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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

YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program 

Tackling diabetes in America is a team effort. The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program helps those at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight in order to reduce their chances of developing the disease. NACCHO encourages local health departments to refer participants to the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program to prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes. The YMCA and NACCHO are standing together to urge everyone to learn their risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Learn more here:


In the Spotlight

With more than 86 million Americans living with prediabetes and nearly 90 percent of them unaware of it, the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced that they have joined forces to take urgent action to Prevent Diabetes STAT and are urging others to join in this critical effort. 

Prevent Diabetes STAT: Screen, Test, Act - Today™, is a multi-year initiative that expands on the robust work each organization has already begun to reach more Americans with prediabetes and stop the progression to type 2 diabetes, one of the nation's most debilitating chronic diseases. Through this initiative, the AMA and CDC are sounding an alarm and shining a light on prediabetes as a critical and serious medical condition. More »


NACCHO Webcast Series: Unique Collaborations between LHDs and the YMCA

NACCHO's Chronic Disease team developed a webcast series on unique collaborations between local health departments and the YMCA to support its prediabetes and diabetes prevention and control efforts. The first webcast presents background information on the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program, the second webcast features the Florida Department of Health in Duval County and the third webcast provides a spotlight on the collaboration between the Cincinnati Health Department and the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.

  • Part I: Introduction to the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Part II: Spotlight on Florida Department of Health in Duval County
  • Part III: Spotlight on the Cincinnati Health Department and YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Collaboration
    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.

    Policy Considerations: Community Experience and National Policy to Reduce Diabetes Disparities

    The Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes has issued a set of health policy considerations based on the real-world experience of five local diabetes intervention programs. The policy considerations offer ideas for delivery system and health care financing reforms that could bring about significant reductions in health care disparities among people with diabetes.

    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.