Community-Based Organizations

At a glance

Community-based organizations (CBOs), faith-based organizations (FBOs), and community health workers (CHWs) can take an active role in helping people manage diabetes or prevent type 2 diabetes.

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Help prevent type 2 diabetes

Prediabetes can lead to type 2 diabetes, and it also increases risk for heart attack and stroke. But it doesn't have to. CBOs can help people take steps to reverse prediabetes or slow the onset of type 2 diabetes.

CBOs can offer, or help people in their community enroll in, the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program. The program is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

Help manage diabetes

CBOs play an important role in helping people with diabetes take steps to lower their blood sugar and manage their condition.

Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) services help people reach their daily and lifetime goals for living well with diabetes. CBOs can offer DSMES by becoming recognized by the American Diabetes Association or accredited by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists. CBOs can also help people in their communities find these services.

Toolkits and more

These resources are designed to help you support people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or those who already have diabetes.