Improving Diabetes Prevention Services

Training and Support for Diabetes Prevention Professionals

Well-Ahead Louisiana has partnered with Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC) at Emory University. ECHO functions on a “hub and spoke” model with an interdisciplinary, team-based approach. For this Lifestyle Coach ECHO, DTTAC will serve as the “hub” of specialists.

The scheduled ECHO clinics function like virtual grand rounds, combined with mentoring and patient case presentations. During each session, a spoke sites will present patient cases and participants will discuss and help determine the best way to support the National Diabetes Prevention Program participant. The subject matter experts at DTTAC will serve as mentors and colleagues, sharing their knowledge and expertise with participants, and also present educational presentations during each session.

Sessions are held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. CST on the second Wednesday of each month. Participants must register to attend the monthly sessions! Once you have registered, a Well-Ahead team member will reach out to you with more information.

Note: Multiple lifestyle coaches at the same location will need to register individually.

What to Expect

Once registered, here is what you can expect attending a monthly session:

  • Introduce hub and spoke teams
  • Lifestyle Coach presentation of de-identified National DPP participant case
    • The purpose of this case presentation is to identify a lifestyle change program participant that is experiencing a particular barrier interfering with their engagement, retention, or progress toward program goals, etc. As a presenter, you will be asked to provide background information on this participant and to highlight your primary concern with this participant in order to receive recommendations from your peers to help you improve as a lifestyle coach while supporting your participant through the program.
  • Ask clarifying questions to case presenter
  • Provide recommendations on how to best support National DPP participant
  • Advanced Lifestyle Coach training presented by DTTAC
  • Allotted time for questions
  • Announcements and wrap up

Download the Lifestyle Coach ECHO Participant Guide to learn more.

2023 Lifestyle Coach ECHO Schedule

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Lifestyle Coach ECHO Sessions

Meet the Hub Team

  • Taunya Williams, MHA

    Taunya Williams, MHA is the Healthcare Innovation Manager at Well-Ahead Louisiana. In this role, she serves as the lead for the Telehealth and Project ECHO initiatives within the Bureau and a TexLa Telehealth Resource Center liaison for Louisiana. Taunya has worked in healthcare for over seven years, serving in a variety of roles including clinical administration, revenue recovery, and hospital services coordination. Taunya holds both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration.

  • Kris Fanelli, MPH

    Kris Fanelli has 10 years of experience in public health, primarily managing chronic disease prevention and management programs. They have worked in a variety of settings including non-profits and managed care organizations. Kris previously worked as the Director of Community Integrated Health at the YMCA of Greater Louisville. There they managed, trained, and facilitated evidence-based programs focused on hypertension, childhood obesity, and prediabetes, including the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.

    Kris earned their Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Louisville and their Master of Public Health from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. In their free time, they love to explore new places, hike in the forest, walk in the surf, listen to music, and create with pens and watercolors.

  • Sarah Piper, MPH, CDCES

    Sarah Piper is an Associate Director of Programs at the Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance where she directs the activities of DTTAC. Sarah develops and facilitates DTTAC’s in person and virtual trainings and manages a cadre of DTTAC’s national Master trainers. As DTTAC’s leading subject matter expert on the National DPP, Sarah provides strategic guidance to DTTAC and aids states, organizations and Lifestyle Coaches around the country. Sarah enjoys working with teams and loves creating engaging and fun learning experiences. Sarah also serves as a lifestyle coach for Emory University’s delivery of the National DPP Lifestyle Change Program.

  • Reyna Sparks, MPH, CHES

    Reyna Sparks is a Communication Coordinator for the Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center at Emory Centers for Public Health Training and Technical Assistance. In her role, Reyna supports marketing and health communication efforts, manages client relationships and deliverables, and provides strategic guidance for the clients of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Reyna has prior experience in mixed-methods research and sexual and reproductive health education. Reyna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion and Education, a Master’s degree in Public Health, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.

  • Tammy Son

    Tammy Son is the Diabetes Education Grant Manager at Well-Ahead Louisiana. In this role, she serves as the Diabetes Prevention and Education grant lead as well as one of two of Louisiana’s DSMES State Specialists, who serves as a subject matter expert on DSMES for state development and program implementation. Tammy served as an educator for 17 years and most recently held roles as an AmeriCorps Program Officer and Director with one of the local non-profit organizations. In these roles, she excelled at building relationships with key stakeholders and providing training and technical assistance for the effective and efficient implementation of program strategies and initiatives. Tammy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology Pre-Medicine.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Louisiana Department of Health Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthcare Access and Project ECHO. Project ECHO® is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Commission on the Dietetic Registration: This activity is approved for 1.5 CPEUs for Registered Dieticians (RDs) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTRs).

Disclosure Statement:

Project ECHO®, in compliance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, requires that anyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships they have had within the last 24 months with an ineligible company.

None of the planners and presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

  • Taunya Williams, MHA
  • Reyna Sparks, MPH, CHES
  • Sarah Piper, MPH, CDCES
  • Rachel Marquez, MPH
  • Tammy Son

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