The Mississippi Diabetes Prevention and Control Program is a federally funded state-based program established for the purpose of reducing the incidence and prevalence of type 2 diabetes in Mississippi and increasing the quality of life for all persons.
Goals and Priorities
The goals of the Mississippi Diabetes Prevention and Control Program are to:
- Prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in Mississippi
- Prevent the complications, disabilities, and the burden associated with diabetes
- Eliminate diabetes-related health disparities in Mississippi.
- Establish and/or provide linkages to wellness programs
- Increase community-level capacity to address diabetes
- Evaluate statewide and local diabetes initiatives
The program's priorities are to:
- Decrease sedentary lifestyles among adults and youth in Mississippi
- Reduce the overall percentage of persons at risk for type 2 diabetes, especially in public health districts with the highest at-risk population
- Reduce the statewide type 2 diabetes prevalence rates
- Increase the percentage of people who meet target goals for ABCs
- Reduce gender and racial disparities in health outcomes for people with type 2 diabetes
- Reduce the percentage of people who have type 2 diabetes who smoke
- Increase annual foot examinations
- Increase annual eye examinations
- Increase flu/pneumococcal vaccinations
- Establish successful wellness programs
- Establish measurement procedures to track success
- Community-based Health Promotion Programs
Competitive mini-grants are awarded to community-based and faith-based organizations to collaborate with the DPCP in the work of preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes and improving the quality of life for those who already have type 2 diabetes. Award amounts vary.
- Diabetes Burden Document
Provides periodic updates which define the burden of diabetes on the state and informs the decision making process for implementing diabetes interventions and services. The document is prepared every 5 years. It includes detailed surveillance information on diabetes prevalence, diabetes mortality, diabetes risk factors, diabetes complications and diabetes costs. Data is presented by age, race, gender, and income.
- Diabetes State Plan 2010 - 2014
The Diabetes State Plan is the blueprint which outlines the goals, objectives and actions that will be taken by key stakeholders to address issues people with or at risk for diabetes may have. The plan is developed by diabetes stakeholders from across the state and is prepared every five years.
- Health Care Provider Education
The DPCP works with partners to keep diabetes health care providers up-to-date on clinical practice recommendations for preventing and managing diabetes. Educational symposiums are usually one day and are held in different parts of the state. Continuing education units are offered for the health care professionals who attend.
- Federally Qualified Health Centers
Everybody deserves a medical home is a performance improvement program to assist Federally Qualified Health Centers with integrating the patient (family) centered medical home concept with the Chronic Care Model (a.k.a. Planned Care Model) to achieve desired outcomes for clients with diabetes, and heart disease and stroke. The MSDH will sponsor phase I Chronic Care Collaborative training based on the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Disparities Chronic Care Model.
- Local Diabetes Coalitions
The DPCP partners with community organizations to develop county and or district-wide diabetes coalitions. The coalitions serve as the infrastructure for diabetes assessment, intervention, and evaluation activities at the local level.
- Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention Training
The purpose of the LEAP program is to increase the number of professionals in health care settings with the ability to identify the at-risk diabetic foot and appropriately intervene to prevent complications. Full tuition support is provided for Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physical Therapists and Physician's Assistants to learn to perform the annual comprehensive diabetes foot exam and intervene to prevent simple problems from progressing.
Health care professionals learn to conduct the annual diabetes foot screen, provide diabetes education, instruct clients on how to perform daily self-inspection, select appropriate footwear and manage simple foot problems.
The DPCP also makes funds made available to establish diabetes foot care programs at Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in medically underserved areas.
- Mississippians Mobilizing Against Diabetes Statewide Advisory Group
The advisory group is the official body which addresses issues that affect people with or at risk for developing diabetes, advises on policy issues related to diabetes, and maintains a quality system of education for all people with diabetes and the healthcare professionals who care for them.
- Office of Preventive Health Chronic Disease Summit
An annual conference entitled "Empowering Communities for a Healthy Mississippi" is sponsored by the MSDH Office of Preventive Health. The conference seeks to provide information on health care issues that will foster healthier communities.
- Partnership with African-American Churches
The DPCP partners with faith-based organizations to offer seed grants and decision support to African-American churches to promote diabetes risk factor reduction and diabetes self-management training. Congregations with a registered nurse may apply for tuition assistance to receive training in parish or congregational health nursing, a specialized form of professional nursing that promotes health within the context of spiritual values.