Diabetes Prevention: Interventions Engaging Community Health Workers
Description of Resource:
The Community Preventive Services Task Force recommends interventions that engage community health workers for diabetes prevention to improve glycemic (blood sugar) control and weight-related outcomes among people at increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Community health workers (including promotores de salud, community health representatives, community health advisors, and others) are frontline public health workers who serve as a bridge between underserved communities and healthcare systems. Interventions that focus on diabetes prevention aim to reduce one or more risk factors for type 2 diabetes among members of the community by improving their diet, physical activity, and weight management. Interventions may include education about diabetes prevention and lifestyle changes, or informal counseling, coaching, and extended support for people with a higher risk for diabetes. Programs may be offered in homes or community-based settings.