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NACCHO aims to maximize local health department (LHD) capacity to prevent and control type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases among priority populations who experience racial/ethnic or socioeconomic disparities.In line with this aim, NACCHO provides technical assistance and support to LHDs to implement the following activities:

  • Expand implementation of evidence-based policies and programs that prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, promote early diagnosis, and improve treatment outcomes for priority and special populations diagnosed with or at risk for diabetes.
  • Facilitate activities to integrate chronic disease prevention activities in local health departments
  • Carry out decision-making and planning efforts focused on the integration of technology into data collection activities for identifying and referring priority populations affected by diabetes and other chronic diseases to appropriate evidence-based supports, programs, and services
  • Increase LHD capacity to bill public and private third-party insurers for provision of diabetes screenings and delivery of diabetes self-management programs


Promising Innovations to Address Diabetes in Vulnerable Populations: Local Solutions With National Implications   

Thursday, November 6, 2014 12:00 –1:00 PM EST   

Strategies to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities in diabetes are most effective when approached at multiple levels and informed by the "on-the-ground" experience of patients and providers. In order to create and sustain the most promising efforts, initiatives must take into account policy, systems and environmental factors. The Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes' five health care delivery sites implemented a multi-level approach to improve disease management in low-income, medically underserved communities and uncovered several necessary components to a successful initiative that leads to improved health outcomes. These components include collaboration, patient empowerment, care coordination, increased care access, policy change and overcoming challenges in the communities where patients live and manage their disease.

Panelists will include:

  • Leonard Jack, Jr., PhD, MSc, Director, Division of Community Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;Coeditor of the Health Promotion Practice supplement issue and former National Advisory Board member for the Alliance (Moderator)
  • Monica Peek, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Section of General Internal Medicine;Associate Director, Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, University of Chicago
  • Martha Quinn, MPH, Senior Policy Research Specialist, Center for Managing Chronic Disease, University of Michigan
  • Megan Lewis, PhD, Director, Patient &Family Engagement Research Program Center for Communication Science, RTI International

 To register for the webinar, click here

Marketing of Chronic Disease & Diabetes Self-Management/Prevention Programs

This webinar features representatives from two health departments and their unique practice-based successes on conducting provider outreach to generate referrals to the CDSMP/DSMP workshops in their jurisdiction. The goal of this webinar was to help participants improve their awareness of strategies in engaging providers in the referral of patients to CDSMP/DSMP by using the CDC 123 Provider Outreach approach. 


  • Joan Webster, former NACCHO CDSMP grantee –Director of Public Health and Social Services for Grays Harbor County, Washington
  • Robert L. Wines - Program Director for the Community Transformation Partnership Office of Community Health Systems and Health Promotion, West Virginia State Department of Health

Click here to access the recording

In the Spotlight

NACCHO encourages local health departments (LHDs) to link at risk-individuals with the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing type 2 diabetes. NDPP has been proven to help diagnosed pre-diabetics cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. NDPP participants work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a one year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (usually one per week) and six post-core sessions (one per month).The program teaches participants strategies for incorporating physical activity into daily life and eating healthy. Find out if the program is offered in your community. More »


National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has just released the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014 to provide up-to-date scientific data and statistics on diabetes and its burden in the United States. Formerly referred to as the National Diabetes Fact Sheet, this consensus document is written for a scientific audience. Click here to review the report

The Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center (DTTAC)

Emory University’s DTTAC helps public health practitioners develop skills for implementing evidence-based Diabetes prevention and management programs. Learn about DTTAC’s new Lifestyle Coach training program here.

New Resource: An Action Guide for Establishing a Community-Based DSME Program

The Partnership for Prevention, through CDC funding, developed a new resource: “Establishing a Community-Based DSME Program for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes to Improve Glycemic Control: An Action Guide”. This guidance document provides local health departments with information and resources to develop a new DSME program.

Share Successful Tools

NACCHO is looking for diabetes control and prevention tools for our Toolbox, a free, online collection of local public health resources produced by members of the public health community. Examples of tools include presentations, fact sheets, drills, evaluations, protocols, templates, reports, case examples, or training materials. To submit a tool, please contact the Chronic Disease team.