Additional Tools

NDEP resources help organizations build capacity to plan, implement, and evaluate diabetes education and communication interventions.

Planning Education and Communication Interventions

Making Health Communication Programs Work pdf icon[PDF-4.06MB]external icon
This online book from the National Cancer Institute describes practical approaches for planning and implementing health communication efforts.

CDC HealthCommWorksexternal icon
This online resource provides guidance on developing effective communication messages, social media strategies, and evaluation strategies.

CDCynergy for Social Marketingexternal icon
This tool is based on best practices in social marketing. It will assist you in developing, implementing, and evaluating an effective social marketing plan step by step. If you already have experience with this tool, try CDCynergy Lite, which provides less detailed guidance than the full CDCynergy for Social Marketing.

Developing and Maintaining Partnerships

CDC Partnership Toolkit pdf icon[PDF-107 KB]external icon
Partnerships are important in building and sustaining program capacity. This toolkit assists you in developing, strengthening, and maintaining successful partnerships.

Increasing Awareness of Diabetes

Annual campaigns are an opportunity to focus attention on diabetes as a major public health issue. Diabetes Alert Day is the fourth Tuesday in March, and November is National Diabetes Month.

Using Social Media

CDC Social Media Toolkit pdf icon[PDF-2.42MB]

Social media can help you increase the reach of, access to, and participation in your activities. This toolkit provides basic guidance and lessons learned in integrating social media into health communication campaigns.

CDC’s Guide to Writing for Social Media pdf icon[PDF-1.57MB]

In this guide for beginners, you will find information to help you write more effectively to make the most use of multiple social media channels, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and mobile phone text messaging.

Working with the Media

Media Access Guide: A Resource for Community Health Promotion pdf icon[PDF-1.55MB]
Develop strong media partnerships to share your health messages and be seen as a credible resource by the media. This resource includes tips on connecting with the media and a toolkit of media tip sheets, templates, and timelines.

Health Literacy and Plain Language

The resources below provide guidelines for developing clear and effective health content, especially for people with limited health literacy.


Health Communication Evaluation Planning pdf icon[PDF-448KB]
This guide outlines steps to follow in evaluating your health communication program. A well-planned evaluation gives you information to improve program design and implementation in order to be more effective. It can also help demonstrate program success or progress.

Page last reviewed: June 7, 2018