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Journal Article

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American Journal of Preventive Medicine


Volume 39, Issue 3

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Community Health Services--organization & administration; Diabetes Mellitus--prevention & control; Primary Prevention--methods; Safety Net; Obesity


Background: In 2005, CDC began the Diabetes Primary Prevention Initiative Interventions Focus Area (DPPI-IFA), which funded fıve state Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs (DPCPs) to translate diabetes primary prevention trials into real-world settings by developing and implementing a framework for state-level diabetes primary prevention.

Purpose: The purpose of this case study, conducted in 2007, was to describe DPPI-IFA implementation, including facilitators and challenges to the initiative. Methods: Case studies of the fıve DPCPs in the DPPI-IFA involving site visits with key informant interviews of state staff and partners and archival record collection.

Results: Partners recruited for DPPI-IFA activities included local or state public health agencies (three of fıve DPCPs); regional or state nonprofıt organizations (fıve DPCPs); businesses or employers (three DPCPs); and healthcare organizations (four DPCPs). The DPCPs implemented a variety of interventions in three main domains: diabetes primary prevention and prediabetes awareness, screening activities and lifestyle interventions, and prediabetes-related health policy efforts. Preliminary outcomes are described at the individual and organization/partnership levels. Results suggest the importance of utilizing preexisting partnerships to extend work into diabetes prevention, providing even small amounts of funding to partners, and prior program planning for diabetes prevention. Challenges for the DPPI-IFA included recruiting participants, establishing links with providers to obtain diagnostic testing for people screened for prediabetes, and offering a lifestyle intervention.

Conclusions: The DPPI-IFA represents a unique effort by state public health programs in the translation of diabetes primary prevention trials into real-world settings. The experiences of the DPPI-IFA programs offer valuable lessons for future community-based diabetes prevention initiatives, especially regarding the need to strengthen clinical–community partnerships for referral of people with prediabetes to evidence-based lifestyle programs.

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