About CDC's Division of
We translate diabetes research into daily practice to
- understand the impact of the disease.
- influence health outcomes.
- improve access to quality health care.
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Diabetes At A Glance
The Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) is a part of the National
Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The division has about
100 employees in Atlanta, Georgia, plus several public health advisors
in the field.
CDC has had a diabetes division since 1977. In 1989, the name of the
division was changed to Division of Diabetes Translation, meaning that
the division translates science into daily practice. In our applied
or "translation" research, we take information from clinical
trials and incorporate it into clinical and public health practices.
The division does not support the direct provision of services, but facilitates
the efficient, fair, and effective availability of these services to all
Americans affected by diabetes. The division does not do laboratory research
and does not routinely fund individual investigators.
To eliminate the preventable burden of diabetes through leadership, research,
programs, and policies that translate science into practice.
We are guided by the following 10 Essential Public
- Monitor health status to identify community health problems.
- Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the
- Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
- Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health
- Develop policies and plans that support individual and community
- health efforts.
- Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
- Link people to needed personal health services and assure the
- provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
- Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce.
- Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and
- population-based health services.
- Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health
The Division of Diabetes Translation's (DDT) goal is to reduce the burden
of diabetes in the United States. The division works to achieve this goal
by combining support for public health-oriented diabetes prevention and
control programs (DPCPs) and translating diabetes research findings into
widespread clinical and public health practice. The division's strategy
has these major components:
- Define the diabetes burdenpublic health surveillance:
The division continues to strengthen public health surveillance systems
for diabetes. Mainly, DDT works with states using the diabetes-specific
modules of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to
develop a nationwide, state-based surveillance system. The division
is also initiating diabetes surveillance systems within managed care
- Conduct applied translational research: The division conducts
applied research that focuses on translating research findings into
clinical and public health practice. This research identifies and details
the public health implications of results from clinical trials and scientific
studies and effectively and efficiently applies these findings in the
health care system. Areas of research include (1) access to quality
care for diabetes, especially within managed care organizations; (2)
early detection of undiagnosed diabetes; (3) cost effectiveness of diabetes
prevention and control activities; (4) effectiveness of health practices
to address risk factors for diabetes; and (5) demonstration of primary
prevention of type 2 diabetes.
- Develop state-based diabetes prevention and control programs (DPCPs):
The division provides funding for state-based DPCPs in all 50 states,
the District of Columbia, and eight U.S.-affiliated jurisdictions. Core
capacity-building activities emphasize developing state health
department expertise to plan, design, and coordinate diabetes control
activities. Sixteen DPCPs receive expanded funding to establish comprehensive
programs, so they can implement statewide, multilevel public health
approaches to reduce the burden of diabetes. The primary goal of the
state-based DPCPs is to improve access to affordable, high-quality diabetes
care and services, with priority on reaching high-risk and disproportionately
- Implement the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP): The
NDEP is a joint initiative sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It
is based on a partnership of public and private organizations that are
concerned about the health status of their constituents. The NDEP is
designed to improve treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes,
to promote early diagnosis, and to prevent the onset of diabetes. Program
activities are directed to these audiences: the general public; people
with diabetes and their families; health care providers; and payers
and purchasers of health care and policymakers.
- Coordinate media strategies and provide public information.
The division has expanded its capacity to meet a rapidly growing demand
for information about diabetes and CDC's programs. Through the following,
we have increased public awareness about diabetes and provided technical
assistance to our state partners: (1) national satellite media and marketing
training for partners and a national satellite broadcast; (2) national
diabetes/flu campaign; (3) public inquiries and publications request
sytem that includes a toll-free telephone number ( 1-800-CDC-INFO
1-888-232-6348 TTY ) that
is answered in English and Spanish; and (4) Internet site (about 1,000
How to contact CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation
For Public Inquiries & Publications
Phone: Toll free 1-800-CDC-INFO
1-888-232-6348 TTY (232-3422)
Phoenix, AZ 85080-3166
For Other Information
Division of Diabetes Translation
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
4770 Buford Highway NE, Mailstop K-10
Atlanta, GA 30341-3717
Phone: 770-488-5000; Fax: 770-488-5966
Page last reviewed: September 30, 2008
Page last modified: August 12, 2008
Content Source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division of Diabetes Translation