Diabetes Prevention Coaching in the Midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Dawn Menning, MS, RD, CDE   We all are living through unimaginable changes and challenges in our everyday life.  Who would have thought that the entire world would shut down and we would all need to keep isolated from loved ones, friends, and co-workers.   With that backdrop, Canary Coaches has continued to support and engage […]

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Canary Peers Announces Partnership with UCSF

This week Canary Peers announces our partnership with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).  UCSF  has received funding for a 5-year National Institutes of Health research study on caregivers utilizing our Building Better Caregivers® program as the study intervention program. The study is open to caregivers living in rural areas of the United States […]

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What Makes Peers, Peers – Meet Candii

What makes Canary Peers uniquely peers, are our workshop facilitators and mentors. Often when people learn about our programs, they can instantly tell we are using a different approach than most digital therapeutic services. That’s because all of our online workshops are facilitated or coached by workshop leaders who are living with a chronic condition […]

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We’re Hiring: Canary Health®DPP Consultant–Project Manager Role

Consultant Project Manager Canary Coaches’ New DPP program   Project background: Canary Health (www.canarycoaches.com), a leader in digital medicine and digital therapeutics, is upgrading its virtual type 2 Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Canary Health was an early pioneer in delivering the digital DPP (offered since 2008) and has achieved Full Recognition from the CDC for […]

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Introducing Canary Coaches

March 11, 2020 Release CANARY HEALTH® LAUNCHES CANARY COACHES Wholly Owned Business Unit Focused on Diabetes Coaching and Prevention Services   Los Angeles, CA – March 11, 2020 – Canary Health®, a leading digital health and digital therapeutics company, announced today the launch of its wholly owned, diabetes coaching and diabetes prevention focused business unit.  […]

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Better Choices Better Health® Provides Support During COVID-19 Pandemic

By Dawn Menning Lately, there has been a lot of discussion in our Better Choices, Better Health® (BCBH) workshops about COVID-19. Not surprisingly, in addition to the coronavirus directly increasing stress and anxiety levels, changes to normal life like orders to shelter in place have forced our participants to adjust their normal self-care habits.  We […]

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Just When Needed It Most, Community-based Organizations Forced to Cancel Peer Workshops

By Katy Plant In this newsletter and many other forums, we have shared the impact peer-driven self-management support has had to increase self-efficacy, reduce anxiety, and improve outcomes.  With COVID-19 both exacerbating fears of co-morbid conditions and creating its own challenges through shelter-at-home, this kind of support is needed now more than ever.  Unfortunately, in […]

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Digital Therapeutics in the United States

Digital therapeutics (DTx) deliver evidence-based therapeutic interventions to patients that are driven by high quality software programs to prevent, manage, or treat a medical disorder or disease. They are used independently or together with medications, devices, or other therapies to optimize patient care and health outcomes. DTx Alliance Digital Therapeutics in the United States is […]

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Understanding Why Participants Sign-up For BCBH

By Katy Plant   As we’ve discussed in the past, we’re committed to ensuring as great a user experience as we can for our program participants.  This means not only a rigorous process of user testing prior to launching new features, but a continuous process of reviewing feedback.  Recently, we reviewed the self-reported reasons participants […]

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Digital Therapeutics in Pediatric Behavioral Health — A unique opportunity to improve the standard of care and lifelong outcomes

 By Brent Vaughan, CEO and Co-Founder, Cognoa   We are experiencing a mental health crisis:one person in every four in the world will develop one or more behavioral conditions during their lifetime. Today in the U.S., one in five children have a diagnosable behavioral health disorder and only 21% of those children receive needed treatment. […]

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Peer-to-Peer Support Helps People Improve Their Chronic Condition Therapy Outcomes

The success of many therapies for chronic diseases depends in large part on the ability of patients to follow often-complicated self-care regimens. Patients face many challenges when attempting to implement these recommendations such as multiple co-morbidities, physical limitations, lack of resources, poor social support, lack of confidence or skills, and insufficient knowledge.  It is not […]

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Peer Support Programs: A Missing Piece and Perfect Complement to Population Health Strategies

Interview of Dr. Marcus Thygeson, M.D., M.P.H. by Adam Kaufman   As defined on Wikipedia: Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical help to each other. It commonly refers to an initiative consisting of trained supporters… and can take a number of forms such as peer mentoring, reflective listening (reflecting […]

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Universality of Self-Efficacy

Increasing self-efficacy – one’s capacity to identify actions that improve one’s life and the confidence to accomplish those actions – has been shown to:1 Accelerate health behavior change (e.g. healthy eating, medication adherence) Reduce depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders Diminish social isolation Improve system navigation and health program uptake   Importantly, the impact of self-efficacy […]

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Mastery Experiences Drive Self-Efficacy

Self-efficacy, or confidence as it is commonly known, is the optimistic self-belief in one’s competence or chances of successfully accomplishing a task and producing a favorable outcome. Self-efficacy is certainly worth having because as Henry Ford famously put it, “Whether you believe you can or you cannot, you are right.” Gandhi perfectly understood the central […]

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Story Snippets: Suzanne Continues her Passion for Supporting as a Better Choices, Better Health® Mentor

It’s the afternoon in Los Angeles and already the evening in Baltimore on Thursday, June 6th when I connect with Suzanne for our Slack call.   “It is 2009, and I am working full time for the Baltimore County Department of Aging and I have a part-time job in addition.  Being so busy I didn’t […]

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Age + Action Conference Summary

Neal had the opportunity to participate in the National Council on Aging’s Age + Action conference this June.  Age+Action is the premiere national conference focused on ensuring every person’s right to age with their best possible health and economic security. The event brought together 900+ professionals from across the country who are dedicated to making aging […]

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DC Health Provides BCBH Without Cost to District Residents

Sharing another partnership this month — Washington, DC Department of Health. Please help us spread the word.   DC Health is covering the costs for our Better Choices, Better Health®(BCBH) program for hundreds of district residents.  They are making the program available without cost to a limited number of Washington, DC residents. Interested participants can […]

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