severity of public health problems. To increase advocacy capacity among DPCPs, the Diabetes Council has developed a three-pronged approach to provide necessary technical assistance and consultation to increase DPCP capacity to effectively fulfill their role in educating stakeholders. The three approaches include: (1) Annual Diabetes Conference training (either pre-conference training or conference workshop); (2) PSTAT program; and (3) developing State Success Stories.
To provide Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs (DPCPs) with technical assistance and training to address emerging policy issues.
To increase a DPCP’s capacity to engage and inform stakeholders, and effectively apply information and resources to impact policy changes that may reduce the burden of diabetes in its jurisdiction.
The PSTAT consultant team will assist the DPCP in achieving the objectives listed below. PSTAT will provide technical assistance focused on the emerging policy issue identified by the DPCP. Therefore, all developed products, tools and final advocacy plan will be related to the specified policy issue. It is anticipated that the DPCP will use the technical assistance recommendations to implement an appropriate policy response. A formative and impact evaluation will be conducted to determine effectiveness and impact of the PSTAT technical assistance process.
Objective 1: Engage stakeholders
DPCPs will identify and engage a diverse group of stakeholders to appropriately address a specific diabetes-related policy issue.
Objective 2: Help with policy assessment
DPCPs will conduct a policy assessment to determine the full impact of the proposed or pending diabetes-related policy or legislation.
Objective 3: Develop advocacy plan with timeline to address the diabetes-related policy issue
DPCPs will develop an advocacy plan based on recommendations from the PSTAT consultant team.
Objective 4: Develop tools, products and resources
DPCPs will develop at least one new or adapt at least one existing tool, product or resource to address the diabetes-related policy issue.
Objective 5: Implement advocacy plan
DPCPs will implement an advocacy plan strategy within three months of the PSTAT visit.
Objective 6: Evaluate impact
If you have any questions about PSTAT or would like additional information, please contact Marti Macchi, NACDD Senior Diabetes Council and PSTAT Consultant.