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About Delaware's Diabetes and Heart Disease
Prevention and Control Programs


 

What We Do

Our program provides the following services and activities for Delaware residents:

  • Implement programs to control the ABCs: A1c blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol;
  • Support programs using evidence-based best and promising practices;
  • Build strong partnerships with health and community organizations across Delaware, state agencies, and national diabetes and heart health organizations;
  • Promote integrated health systems to maximize support of all people with or at risk of diabetes and heart disease;
  • Provide primary prevention programs for people with pre-diabetes;
  • Provide equitable and culturally appropriate approaches to promote diabetes and heart disease prevention among racial, ethnic, and other priority populations;
  • Promote the use of and adherence to treatment guidelines for diabetes;
  • Provide training and technical support to health professionals;
  • Promote medication adherence;
  • Support blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol control; and vaccinations;
  • Provide speakers, programs, products, and educational materials for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes, heart disease, or who are at risk of developing these diseases;
  • Provide nutritional education programs for people with, or at risk for, chronic health conditions, and for care givers and health professionals;
  • Promote the use of Electronic Health Records for early identification and to improve the quality of health for patients with uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension;
  • Promote early detection and diagnosis of diabetes and hypertension in clinical settings;
  • Conduct public awareness campaigns focusing on prevention or control of diabetes and hypertension, and their complications;
  • Support community screenings for diabetes, pre-diabetes and/or hypertension; and
  • Collect and disseminate data on the burden of diabetes and heart disease in Delaware.

Mobile Diabetes and Hypertension Wellness Initiative

The purpose of this initiative is to identify individuals at high risk for hypertension (high blood pressure) and/or diabetes within the worksite setting. The Initiative works to educate them on the importance of disease management and to increase their utilization of standard preventive exams and/or tests. We target companies that employ between 100 – 500 employees and currently have few or no formal health promotion initiatives in place.

The initiative is designed to include facilities in all three counties in the state. Any participating employee with “abnormal” results from the screening is referred to their healthcare provider according to the protocol agreed on with company representatives. Many of the onsite activity stations include interactive displays and or suggested activities, in addition to handouts and other resources. Educational health materials are available at all tables, including materials and messages from the National Diabetes Education Program.

 

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