Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Projects
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.
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. The plan will result in a more coordinated system of diabetes care throughout the state with organizations partnering together to accomplish the objectives.
The Connecticut Diabetes Review and Update is an annual education conference offered to nurses, dietitians, and other health care professionals working in hospitals, schools, local health departments, and community based organizations. Almost 350 healthcare professionals have been trained since 2005. The course is conducted by endocrinologists, pharmacists, certified diabetes educators, exercise specialists, and counselors. Didactic and skill building sessions are included. Continuing education credits are provided.
Evaluations have shown that more than three quarters of attendees found the conference improved their knowledge of best practices for the prevention and control of diabetes, and most were confident they could implement these practices. The skill level for practitioners teaching and treating diabetes has been improved across the state for those who attended the conference.