The Washington County Health Department (WCHD) has again received Full Recognition for the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) from the CDC Diabetes Prevention
Recognition Program (DPRP). To ensure high quality and impact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sets standards for organizations that wish to offer an in-person or online lifestyle change program. The purpose of the DPRP is to recognize organizations that have demonstrated their ability to effectively deliver a proven type 2 diabetes prevention lifestyle change program. The recognition program helps to assure that decisions about individual participation, patient referral, and health insurance benefits are based on accurate, reliable, and trustworthy information.
WCHD was the first local health department in the state of Maryland to become a Fully Recognized provider of the National DPP in 2017. WCHD achieved full recognition again in 2018 and now 2019 and is currently the only Fully Recognized National DPP provider in Washington County. WCHD began offering the National DPP in 2013.
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a yearlong lifestyle change program that helps participants cut their risk of type 2 diabetes in half. People who have prediabetes (1 in 3 U.S. adults) or who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and who are overweight are eligible for the program. Learn more about the National DPP here. New National DPP classes will be forming soon. Call 240-313-3302 to sign up.