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Diabetes Action Plan (DAP) - 2018

As of 2017, in accordance with Ohio House Bill 216, the Ohio Department of Health is required to convene representatives from the Ohio Department of Medicaid, Ohio Department of Administrative Services, and Ohio Commission on Minority Health, known as the Diabetes Action Plan Committee, to develop an Ohio Diabetes Action Plan (DAP) every three years. The DAP Committee is tasked with the following:

  • Assessing the prevalence of all types of diabetes in this state, including disparities in prevalence among various demographic populations, local jurisdictions, and state employees. 
  • Providing updates on current and future diabetes initiatives within each appointed agency.
  • Monitoring initiatives to reduce the prevalence of all types of diabetes, improve diabetes care, and control complications associated with diabetes among the populations of concern to each agency.
  • Developing policy and program recommendations to decrease diabetes prevalence in Ohio.
  • Developing proposed costs to implement policy and program recommendations.
  • Identifying how to measure progress achieved toward attaining established policy and program recommendations.
  • Convening external stakeholder meetings for recommendation/progress review and feedback. 

2018 Ohio Diabetes Action Plan cover page


Please read the 2018 Ohio Diabetes Action Plan. The 2021 Ohio Diabetes Action Plan is currently under development.








Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention and Management Program (1815)

The Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention and Management Program, funded by CDC cooperative agreement DP18-1815, implements and evaluates evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage diabetes and cardiovascular disease in high-burden populations. This program implements the prediabetes/diabetes strategies listed below that focus on scaling and sustaining diabetes prevention and management programming (e.g., National Diabetes Prevention Program [National DPP] and Diabetes Self-Management Education [DSME], healthcare system quality improvement, and linking community resources and clinical services). 

Diabetes Management: Improve Care and Management of People with Diabetes

  • Improving access to and participation in ADA-recognized/ADCES-accredited DSME programs in underserved areas.
  • Increasing engagement of pharmacists in the provision of medication management or DSME for people with diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention: Improve Access to, Participation in, and Coverage for the National DPP Lifestyle Change Program for People with Prediabetes, Particularly in Underserved Areas

  • Assisting healthcare organizations in implementing systems to identify people with prediabetes and refer them to CDC-recognized National DPP lifestyle change programs for Type 2 diabetes prevention.
  • Collaborating with payers and relevant public and private sector organizations within the state to expand availability of the National DPP lifestyle change program as a covered benefit for one or more of the following groups:
    • Medicaid beneficiaries.
    • State/public employees.
    • Employees of private sector organizations. 
  • Implementing strategies to increase enrollment in CDC-recognized National DPP lifestyle change programs.
Information about additional activities can be found on the Ohio Department of Health Heart Disease webpage. 

State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP)

The Ohio 2020-2022 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) was developed to improve the health of Ohioans through implementing a set of evidence-based strategies at the scale needed to measurably improve population health outcomes and achieve health equity. Chronic disease is one of three priorities in the SHIP.

Reducing diabetes is one of three outcome objectives for the chronic disease priority. Implementing systemic approaches in healthcare settings to screen, test for prediabetes, and refer to lifestyle change programs such as the National Diabetes Prevention Program are activities taken to reduce the diabetes prevalence in Ohio. 

Image of Ohio 2020 through 2022 State Health Improvement Plan cover page


The SHIP also takes a comprehensive approach to decreasing health disparities and achieving health equity by addressing the social determinants of health (education, housing, employment, etc.), prioritizing strategies most likely to reduce health disparities, and implementing interventions that target priority populations.