The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) was launched in 1997 to improve diabetes management and reduce the morbidity and mortality from diabetes and its complications. It is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NDEP's major campaigns are based on the science of landmark scientific studies on diabetes prevention and control including:
- Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT)
- Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications Study (EDIC)
- United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS)
- Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD)
- Veterans Affairs Diabetes Trial (VDAT)
- Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
- Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Study (DPPOS)
- Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD)
- SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth
The program provides credibility, commitment, and resources that are available to state and local public health agencies nationwide. The participation of diabetes organizations, and the program's partnership with more than 200 health professional, community, consumer group, and private sector organizations, ensure broad and meaningful input into its design, effective implementation, and wide dissemination of its messages and educational tools.
NDEP’s goal is to reduce the burden of diabetes and pre-diabetes by facilitating the adoption of proven approaches to prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and its complications.
Program audiences include
- Children and adults with diabetes, their families, and caregivers
- Children and adults at risk for type 2 diabetes and their families
- Populations disproportionately burdened by diabetes and its complications
- Health care professionals, community health workers/promotores, and peers
- Community and health-care-focused organizations, media, businesses, schools, non-traditional partners, and other groups concerned about diabetes
To learn how to partner with NDEP, visit http://ndep.nih.gov/partners-community-organization/.