Our program provides the following services and activities for Delaware residents:
There is a lack of awareness among the general public about the prevalence and seriousness of diabetes. In addition, the disease affects certain populations more than others. Some populations are more difficult to reach through the usual health care channels. Delaware's screening, education, and referral project focuses primarily on high-risk populations, but reaches the general population as well.
To locate a screening site or request one to be held in your community, please contact the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.
The Program sponsors diabetes and hypertension community blood screenings. These screenings place emphasis on two areas: 1) the early detection of hypertension, pre-diabetes, and diabetes through screening and education and 2) diabetes and/or hypertension management through testing, assessment, and follow-up referrals. Screening events are implemented for the general public, as well as specific events designed for high-risk populations.
Individuals identified with diabetes, pre-diabetes or high blood pressure are referred to their primary care provider. If participants do not have a primary care provider, they are given information about Federally Qualified Health Centers and community clinics most conveniently located for their needs.
The impact of the screening program is determined through administration of a participant questionnaire that measures actions taken to lower the risk of hypertension, diabetes, or diabetes complications—as well as adherence to screening recommendations for medical follow-up.
Goals of the screening project include:
The purpose of this Wellness Initiative is to address health disparities among high-risk populations by reducing non-compliance rates of certain diabetes tests and exams. This initiative targets underserved adults who live in Delaware's rent-assisted communities, either in their communities or at their places of employment. Health specialists are trained prior to the implementation of small on-site diabetes wellness expos. The training provides an overall review of the project and defines outcome objectives for the diabetes wellness expos.
This initiative targets non-compliant diabetics or adults with pre-diabetes, by offering on-site, diabetes-related screenings that have not previously been received by the selected audience. During the wellness expos, the contractor provides HbA1c, glucose, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and blood pressure screenings conducted by degreed and/or certified personnel. The contractor also provides nutrition and physical activity education. Nutrition and physical activity play an important role in the management and control of diabetes and hypertension. Participants receive educational materials produced by the National Diabetes Education Program. Follow-up calls are conducted to determine if appropriate actions are being taken.