Diabetes is a prominent portfolio of work at NACDD with multiple projects to support State Health Departments in their diabetes prevention and management work.

Diabetes NACDDDiabetes is a disease in which the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or can’t use its insulin as well as it should, resulting in above-normal blood sugar levels. Type 2 diabetes, the most common form, can be prevented or delayed by maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular physical activity.

People with diabetes can avoid or delay complications including heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and premature death by ongoing management of the disease.

The Diabetes Portfolio of work at NACDD encompasses multiple projects involving many subject matter experts that support State Health Departments and multi-sector partners in their CDC-funded diabetes prevention and management work.

Contact the Diabetes Portfolio Lead

Contact Ann Forburger at nacdd.diabetes@chronicdisease.org to learn more about the NACDD diabetes portfolio of work and how you can partner with NACDD.




NACDD Action on Diabetes

NACDD has worked with CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation for over 30 years to support national and state efforts to prevent and manage diabetes and its complications. The Diabetes Council was the first diabetes-related project implemented by NACDD. Currently, NACDD leads and manages multiple projects to expand, build sustainability, and increase access, enrollment, and completion for both the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) and diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) services. NACDD works collaboratively with CDC, State Health Departments, and many national and state-level partners to help them strategically expand partnerships, build capacity to address state and national objectives, and advance health equity.

NACDD’s Added Value



NACDD works closely with CDC to provide technical assistance and support for staff in all State Health Departments, the District of Columbia, territories, and some local health jurisdictions. NACDD provides subject matter expertise in diabetes prevention and management including how to work with Medicaid, commercial payers, and public and private employers to promote coverage and utilization of the National DPP and DSMES services. NACDD supports State Health Department staff through consultation, facilitation, strategy support, planning, peer mentoring and learning opportunities, leadership development, training, and education.







Using a State Engagement Model developed with CDC, NACDD has worked with more than 40 State Health Departments, engaging key partners in each state to develop a diabetes prevention action plan and a commitment to support its implementation. This 12 to 18 month process of strategic consultation and support services is customized for each state. Learn more in the National DPP State Engagement Model Collective Impact Report and Executive Brief.





The long-standing Diabetes Council is made up of more than 250 staff from State Health Departments working in diabetes prevention and management. NACDD serves as a connector, facilitator, and guide for the Executive Team and Leadership Group that oversee the Diabetes Council and its activities.







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