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CDC Resources for Engaging Pharmacists

Tuesday, November 14, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Peggy Yen

CDC has numerous resources to support pharmacists in their efforts to work with patients to prevent and manage diabetes.  Emerging Practices in Diabetes Prevention and Control: Working with Pharmacists examines the role of pharmacists in chronic disease management and highlights examples from three 1305 grantees -- Colorado, Iowa, and Ohio.

Another resource is the forthcoming action guide designed for community pharmacists and members of the pharmacy workforce. The guide describes three ways pharmacists can engage in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) and will be available early in 2018. “Pharmacists can reach underserved, high risk populations in their own communities. The action guide is a tool for pharmacists as they explore opportunities to embark on type 2 diabetes prevention efforts. State health departments and their partners can also use the guide as they look for opportunities to interact with and support the pharmacy workforce,” said Robert Montierth, PharmD, a Project Officer with the Division of Diabetes Translation.

The guide offers information on how pharmacists can

  1. Help their patients learn more about prediabetes and the National DPP;
  2. Screen, test, and refer patients with prediabetes to a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program; and
  3. Apply for CDC recognition to offer the National DPP lifestyle change program within their own practice sites.

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