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National Diabetes Education Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Return to Top of Page Does NDEP provide clinical service?

No, NDEP does not provide clinical services for people with diabetes. It does create and disseminate educational resources on diagnosing diabetes and reducing risks associated with it, as well as materials for health care providers who treat people with diabetes.

Return to Top of Page Does NDEP conduct scientific research?

No. NDEP does not conduct clinical trials or research. NDEP is a public health education program. Our mission uses scientific research to improve the treatment and outcomes of people with diabetes, to promote early diagnosis, and prevents the onset of this disease. We accomplish this through a multistrategy approach that includes awareness campaigns; culturally and linguistically appropriate messages and delivery channels (special populations); community-based diabetes interventions; health systems improvements; and an inclusive partnership network.

Return to Top of Page How can I find more information about becoming an NDEP partner?

For information about NDEP, visit our partnership page.

Return to Top of Page Does the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) provide funding for diabetes education programs?

 No. NDEP funds several National Organizations (NOs) through a competitive cooperative agreement process.  These NOs may offer small grants to community based groups to implement diabetes program.  More information on the NDEP-funded NOs can be found at General funding opportunities from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies can be found at

Return to Top of Page Does the NDEP Web site list funding opportunities and funding resources?

No.  However, most NDEP materials list informational resources that may contain information on funding opportunities.

Return to Top of Page Does NDEP provide clinical services or medical advice to people with diabetes?

We provide general information and links to other resources, but cannot offer personal medical advice or direct medical services. We recommend that you seek advice from your personal health care professional. CDC partially funds diabetes prevention and control programs in each state. To find your state’s program go to, and select “state-based programs.”  Next, click on your state. They may be able to provide information on state and local resources.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funds primary health care centers in each state. To find a center in your area, go to or call 1-800-ASK-HRSA.

The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) website can help you find a certified diabetes educator in your area through its search function.

The AADE Web site is*

Find a diabetes educator at*

Return to Top of Page Does NDEP provide money for research on diabetes?

No.  Diabetes research is funded through the NIH.  Funding opportunities are listed online at

Return to Top of Page How do I become an NDEP partner?

You can sign up on the NDEP Web site at

Return to Top of Page How do I partner with NDEP?

You can partner as an individual or as an organization. As an individual you can download or order NDEP materials and use them in educating people or community outreach. If your organization wants to partner more closely with NDEP, you can obtain printer-ready files for NDEP products, add your organizational logo, print and disseminate these materials. You can link your Web site to this site and to the NDEP products Web site*. NDEP News & Notes, NDEP's monthly e-newsletter, is designed to keep you informed about our activities and help you identify opportunities to incorporate our messages, products, and activities into your programs. If you would like to receive News & Notes every month, please contact us and ask to be added to our subscriber list.

Return to Top of Page What is an NDEP Partner?

Anyone interested in spreading NDEP’s message can be an NDEP Partner. NDEP partners are individuals or organizations that understand the importance of being aware of new diabetes control interventions and successes. Partners help disseminate key messages to support diabetes control, and also have access to various NDEP educational resources and tools for the media, community, business, health care professionals, and people with diabetes. If your organization is interested in becoming a NDEP work group member, contact NDEP at

Return to Top of Page How do I become an NDEP work group member?

All NDEP work group members represent national or regional organizations strategic to NDEP's mission. New member organizations are recommended by the NDEP Nominating Committee and final selection requires NDEP Executive Committee approval.

Return to Top of Page Benefits of NDEP partnership

  • access to effective diabetes education and awareness campaign products that are culturally and linguistically appropriate
  • receipt of updates and announcements about NDEP outreach efforts
  • access to the expertise and resources of a diverse nationwide NDEP partnership network
  • a professional forum to exchange ideas and diabetes education materials and program activities

Return to Top of Page Why are NDEP Partners Important?

The heart of NDEP is its Partnership Network, which has more than 200 partners that represent private industry and government entities, the medical community, community organizations, and diabetes advocates. Their diversity reflects the widespread impact of diabetes and its complications on the health care system, the individual with diabetes, and his or her family, community, and work environment.

The Partnership Network expands the capabilities of the NDEP by forming their own networks and encouraging others to become part of the national program. Any organization or individual committed to an interest in diabetes or the health of their constituents or community can become a partner, join the national effort to disseminate NDEP messages, and act to control diabetes.

Return to Top of Page Are NDEP materials available in languages other than English?

As a service, NDEP also provides links to non-English diabetes education materials produced by other organizations at .

Spanish language materials are at

Asian language materials are at

Return to Top of Page How many copies of NDEP publications can I order and are they free?

For the general public, we can provide one free copy. Limited quantities may be ordered for a small cost-recovery charge  by contacting the NDEP information line at 800-438-5383, or the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) at 800-860-8747.  NDEP is not able to provide high numbers of publications and products at no charge, but can provide a zip cartridge or CD-ROM of materials that can be taken to a professional printer for reproduction.  In addition, most NDEP materials are available in PDF  format at* for downloading and reproduction.

Return to Top of Page Who will be the contact person for questions we can’t answer?

For general diabetes related questions, contact the NDEP at 1-888-693-NDEP (6337). For general diabetes-related questions, contact the CDC public inquiries line at 1-800-CDC-INFO
1-888-232-6348 TTY.

Return to Top of Page How do I get on the NDEP newsletter mailing list?

Sign up at

Return to Top of Page Are there other Web sites for NDEP?


* Links to non-Federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by CDC or the Federal Government, and none should be inferred. The CDC is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at this link.

Page last reviewed: September 30, 2008
Page last modified: April 30, 2008

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