Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

The Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provides public health leadership for diabetes in the state. A major function of DPCP is to convene stakeholders in order to better coordinate the Hawaii diabetes health system and achieve common goals. DPCP also works with partners to promote diabetes prevention and management throughout the state.


To help promote diabetes prevention, DPCP formed the Prediabetes Task Force which focuses on:

  1. awareness of prediabetes;
  2. availability and support of CDC-recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPPs);
  3. clinical screening, testing, and referral to DPPs; and
  4. coverage of DPPs by employers and health plans. With the help of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Hawai’i Primary Care Association, and the YMCA of Honolulu, the Task Force has created an action plan called, “The Hawai‘i Diabetes Prevention Plan to Scale and Sustain the National Diabetes Prevention Program” to facilitate the establishment and growth of DPPs.

Along with community stakeholders, the DPCP is presently working to achieve the following priorities identified in the plan:

  • Develop an awareness campaign targeted to the public and health care sector.
  • Establish at least one accessible, culturally-appropriate CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program serving a priority population on each island.
  • Increase by two the number of health systems that develop a partnership and a data sharing agreement with a community organization and a CDC-recognized diabetes prevention program to increase screenings and referrals into DPP.
  • Disseminate findings and recommendations from at least one pilot project with a local health plan and target population demonstrating the impact of providing insurance reimbursement for CDC-recognized diabetes prevention programs.


DPCP works with accredited Diabetes Self-Management (DSME) programs of the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the American Diabetes Association, the Executive Office of Aging, the National Kidney Foundation, and other partners to promote quality healthcare that addresses type 2 diabetes in the community. This includes promotion of screening and testing for those with type 2 diabetes, supporting program availability and capacity, establishing systems for referral of patients into education programs, and providing support on reimbursement for DSME services. DPCP and partners also support Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Programs (DSMP) by hosting trainings and convening stakeholders as part of the Healthy Aging Partnership.