Why Should You Participate?

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Since its establishment in 2010, the National DPP has relied on a variety of public and private partners—such as community organizations, private insurers, employers, health care organizations, faith-based organizations, and government agencies—to expand the program nationwide. Pharmacists can be valuable partners in this effort for the following reasons:

Pharmacists know preventive care. As a pharmacist, you deliver preventive health care services—such as giving vaccinations, helping patients stop smoking and control their blood pressure, and delivering diabetes self-management education and support services. The National DPP LCP aligns well with this service delivery model.

Pharmacists have frequent patient encounters. You are likely to have frequent encounters with patients who have prediabetes but are unaware of their condition or the risks involved. As a pharmacist, you may also play a key role in reaching populations that are underserved because of a lack of clinical or community resources.

The entire pharmacy workforce can benefit. Getting involved in the National DPP provides opportunities for you—as well as pharmacy technicians, residents, and students—to apply clinical knowledge, use motivational interviewing techniques, help prevent type 2 diabetes in patients at risk, and pursue reimbursement options for services rendered.

Pharmacies are an essential part of today’s health care system.