The Iowa Diabetes Control Program (DCP) is established and funded under a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A core capacity program has been established called the Iowa Diabetes Network. The Iowa Diabetes Network is a statewide coalition of health care professionals, voluntary organizations, state governmental agencies, insurers, and interested associations. The Network has established several educational opportunities and resources for local use. Adherence to National Standards of Care for diabetes is promoted through educational offerings, resources, and certified outpatient education programs.
The DCP provides educational opportunities via the Iowa Communications Network interactive fiber optic system with the Iowa Diabetes Network input. At least two programs are provided annually for health care professional continuing education.
The Iowa Department of Public Health certifies diabetes outpatient education programs. Minimum criteria for quality programs are established through 641 Iowa Administrative Code, Chapter 9.
Certification of programs is required in order to obtain reimbursement from Medicaid and private insurers in the state of Iowa.
The burden of diabetes is monitored through use of statewide data, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and claims data from various sources. The prevalence of diabetes in Iowa is increasing and is most likely due to the increase in the obesity rate of Iowans.