In October 2014, the North Carolina Division of Public Health (DPH) was awarded Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Stroke Prevention (ODHDSP) funding for the implementation of population-wide and priority population approaches to prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, and the reduction of health disparities among adults. The award is administered by the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch. There are five regions throughout North Carolina implementing this project.
- Environmental strategies to promote and support healthy eating and active living
- Strategies to build support for healthy lifestyles, particularly for those at high risk to support diabetes, heart disease, and stroke prevention efforts
- Health system interventions to improve the quality of health care delivery to populations with the highest hypertension and pre-diabetes disparities
- Community-clinical linkages that bridge community prevention efforts with health care systems
Environmental strategies are directed toward the entire adult population within the region and are implemented primarily through worksites and faith communities. Lifestyle change programs and health care systems activities specifically target:
- Populations at high risk for type 2 diabetes
- Racial/ethnic groups with significant disparities in the burden of stroke, diabetes, and obesity.
- Medicaid beneficiaries with uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Obesity management and prevention by working with partners to support healthy eating and physical activity in local communities, faith organizations, and worksites.
- Supporting local organizations and health care providers in heart disease and stroke prevention by promoting team-based care and quality improvement in order to prevent/manage cardiovascular disease.
- Providing technical assistance and support to partners in developing, implementing, and promoting policies and strategies to detect, control, and prevent diabetes