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Diabetes Programs


Diabetes is a disease in which the body either doesn't produce enough insulin or can't use its insulin as well as it should, resulting in above-normal blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes, the most common form, can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular physical activity. People with diabetes can avoid or delay complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and premature death by ongoing management of the disease. NACDD leads and supports evidence-based approaches to both prevent the development of type 2 diabetes and prevent diabetes complications.

NACDD has long-standing, trusted relationships with CDC and State Health Departments and established partnerships with national organizations including the American Medical Association, American Association of Diabetes Educators, Leavitt Partners, and the Diabetes Advocacy Alliance. NACDD has the experience and know-how to bring these groups together to work in coordination and maximize results.

For more information:

  • Contact Ann Forburger to learn more about the NACDD Diabetes practice area and the many ways you can participate in NACDD diabetes prevention and control activities.

  • To receive The Connector, a newsletter highlighting collaborations with national, state, and local partners to advance diabetes prevention and control, contact Susan Lopez-Payan.

NACDD Action on Diabetes

NACDD and CDC collaborated to develop a partner engagement approach to help expand the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP). The purpose of the NACDD/CDC State Engagement Model is to enhance stakeholder engagement to catalyze commitment and action. Use of the model results in coordinated and collective action among diverse stakeholders rather than activities done in silos.

NACDD has assisted 35 states to plan and host state engagement meetings to develop and implement an action plan to increase the uptake of the National DPP lifestyle change program.

NACDD works with states separately to plan and host a state engagement meeting and helps State Health Departments recruit key partners to develop and implement an action plan to increase the uptake of the National DPP and lifestyle change program. NACDD introduced, refined, and implemented the model in 35 states between 2012 and 2018. Learn more in the National DPP State Engagement Model Collective Impact Report. (Or read the Executive Brief.)

Read the 2018 National DPP State Engagement Model Collective Impact Report.

NACDD consultants facilitate communities of practice sessions focused on topics that address the needs of State Health Departments. This is an opportunity for peers across the US to discuss challenges and opportunities on diabetes-related topics. A recent topic focused on how to increase utilization of Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES).

Read the Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support guide.

NACDD is one of 10 organizations to receive CDC funding (1705) for a five-year effort focused on scaling the National Diabetes Prevention Program in Underserved Areas. NACDD is working with four states and four national partners to increase the number of CDC-recognized organizations; increase the number of health systems implementing a screening, testing, and referral process; and implement communications, awareness, and retention strategies. NACDD’s efforts focus on populations at high risk for type 2 diabetes with a special emphasis on people with disabilities.

1705 Success Stories

Increasing Coverage for the National DPP

NACDD’s Medicaid Coverage for the National DPP Demonstration Project is showing how state Medicaid agencies and State Health Departments can collaborate to implement and deliver a sustainable coverage model for the National DPP. In collaboration with CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation, NACDD launched the online National DPP Coverage Toolkit, a resource to help states and organizations navigate the potential complexities of offering the program as a covered health benefit. NACDD also provides individual and group-based technical assistance to eight states that selected coverage of the National DPP as a focus in the CDC 6|18 Initiative.

Learn more about NACDD’s work on Medicaid coverage for the National DPP Demonstration Project.
Learn how NACDD coordinates with CDC’s 6|18 initiative to provide technical assistance on Medicaid coverage of the National DPP.
Visit the National DPP Coverage Toolkit, a resource helping states and organizations navigate the potential complexities of offering the program as a covered health benefit, Coverage Toolkit.

Diabetes Council

Through NACDD’s Diabetes Council, which is open to staff working in diabetes in State Health Departments, NACDD offers leadership opportunities and professional development, peer learning and networking, travel education scholarships, and capacity building. NACDD works closely with elected leaders and provides guidance, oversight, and support for all aspects of the Council. The Diabetes Council serves as the collective voice on emerging issues impacting their work. Leaders of the Council identify and discuss issues impacting members and work collaboratively to develop practical solutions.

To learn more about the Diabetes Council, contact Ann Forburger.

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