Diabetes: A National Plan for Action. Communities and Local Health Departments


Community organizations and local health departments can play an important role in diabetes education and detection. Various local organizations (e.g., federally supported health centers, the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association, faith-based organizations, etc.) along with the local health department may be valuable resources to help develop and/or distribute information on the importance of early diabetes detection and the risk factors for and signs and symptoms of diabetes. Some action steps for community organizations include:

  • Encourage local organizations to disseminate information, such as copies of diabetes risk assessment tests, through their various communication channels. Examples of potential partnerships include vendors placing diabetes information on shopping bags; local utility companies including inserts into mailings; and churches, synagogues, and other faith-based organizations placing diabetes risk assessment tests in their newsletters, bulletins, or other mailings.
  • Organize outreach sessions at community venues such as libraries that can provide space, equipment, and other resources for community-wide presentations on diabetes detection, including risk factors, signs and symptoms, and action steps for individuals who think they might have the disease.
  • Develop a directory of community resources for diabetes screening, testing, and treatment that can be distributed to people at high risk for diabetes.

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