Diabetes Prevention and Control

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is working on diabetes prevention 

and control through the HealtPromotion and Chronic Disease Control 

Partnership. IDPH collaborates with private and public agencies and 

organizations throughout the state to:

  • promote and provide education about diabetes prevention and control through training for health care providers;
  • provide educational materials for communities, health care providers, and certified outpatient diabetes education programs;
  • promote awareness of prediabetes;
  • certify community-based outpatient diabetes education programs;
  • maintain involvement with diabetes care providers and educators statewide;
  • monitor, evaluate and report diabetes-related data, and
  • promote and support community-based self-management programs for people with or at risk for chronic disease.

Iowa is part of a national effort for health promotion and chronic disease prevention and management. To learn more about the work being done in Iowa, including work related to diabetes prevention and management, click here.


About 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. have prediabetes. About 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes do not know they have it. Prediabetes is when your blood sugar level is higher than normal but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Fortunately, people with prediabetes can take steps to prevent type 2 diabetes. The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a proven lifestyle change program that can help prevent or delay getting type 2 diabetes. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Prediabetes-Related Links for General Public


Prediabetes-Related Links for Healthcare Providers



For more information please contact:
(515) 725-2839



Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. About 1 in 11 people have diabetes in the U.S. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. If current trends continue, about 1 in 3 Americans will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, prior history of having diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes), impaired glucose tolerance, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity. People who do not have diabetes can take steps to prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can be managed. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Outpatient Diabetes Education Program Certification

The Iowa Department of Public Health certifies diabetes outpatient education programs.  Minimum criteria for quality programs are established through 641 Iowa Administrative Code, Chapter 9 PDF .

State Recertification Application PDF

State-Certified Outpatient Diabetes Education Programs - December 2014 PDF

Certification of a program is necessary to obtain reimbursement from Medicaid and some private insurers in the state of Iowa.

Diabetes in Iowa

The impact of diabetes is monitored through the use of statewide data, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and state-certified programs.

Diabetes Statewide Strategic Plan

The Diabetes Statewide Strategic Plan is available here. This plan is linked to the Iowa State Innovation Model (SIM). More information about SIM is available here.

Diabetes-Related Links

For more information please contact:
(515) 242-6204