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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

CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program 

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. 

NACCHO Seeking National Diabetes Prevention Program Success Stories 

Through collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO strives to facilitate implementation of programs to prevent or delay Type 2 Diabetes among people with pre-diabetes in the United States. As part of this initiative, NACCHO is highlighting local health departments (LHDs) that have achieved National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) recognition through the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP). 

NACCHO is encouraging LHDs that have achieved DPRP recognition to submit success stories. LHDs submitting success stories may have their outcomes featured in NACCHO communications distributed across the NACCHO membership network.  

For more information about how to submit a success story, contact Brandie Adams, NACCHO senior analyst at  

In the Spotlight
Eliminating Diabetes Disparities:  From Research to Practice

lawNACCHO encourages local health departments to accelerate the translation of research findings about effective diabetes prevention and control approaches into clinical and public health practice through implementation and dissemination within populations experiencing diabetes disparities. This page is devoted to helping LHDs translate effective diabetes prevention and control strategies into practice by providing up-to-date information on the latest research in translation and dissemination and tips/tools for dealing with related challenges. 

Translation and Dissemination of Effective Diabetes Prevention and Control Strategies: What Does it Mean? 

To end diabetes-related disparities via translation and dissemination of effective diabetes approaches, local health departments should carry out four steps: 1) learn what the research shows are effective approaches; 2) carry out targeted communication to spread the word about effective programs, policies, and research in communities at highest risk; 3) collaborate with communities to plan and evaluate strategic activities to put new knowledge into practice;and 4) support communities in moving new knowledge about effective diabetes prevention and control strategies into common use.    

Effective Approaches for Diabetes Prevention and Control

There are a number of resources available to help familiarize local health departments with effective diabetes prevention and control approaches. NACCHO recommends Local Health Departments visit the links below to become familiar with the latest in translation and dissemination research on eliminating diabetes disparities in priority populations. Priorities for the translation and dissemination of effective diabetes prevention and control approaches include primary prevention and surveillance, evidence-based programs that reduce diabetes risk factors, early detection, and access to quality care and self-management programs for those diagnosed with diabetes.  

med journalDiabetes Health Disparities: A Systematic Review of Health Care Interventions 

This peer reviewed article published in the Medical Care Research and Review summarizes evidence supporting the use of interventions that target diabetes patients in healthcare settings view health system interventions.  


Centers for Diabetes Translation Research (CDTR) 

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases support Centers for Diabetes Translation Research that focus on enhancing diabetes type II translation research. Learn more about the CDTRs and their latest research here

The Community Guide 

The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource made available by the CDC to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Systematic reviews are used to determine which program policy interventions have been proven effective, how much they might cost, and what communities they fit best. Click here to view The Community Guide's Evidence-Based Recommendations for Diabetes Prevention and Control.  


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

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.


Get the Word Out! NDEP Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk for Diabetes 

NDEP has published a set of 10 clinically useful principles that highlight areas of agreement for diabetes care in diabetes management and prevention. The result of a major collaborative effort between federal agencies and professional organizations, this resource is intended to assist with identification and management of the disease, self-management support for patients, physical activity and blood glucose control, among other topics. You can view or download Guiding Principles here.

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.