Why Should You Participate?

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.

How You Can Support the National Diabetes DPP

Pharmacists—and the pharmacies they work in—can join the many other public and private organizations that are working to support or deliver the National DPP LCP. By helping to expand the reach of the National DPP, pharmacists can prevent new cases of type 2 diabetes among their patients at high risk. All members of the pharmacy workforce can support these efforts by getting involved at one or more of the following levels: