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Emerging practices in diabetes prevention and control : engaging community health workers in diabetes self-management education programs
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    Overview -- Wisconsin Collaboration with the Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare DSME Program -- References -- Appendix: Engaging Community Health Workers in Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs Technical Assistance Guide (August 2015).

    Historically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) has provided funding for state chronic disease programs on a disease-specific level, releasing separate funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to address chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. However, chronic diseases have a high incidence of comorbidity, and the burden of these diseases has continued to escalate. In recognition of these issues, CDC has adopted a more integrated approach to chronic disease prevention and control, increasing opportunities for coordination across related diseases

    and risk factors so public health programs can collaborate for greater impact and efficiency. One recent FOA that embraces this approach is the State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health (CDC- RFA-DP13-1305, referred to in this document as SPHA 1305).

    As state health departments are serving on the front lines of coordinated chronic disease public health prevention efforts, grantees are exploring and testing new and innovative approaches that will provide critical insight and lessons learned. The goal of the Emerging Practices in Diabetes series is to summarize and share information on these practices to inform the work of other grantees working in the same or related areas. This report provides an overview of a technical assistance tool developed by CDC staff to explain key drivers of engaging community health workers (CHWs) in diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs. It also describes three states that have done significant work in supporting the CHW workforce, including training, certification, and reimbursement initiatives. Finally, the report provides an illustrative example of one state’s efforts towards addressing each of the key drivers of engaging CHWs in DSME.

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