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Welcome to the Washington State Diabetes Connection:

The Communication Portal for the Washington State Diabetes Network

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Managing Diabetes at School Playbook

Get ready for your student with diabetes to go back to school with tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Proposal and Diabetes Self-Management Training

The comment period for the proposed rules closes September 6, 2016.

Comments are being sought for Improving Payment Accuracy for Services: Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT). The request for comment is in the July 15, 2016, Federal Register, where public comment can be provided.

To help inform implementation of the Diabetes Prevention Program to Medicare enrollees, CMS is seeking comments on the outlined proposals for expanding DPP to benefit more Medicare beneficiaries beginning January 1, 2018.

Specifically, feedback is requested on:

  • Supplier Enrollment
  • Payment Structure
  • IT Considerations and Capabilities
  • Eligible Beneficiaries
  • Program Integrity Initiatives
  • Site of Service Requirements
  • Learning and Technical Assistance Requirements
  • Quality Measurement and Reporting
  • Timeframe

The proposed rule is in the July 15, 2016, Federal Register, where public comment can be provided.

Reducing Health Disparities: How Two Clinicians Address the Social Determinants of Health with Their Patients

View this recorded webinar Hosted by Qualis Health's Practice Innovation Network, providers present on how one community health center works to reduce health disparities and create health equity.

Clinical Practice Algorithm for Prediabetes and Asymptomatic Type 2 Diabetes

View the screening and treatment pathway recommendations for adults to identify abnormal blood glucose.

View the Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report (2014)

The 2014 Washington State Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report (PDF) is a legislative report written in response to Third Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5034 (July 2013). It is the result of a collaborative effort from the Washington State Department of Health, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and the Washington State Health Care Authority. Partners and stakeholders from the Diabetes Network played a key role in development and review of the report's 10 goals. These goals function as the strategic framework for diabetes in Washington.

Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report: 2017 Update

A proviso in the 2015-2017 budget (ESSB 6052) directs the Department of Health to collaborate with the Health Care Authority and the Department of Social and Health Services to author an updated Diabetes Epidemic and Action Report due June 2017. Among other directives, the report shall include individual agency action plans and actionable items for the legislature’s consideration. Want to get involved in shaping this report and its recommendations? Join the Washington State Diabetes Network.

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On this site, you'll find...
...activities, ideas, best practices, links and resources for the Washington State Diabetes Network to foster collaboration and communication. The Washington State Diabetes Network is a broad array of organizations and people working in public, private, tribal, community and academic/training sectors to prevent and control diabetes and hypertension among residents of Washington.

 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember phone number for people to call for health and human service information and referrals and other assistance to meet their needs, including diabetes prevention and management. Dial 2-1-1 or visit

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Too much sodium can raise blood pressure. The Food and Drug Administration is issuing for draft voluntary targets for reducing sodium in commercially processed and prepared food. To view the draft guidelines and provide comment, visit the FDA's Sodium Reduction webpage.