Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in New Hampshire. In 2010, 8.0% of New Hampshire adults reported having been diagnosed with diabetes. In the same year, 6.6% of New Hampshire adults reported having been diagnosed with prediabetes, a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes increases the risk of:
- Heart disease
- Lower extremity amputations
- Kidney disease
- Vision loss
The work of the NHDEP includes:
- "Lunch & Learn" professional development sessions, for physicians, nurses and diabetes care educators at primary care locations.
- An annual statewide conference, bringing nationally-recognized speakers to over 200 New England health care professionals.
Community Health Education
- Programs and materials to increase awareness of diabetes risk factors and ways to prevent diabetes and its complications.
Clinical Quality Improvement through Case Management
- Publishing the New Hampshire Guidelines for Primary Care, a summary of nationally recognized best practices for diabetes care
- Promoting Best Clinical Practices at a network of primary care sites. Outcomes since 2002 include:
- Doubling the percentage of patients with recorded HgbA1C test during the past year;
- Doubling the rate of retinal eye exams;
- Improving the rate of in-office foot checks and clinical assessments for neurovascular complications;
- Doubling the percentage of patients receiving Diabetes Education services and setting self-management goals
- Increasing nearly three-fold the rate of patients on aspirin therapy to prevent vascular complications.
Monitor and report on:
- Trends in the incidence and prevalence of diabetes, its risk factors and complications
- Changes in the percentages of patients with diabetes who receive care in accordance with the recommended national guidelines for: hemoglobin A1C testing, lipid profile, dilated eye exam, kidney disease monitoring, foot examination, flu and pneumococcal vaccine
NH Action Plan for Diabetes
A state plan has been developed, with input from a wide range of New Hampshire citizens and professionals. This state plan sets objectives in three priority areas that include:
- Public Education,
- Workforce Development, and
- Access to Care.