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Idaho Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

Thank you for your interest in the Idaho Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. This website was developed to help people with prediabetes and diabetes manage their conditions by connecting them to free and reduced-cost resources within their communities. It also provides a central location for healthcare professionals who treat and educate Idaho adults with prediabetes and diabetes to access resources. The Idaho Diabetes Prevention and Control Program works with partners throughout the state to reduce disability and death due to diabetes and its complications.

It is the goal of the Diabetes Program to:

    • Improve the public’s access to affordable, high-quality diabetes care and services, especially for people at high-risk.
    • Educate the public and health professionals on how to prevent and manage diabetes.
    • Develop programs and projects with partners that prevent diabetes and reduce the health complications related to diabetes.
    • Facilitate the statewide Diabetes Alliance of Idaho (DAI), which is made up of health professionals, diabetes educators, local public health districts, health plan representatives, pharmaceutical companies and other partners invested in diabetes care.

Learn How to Manage Diabetes

When you have diabetes it’s especially important to stay healthy, although sometimes it isn’t easy. You don’t have to do it alone, though. When you attend a Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program, a diabetes educator will help you find solutions to staying healthy that fit into your lifestyle. With a healthcare provider referral, diabetes education is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance plans.  LEARN MORE

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If your score is 9 or higher,
You may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes, and may qualify for the DPP.

In order to qualify for the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), participants must:
• Be overweight BMI greater than or equal to 24; greater than or equal to 22 if Asian.
• Have established risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes; or
• Have been diagnosed with prediabetes within the past year or previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes.
Contact a lifestyle coach today to find out more about how to enroll!

Lifestyle Change Program Details

If you have prediabetes, now is the time for action!
An Idaho Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP):

  1. Meets once a week for 16 weeks, and then once a month for eight months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes.
  2. All classes are led by a trained lifestyle coach in a group setting.
  3. Learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity habits that have been proven to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  4. Discuss topics such as healthy eating, increasing physical activity, reducing stress, problem solving, and much more.

Learn what to expect when joining a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Click on the links below for information:

Wellness Guide

For Healthcare Professionals

Diabetes Alliance of Idaho

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Message from Director Dave Jeppesen

Director JeppesenOur mission is to promote and protect the health and safety of Idahoans.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s programs and services are designed to help people live healthy and be productive, strengthening individuals, families and communities. From birth throughout life, we help people improve their lives.

We deal with complex social, economic and health issues. We receive requests every day for assistance with food or medical insurance. We help others with child care, child support and substance abuse problems. Throughout the state, we are at the forefront of protecting public health.

We help people help themselves. Our goal is to help people become self-reliant, working with them to identify issues and solutions to their problems so they won’t need future assistance from us.

Idaho’s health and human services are a partnership. We team with other agencies and human service providers to meet the needs in each community. Working together, we can build a better Idaho.

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Child Support: 1-800-356-9868

Food stamps, Medicaid, and other Assistance Benefits: 1-877-456-1233

Optum Members: 1-855-202-0973

Lost EBT Card? Call FIS: 1-888-432-4328

Report Child Abuse: 208-334-KIDS (5437) or 1-855-552-KIDS (5437) or call 2-1-1 and be transferred

Report Welfare Fraud: 1-866-635-7515

Report Health Care Fraud: 208-334-5754

Idaho CareLine: 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Central Revenue Unit: 1-800-726-2952

Public Health Emergencies: 1-800-632-8000

Community Services and Programs

Visit the following websites to discover other community based services and programs.

Idaho CareLine. Dial 2-1-1 or 1-800-926-2588 or visit


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Know the warning signs of suicide and Rock Your Role, Idaho! Don't leave someone in crisis alone, remove firearms or other means of self-harm and call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline for help at 208-398-4357. We all have a role to play in preventing suicide in Idaho.

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