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Prevention First

The mission of Prevention First is to support a statewide implementation of cross-cutting approaches to promote health and prevent and control chronic diseases and their risk factors, as well as to maintain coordination and collaboration across programs.

In July 2013, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) received a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk factors and Promote School Health RFA-DP13-1305.

Prevention First builds upon the framework established with CDC initiative to coordinate chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts. The strategies, activities, and performance measures in the Prevention First work plan are objectives in CDPH's California Wellness Plan.

The funding opportunity requires work in four key action areas or Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Domains of:

  •  Domain 1: Epidemiology and Surveillance
  • Domain 2: Environmental Approaches
  • Domain 3: Health System Interventions
  • Domain 4: Improving Community-Clinical Linkages

State and Local Health Department Activities

Prevention First activities are conducted at the state and local level to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and heart disease. CDPH provides funding to local health departments (LHDs) in Alameda, Madera, Monterey and Sacramento counties to carry out Prevention First activities at the local level.

Prevention First program chronic disease prevention efforts include:

  1. Increasing awareness of high blood pressure among patients
  2. Increasing awareness of prediabetes among people at high risk for type 2 diabetes
  3. Promoting participation in diabetes self-management education
  4. Increasing the use of team-based care in health systems
  5. Increasing the use of lifestyle intervention and chronic disease self-management programs in community settings

Prevention First staff and partners coordinate with CDPH's programs including: Lifetime of Wellness: Communities in Action (1422); California Arthritis Partnership Program, Well-integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN); California Tobacco Control Program; Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch; and the Office of Health Equity.

Prevent Diabetes STAT™: California

CDPH launched the Prevent Diabetes STAT™: California (CA PDSTAT) network in 2015 to bring together partners to develop a state chronic disease prevention action plan. The purpose of the action plan is to address the rising prevalence of diabetes in California through increased awareness, availability, and utilization of evidence-based lifestyle change programs by Californians with prediabetes, or otherwise at high risk for developing diabetes.

The CA PDSTAT network is comprised of individuals from various organizations, including: payers, employers, health care and National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) providers.

In collaboration with the many partners who have contributed to articulating the action plan and committed to the many action steps outlined herein, by June 2018, the CA PDSTAT network strives to make a meaningful change in diabetes prevalence and to improve health by scaling up and sustaining National DPP in California.

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