Prevention and Mangement of Diabetes in the Workplace

One of the single biggest forces threatening the U.S. workforce productivity, health care affordability and quality of life is the rise in chronic conditions. It is estimated that chronic diseases account for 75% of all health care costs and 70% of all Kansas deaths. (1)

Of those chronic diseases, diabetes ranks high in terms of prevalence, growth and cost:

  • One in 10 Kansas adults have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 1 in 14 have been diagnosed with prediabetes. (2)
  • Even more alarming is the fact that 9 out of 10 people with prediabetes don’t even know they have it.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that by 2050, 1 in 3 American adults will be impacted by diabetes.
  • People with diagnosed diabetes incur 2.3 times the medical expenses of comparable people without diabetes. (3) Add to that number the costs associated with reduced productivity, increased absenteeism and turnover, and can be a recipe for financial disaster for every employer.

As stewards of health benefits, employers are in a unique position to assist employees and their family members in identifying and managing prediabetes and diabetes.

This toolkit has been assembled to help your company get started. Your group can select different parts and pieces from the menu of tools and resources, depending on the needs of your organization.

If you need a helping hand, the partners who put this kit together are just a phone call away. To schedule a meeting to discuss preventing and managing diabetes in your worksite, contact Juliane Walker or call 316-683-9441.

Understanding the Problem

A Snapshot of Prediabetes from the CDC
A Snapshot of Diabetes from the CDC
Presentation template from AMA Prevent Diabetes STAT

Calculating the Costs and Potential Savings

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Diabetes Prevention Employer Input Dashboard
Investing in the prevention of chronic disease

Identifying Your Organization’s Needs

Some employers rely on their health plans or TPAs to identify people who might benefit most from diabetes prevention and management. Other tools include:
Do I have prediabetes – award winning ad campaign to raise awareness of prediabetes
American Diabetes Association diabetes risk test – English and Spanish
How to conduct a biometric screening
How to conduct a health fair
Determine if your employees would be interested in diabetes managemetn programs by using this tool:
Sample needs assessment for employees
A sample worksite timeline is available by contacting Juliane Walker.

Prediabetes Tools and Resources

With no intervention, your company can expect between 15% and 30% of it’s employees with pre-diabetes to develop Type 2 diabetes within five years. (4) For every pre-diabetic employee or family member that avoids converting to Type 2 diabetes from prediabetes, your company’s health plan saves $7,300/year. (5) The productivity gains, reduced absenteeism and turnover are added benefits.

Diabetes Prevention Programs

Diabetes prevention programs may be available through your health plan or by directly contracting with other organizations to assist persons identified as prediabetic NOT convert to Type 2 diabetics. A variety of programs carry the stamp of approval of the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

CDC recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs across the country
Frequently Asked Questions
National DPP Success Stories

In-person DPP classes:

Greater Wichita YMCA Diabetes Prevention

For more information or to enroll, contact the Intake Coordinator or call 316.776.8178.

Central Plains Area Agency on Aging

271 W. 3rd St. N | Wichita, KS 67203
To enroll, call 855-200-2372 or email.

Hunter Health Clinic

2318 E. Central | Wichita, KS 67214

Online DPP programs

Omada Health

Program Overview

Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes Online

Program Overview

Via Christi Program – when available

Diabetes Management Tools and Resources

  • Diabetes Academy – free, one-hour class led by a Certified Diabetes Educator to learn about managing diabetes. Available as a drop in class for diabetics and family members or as a scheduled class at your organization.
  • The 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life booklet helps people with diabetes understand, monitor, and manage their diabetes to help them stay healthy. This publication has been reviewed by the National Diabetes Education Program for plain language principles and is available in 13 languages.
  • Journey for Control – Interactive learning tools and resources (in English and Spanish) for managing your diabetes.
  • Cornerstones 4 Care – Create a personalized support program to help manage your diabetes, with tools and resources tailored to your needs.

Benefit Design Techniques

  • Highlight or incentivize use of doctors who are recognized by NCQA for diabetes care: National Committee for Quality Assurance NCQA Diabetes Recognition Program Recognized Clinician Directory helps individuals find doctors who have demonstrated that they meet important standards of care.
  • Make diabetes management medications and supplies low cost or free to improve medication adherence.
  • Encourage/incentivize annual visits to the primary care doctor
  • Utilize tools available through your health plan to the maximum extent
  • Build pharmacist counseling for diabetics into your benefit plan

Other Important Health Resources

Healthy eating, physical activity and not using tobacco products are the most powerful factors in preventing prediabetes from moving toward Type 2 diabetes. Employers can have significant impact on health by making policy and environmental changes at the worksite that help staff and family members live healthier lives. Tools and resources are readily available; many are free. Small changes can have a BIG impact.
Choose My Plate nutrition resource
Dining with Diabetes K-State Research and Extension – Sedgwick County

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Toolkit Partners

The Prevention and Management of Diabetes in the Workplace Toolkit was created by the Diabetes in the Workplace Workgroup that was developed out of a Kansas Leadership cohort. Workgroup members represent the following organizations:

  • Aetna
  • Greater Wichita YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Health ICT
  • Kansas Academy of Family Physicians
  • Via Christi Health
  • Wichita Business Coalition on HealthCare
  • Wichita State University Community Engagement Institute

1. 2013 Kansas Information for Communities, Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics, KDHE
2. 2013 KS BRFSS
3. American Diabetes Association, Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2012
4. What is Prediabetes,, 2016
5. ADA’s Company Diabetes Reference Chart