For Healthcare Professionals:
The Connecticut Diabetes Prevention and Control Plan
Connecticut Diabetes Data
Ongoing Diabetes Prevention Control Program Projects
Diabetes State Plan
The creation of a diabetes prevention and control state plan involved the input from seventy-three partners from various sectors of the diabetes care system. The goal was to develop a coordinated approach to diabetes in Connecticut. The organizations represented came from community based organizations, schools, professional organizations, health care, diabetes education, managed care, community health centers and others.
Five workgroups including diabetes prevention, disease management, education/awareness, access/policy and surveillance were formed. The groups, under the direction of the executive committee, were able to reach consensus on problems facing the diabetes care system and strategies to address these problems. One issue identified in the planning process is a lack of funding for diabetes prevention and care. Therefore, new funding sources are being pursued to support the implementation phase.
State Diabetes Plan Updates: 2008 2009 2010
Expected impact: The plan represents a coordinated effort of diabetes organizations in the state. It will demonstrate to the legislature and to foundations the need for diabetes funding to accomplish the strategies laid out in the plan.
Expected outcomes: The plan will result in a more coordinated system of diabetes care throughout the state with organizations partnering together to accomplish the objectives.
Annual diabetes professional education conference
The Connecticut Diabetes Review and Update is offered annually at a nominal fee to nurses, dietitians and other health care professionals working in hospitals, schools, local health departments and community based organizations. Between 2005-09, approximately 450 people attended. The course is conducted by endocrinologists and diabetes educators. Didactic and skill building sessions are included. Continuing education credits are provided.
Diabetes Update Program 2012
Impact: Evaluations have shown that more than 75% of attendees found the conference improved their knowledge of best practices for the prevention and control of diabetes and 80% of these are confident they could implement these practices.
Expected outcomes: The skill level for practitioners teaching and treating people with diabetes has been improved across the state for those who attended the conference.
Medical Assistant Diabetes Training Program
A free four hour program which provides training on diabetes to medical assistants is available, depending on current funding, at no charge. This program presents an overview of diabetes, promotes diabetes self management education (DSME) and enhances the role the medical assistant can play in the care of patients with diabetes.
Expected impact: Medical assistants will serve as advocates to enhance the likelihood of the patient's enrollment in diabetes self-management education classes or patient education on their own through print materials and web based education materials.
Expected outcome: Increasing patient knowledge through DSME can have positive effects on frequency/accuracy of self monitoring of blood glucose, self reported dietary habits and glycemic control, especially in the short term. (Norris et al Effectiveness of self-management training in type 2 diabetes: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Diabetes Care. 2001;24 (3) 561-87.
Partners in Prevention Newsletter
A diabetes newsletter consisting of articles from partners around the state is published quarterly. Articles include epidemiology topics and descriptions of programs being implemented around the state. An evaluation of the newsletter found that subscribers read each publication regularly. Articles for submission are encouraged. All articles are reviewed by the Department of Public Health editorial board. Partners and Prevention Newsletters
Impact: Partners in the diabetes public health system are kept abreast of programs and initiatives across the state.
Expected outcomes: Partners are able to share resources and decrease duplication of efforts.
Diabetes Awareness and Education Materials
The National Diabetes Education Program can provide bulk copies, patient education materials in a variety of languages for your patients. To obtain copies contact www.ndep.nih.gov
Low literacy materials are available to download at www.learningaboutdiabetes.org
The Connecticut Department of Public Health has developed diabetes low literacy materials.
For more information
Smoking Cessation Assistance for Patients - CT Quitline
Referrals to Diabetes Self-Management Education
Several studies have demonstrated the effectiveness and cost savings of diabetes self-management education. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes self-management education (DSME) is a critical element of care for all people with diabetes and is necessary in order to improve patient outcomes. Receiving diabetes self-management education has been shown to be positively associated with higher levels of comprehensive diabetes clinical care which in turn can help prevent the costly complications of diabetes. (1) Other studies have shown costs can be reduced by referrals to DSME, specifically in disadvantaged areas. (2) Currently CT based insurances and the Medicare program cover DSME.
1. Johnson, et.al. Association between Self-Management Education and Comprehensive Diabetes Clinical Care. Diabetes Spectrum, winter 2010, 41-46.
2. Duncan, et al. Assessing the Value of Diabetes Education. The Diabetes Educator 35(5) 752-760.
For a list of Connecticut ADA Recognized Education Centers
Other Diabetes Prevention Control Program (DPCP) Projects
The Diabetes Prevention and Control program works closely with partners from the Aging Services Division of the Department of Social Services to coordinate the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management program. This six week class is available in English and Spanish and is appropriate for patients with diabetes, (as well as a variety of other chronic diseases). It is intended to enhance, not replace diabetes self-management education. For more information:
The DPCP also is involved with the following projects (2010):
Work with Community Health Centers on quality improvement efforts.
Healthy Interactions Diabetes Conversation map grant from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.
Participation in the development of Connecticut's plan for Heart Healthy, Smoke Free and Physically Fit Communities.
National Agencies and Organizations:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Includes basic information on diabetes as well as extensive statistics on the disease.
National Diabetes Education Program - Provides a variety of diabetes materials for consumers and professionals. Consumer information is provided in a variety of languages.