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SDPI Diabetes Best Practices


As part of their required activities, SDPI Community-Directed grantees will implement one SDPI Diabetes Best Practice (also referred to as "Best Practice"). The Best Practices are focused areas for improvement of diabetes prevention and treatment outcomes in communities and clinics. Note that, as in previous years, grantees may use some of their SDPI funds for diabetes-related activities outside of their selected Best Practice.

Links to the SDPI Diabetes Best Practices can be found below and a printable list can be found in the Best Practice Summary Table [PDF – 233 KB].

To assess improvement on outcomes, each Best Practice includes one Required Key Measure (RKM) that programs will track and report on regularly. Grantees will collect data on the RKM for individuals in their Target Group. The Target Group is the carefully selected set of individuals that grant programs can realistically serve. Each Best Practice provides guidance on selecting an appropriate Target Group.

SDPI Diabetes Best Practices


SDPI Diabetes Best Practices Webinar Recording

Video thumbnail of Best Practice and Target Group Overview

Topic: SDPI 2022 Best Practice and Target Group Overview Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving 
Presenter: Melanie Knight, SDPI Program Coordinator
Recorded: May 12, 2021
Duration: 55 minutes

  • Best Practice = 08:16
  • Target Group = 22:26
  • Questions = 49:17

Materials: Slides [PDF – 766 KB]

Using SDPI Diabetes Best Practices

Applicants choosing the same Best Practice may propose different activities/services with different Target Groups. See the example below.

SDPI Program Selected Best Practice Activities/Services Target Group Description
A Nutrition Education Providing nutrition education related to breastfeeding support. Pregnant women ages 18-30 with or at risk for diabetes from local I/T/U clinic.
B Nutrition Education Providing nutrition education related to diabetes prevention. Youth ages 8-15 at risk for diabetes at local Boys & Girls Club.
C Nutrition Education Providing nutrition education from a Registered Dietitian related to heart health. Adults with diabetes ages 18-45 at risk for CVD from local I/T/U clinic.

Diabetes and Pregnancy

Diabetes treatment goals and medications for non-pregnant people with diabetes are not always generalizable to those who are pregnant. The Target Group should not include pregnant individuals in the following Best Practices:

  • Aspirin or Other Antiplatelet Therapy in Cardiovascular Disease
  • Blood Pressure Control
  • Chronic Kidney Disease Screening and Monitoring
  • Glycemic Control
  • Lipid Management in Cardiovascular Disease


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