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Diabetes Resources Coordination Center (DRCC)

CHS Project
In Cumberland Country, New Jersey, a man is screened for type 2 diabetes at the Diabetes Alert Day event hosted by the DRCC

Overview

Diabetes affects 596,000 adults and children in New Jersey and many do not know they have it. Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic with 86 million Americans estimated to be pre-diabetic, determining one’s risk of diabetes is more important than ever.

The Diabetes Resources Coordination Center (DRCC), funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), through the New Jersey Department of Health works to promote Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPPs), and increase access to, referrals for, and use of both types of diabetes resources. The DRCC accomplishes these objectives by implementing health communications, provider engagement, and community awareness activities that link healthcare organizations, patients, and diabetes programs.

After completing a successful first year in Cumberland County, New Jersey, the DRCC received a second year of funding and will be expanding its coverage to include Salem and Gloucester counties in Southern New Jersey.

Increasing access to and utilization of diabetes programs is greatly needed in these three Southern New Jersey Counties. Among New Jersey’s 21 counties, Cumberland is ranked 21st, Gloucester is ranked 16th, and Salem is ranked 18th for overall health. In addition, the CDC’s most recent data identify Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem among New Jersey’s counties with the highest incidence of diagnosed diabetes among adults.

Key Activities

DSME helps people with diabetes by teaching them effective self-management and coping skills, while DPPs assist individuals to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Research shows that increased diabetes education has led to improved diabetes knowledge, self-care behavior, quality of life, and clinical outcomes, such as lower A1C and self-reported weight.

Successful diabetes care requires a comprehensive, systematic approach to supporting patients’ behavior change efforts, including:

  1. healthy lifestyle changes (physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco cessation, weight management, and effective coping)
  2. disease self-­management (taking and managing medication and, when clinically appropriate, self­-monitoring of glucose and blood pressure)
  3. prevention of diabetes complications (self­-monitoring of foot health; active participation in screening for eye, foot, and renal complications; and immunizations).

Achievements

Hosted an American Diabetes Association-sponsored Diabetes Alert Day event in Cumberland County, New Jersey:

  • The event included screenings for type 2 diabetes, glaucoma and glucose
  • Information on local diabetes self-management workshops and a diabetes prevention program was made available to all attendees
  • Workshop providers from CompleteCare Health Network, Inspira Medical Center, Cape Cumberland Atlantic YMCA were present

A webinar series was hosted to provide healthcare providers with an overview of the American Diabetes Association-recognized and American Association of Diabetes Educators-accredited Diabetes Self-Management programs and CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs currently available in the county.

Cumberland Country Diabetes Resources


This webinar provides an overview of the American Diabetes Association-recognized and American Association of Diabetes Educators-accredited Diabetes Self-Management programs and the CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Program currently available in Cumberland County.

Gloucester Country Diabetes Resources

Salem Country Diabetes Resources

Quick Facts

Geographic Focus
Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem County, New Jersey

Funders
The New Jersey Department of Health- Division of Family Health Services, Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Program, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program