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Training and Technical Assistance

This page provides resources to build the capacity of our partners, grantees, and the public health workforce with convenient, up-to-date, and high quality resources. We offer workshops, online courses, and other training activities to help you use education and communication approaches and NDEP resources to address diabetes. This page also includes resources for facilitators (e.g., diabetes educators, health educators, Community Health Workers) who provide training and technical assistance to others.

Training Courses

Training Courses

Managing the Emotional Impact of Diabetes Audio Program

The New Beginnings audio program gives group leaders a basic overview of the issues addressed in New Beginnings discussions including:

  1. Emotional impact of diabetes
  2. Role of family and social support in diabetes self-management
  3. Cultural considerations when addressing psychosocial and family support issues in people with diabetes.

This program has been approved for CNE, CEU, and CECH credit. Click here to access the programs. This activity is provided through CDC TRAIN, a learning resource for public health professionals and an affiliate of the Public Health Foundation Training Finder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN). This program has been approved for CNE, CEU, and CECH credit. Visit the registration page for more information about continuing education.

Health Communication

How to Make Health Communication Work for Your Program Online Course

Use this self-guided course to learn how to plan health communication activities that are grounded in the day-to-day realities of your diabetes prevention and control work. You will leave with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement effective health communication strategies in all of your work.


Resources for Facilitators

Diabetes Prevention

Training resources to support the Road to Health Toolkit

Learn how to successfully use the Road to Health Toolkit and its resources by using training guides and videos. (English and Spanish)

Diabetes Control

New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Group Leaders to Address the Emotional Impact of Living with Diabetes (8 modules) [PDF-3.98MB]

Use this guide to facilitate discussions in diabetes support groups that focus on managing the emotional side of living with diabetes, goal setting, problem solving, and building self-confidence.



Diabetes, Distress and Depression: Incorporating the Emotional Side of Diabetes in Clinical Care

Diabetes and depression have been associated with poor self-management behavior and poor clinical outcomes. However many unanswered questions remain about the links between diabetes and depression, leaving diabetes educators and clinicians struggling to find effective strategies to address these issues in their practices. What if our symptom-based approach to diagnosing depression in people with diabetes is too narrow? During this podcast, Dr. Lawrence Fisher invites clinicians to consider the broader construct of emotional distress which takes into account the context of living with diabetes including its management, other life stresses, and other contributors that can impact emotional well-being. Dr. Fisher will explore the construct of emotional distress, and suggest strategies for integrating the emotional side of diabetes into regular diabetes care. This approach can reduce confusion between depression and distress so that appropriate and targeted patient-centered interventions can occur.

Diabetes and Nutrition in the Latino Community

Learn about culturally oriented nutrition education for Hispanics or Latinos with or at risk of diabetes from expert Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, and relevant nutrition resources.

The Art of Storytelling and Use of Culturally-Adapted Tools to Educate on Diabetes Prevention

Storytelling can play a role in diabetes education and can influence self-efficacy, outcome expectations, risk perceptions and problem solving, resulting in improved self-care behaviors, particularly in vulnerable populations. Many cultures use storytelling to share wisdom. Stories create vivid mental images that encourage thinking and aid understanding and recall. Using storytelling as a teaching method and listening to patients’ own stories can enhance communication by building trust and understanding, especially when the patient and the diabetes educator have different backgrounds and life experiences.

Partners in Health: Engaging Faith Communities in Diabetes Prevention and Control (1 hour)

Learn about tools and strategies for working with faith-based organizations to educate them about diabetes, conduct diabetes prevention and control activities, and create a healthy church environment from a panel of inspirational presenters.

Culturally Competent Health Provider Communication: Insights from Research with Chinese, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Island Diabetes Patients

Learn about the major issues in culturally competent medical communication with Asian-American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander patients, and principles and methods for effective communication with these populations.

Link to additional webinars on the NIH NDEP site.

Online Learning Communities

Online Learning Communities

NDEP hosts learning communities to connect people working with NDEP resources, or specific populations. In these learning communities, you can access information and resources to support your efforts, ask questions, and share the work you are doing to address diabetes.

NDEP Road to Health Implementers Community

A learning community to help people who manage diabetes prevention activities using the Road to Health Toolkit share lessons learned, tools, and resources to support their activities. Also available in Spanish:

Campeones del Kit El camino hacia la buena salud Una comunidad de aprendizaje para ayudar a quienes manejan actividades de prevención de la diabetes usando el Kit El camino hacia la buena salud (RTH, por sus siglas en Inglés), en sus actividades.

pHConnect Making Health Communication Work for Your Program

A learning community for participants in the National Diabetes Education Program's How to Make Health Communication Work for Your Program course.

Continuing Educations Credits Available:

New Beginnings: Improving Emotional Well-Being and Positive Social Support in People with Diabetes (Coming Soon)

Diabetes at Work: What's Depression Got to Do with It?

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