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Start a Diabetes Program

Fill the gap: Diabetes programs can be designed to address various gaps identified in diabetes care in your community—from raising awareness about diabetes among high-risk populations, to offering culturally relevant education about diabetes prevention, to providing patient support on diabetes self-management and strategies.

Customize your program: The kind of diabetes program you start will depend on an initial assessment of the community’s existing resources and needs—usually with the input of community leaders and residents. For example, programs can be tailored to address prevention among specific high-risk patient groups, or tailored to address self-management strategies among patients struggling with self-care.

Plan your program: Once you have determined the type of diabetes program you would like to start, take these initial steps before launching:

  • Determine the structure of the program
  • Identify who will lead and staff the program
  • Choose where the program will be housed
  • Decide whether specific healthcare services will be provided
  • Identify what type of community events or outreach will be included
  • Select the appropriate educational materials and messages to share with your targeted patient population

Connect with peers: Reach out to any existing programs in the community to share insights or form a partnership to provide services. Contact other Nurse Practitioners who have started a Diabetes Program in their community to gain additional guidance.

Access materials and support: A range of community program resources, as well as a searchable directory of recognized diabetes education programs, can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The American Association of Diabetes Educators website also offers program guidance and practice standards.

Measure success: Determine how to evaluate the success of your program over time. Use the results of your evaluation to drive changes that help improve patient education, care, and outcomes.

* “Certified Diabetes Educator” and “CDE” are certification marks owned and registered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators, or NCBDE. NCBDE is not affiliated in any way with Sanofi US. NCBDE does not sponsor or endorse any diabetes-related products or services.