Type 2 Diabetes Screening & Education Program

Brief Description
Approximately 20 million Americans have type 2 diabetes and 54 million have pre-diabetes . Among Los Angeles County residents, between 1990 and 2000, deaths from diabetes increased 53% . In 2005, four members of the Los Angeles Chronic Disease Management Consortium (CDMC) collaborated to create the Type 2 Diabetes Screening and Education Program (Diabetes Program). This program works to increase early identification of diabetes, promote behavioral changes that prevent its development and provide disease management education and support to participants. This community-based education project includes extensive outreach and screening efforts, prevention workshops for individuals at risk of developing diabetes, and intervention workshops for those diagnosed with diabetes. All components of the Diabetes Program draw upon existing authoritative materials and resources to provide culturally appropriate health information and education to participants. The program is currently being implemented at Huntington Hospital, St. Francis Hospital Medical Center, California Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital.

Measured or Anticipated Outcomes
  • In the prevention workshops piloted by the CDMC, more than 27% of participants lost weight and 36% reported increasing their knowledge about healthy eating.
  • In the intervention workshops, 65% of participants reported increased confidence in managing their diabetes and at program follow-up 60% of participants had hemoglobin A1c rates below the 7% cut off target, an indicator of controlled diabetes.

Policy Implications
  • Demonstrate the successful implementation of best practices for delivering diabetes education and self-management techniques to diverse communities.
  • Disseminate effective techniques for the implementation a successful hospital-based collaborative model to deliver diabetes education and management programming to communities that can be replicated by other hospitals and medical facilities.

Funding for this program was generously provided by the Good Hope Medical Foundation.

Key Partners
California Hospital Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Huntington Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.

For more information, please contact Mia Arias, Program Director at Marias@nhfca.org