National Diabetes Education Program
Helpful Hints for Planning Diabetes Activities
The NDEP has developed the Diabetes Community Partnership Guide to provide you with ideas,
tools, and tips to help your community take action toward preventing or controlling diabetes.
By using this guide to work with others in your community, you can help raise awareness and
support people in making and maintaining the changes necessary to become a community in control
For individuals and organizations
Do you need to have a health care background or be an expert in diabetes to participate? No.
You might place diabetes information in local grocery stores or beauty shops. Maybe you’ll organize
a community walk for health. You might develop a booklet of resources for people with diabetes in
your community. These are just a few of the many ways one person can make a big difference in
the lives of people with diabetes. In addition, by partnering with diabetes and other health
professionals, you can gain expertise and increase resources to support your activities.
Community diabetes control projects provide an excellent opportunity for neighbors, family members,
work sites, places of worship, coalitions, professional associations, clubs, restaurants, and many
others to become more involved in the communities in which they live and work.
For diabetes experts and other health professionals
Do you have a special role to play if you are an expert in diabetes or are some other health
professional? Yes! As an expert in diabetes, you can be a valuable resource to your community
in many ways. You can help to encourage involvement by nontraditional partners such as
religious institutions, provide access to information and materials, provide training and
leadership, and serve as a quality control specialist for others engaging in diabetes
promotion or intervention activities. Use this guide to bring together diverse organizations
that are part of the community. Work with them to help them determine what they can do and
provide the technical expertise to help them do it successfully.
Download a free copy of the Diabetes Community Partnership Guide at
You can also order a free copy by calling 1-888-693-NDEP (6337).
In addition to using the Partnership Guide for planning diabetes activities, there are many national
health observances each month that can help you plan events in your community.
The National Health Information Center has a listing. Go to
http://www.healthfinder.gov/library/nho/nho.asp for more information.
Page last reviewed: September 30, 2008
Page last modified: January 18, 2008
Content Source: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Division of Diabetes Translation