Diabetes education helps reduce the risk for developing diabetes and its complications.
Required Key Measure
Must be reported by grantees that select this Best Practice.
Number and percent of individuals in your Target Group who receive education on any diabetes topic*, either in a group or individual setting.
* Includes nutrition education, physical activity education, and any other diabetes education.
- Improvement: Increasing the number and percent of individuals in your Target Group who achieve this measure shows improvement.
- Timeframe: The timeframe for collecting data on the Required Key Measure will be January 1st to December 31st.
- Data Collection: For more information on data collection and reporting, see the SDPI Outcomes System (SOS).
Target Group Guidance
Select your Target Group from adults and/or youth with diabetes and/or at risk for developing diabetes.
You are required to report Required Key Measure data for one Target Group for your selected Best Practice. A Target Group is the largest number of patients/participants that your grant program can realistically serve. The following should be considered in selecting your Target Group:
- The size and characteristics (e.g., ages, health status, settings) of the community or patient population that you are going to draw your Target Group from
- Intensity of the activities/services you plan to do
- SDPI funding and other resources available to provide activities/services
For information and examples on selecting a Target Group, see the SDPI Diabetes Best Practice and Target Group recorded webinar.
Resources and Tools
Below are selected resources and tools specific to this Best Practice. Additional resources that may be useful for all Best Practices can be found in the SDPI Best Practice Resources.
IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention
- Diabetes Standards of Care & Clinical Practice Resources: Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support
- Education Materials and Resources (Online Catalog)
- SDPI Toolkits
Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists
American Diabetes Association
- 2017 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support [PDF]
- Education Recognition Program
- American Diabetes Association. 5. Facilitating behavior change and wellbeing to improve health outcomes: Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2021 Diabetes Care 2021;44(Supp.1):S53-S72. doi:10.2337/dc21-S005
American Diabetes Association, Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists, and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and others
Healthy Native Communities Partnership
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention