Diabetes Tools and Resources

Diabetes Management in the Workplace

This section contains links to all of the tools, templates and resources presented in the Diabetes Management in the Workplace toolkit and is organized by toolkit section. For help navigating the toolkit, click here to download a how-to checklist.

Click here to reach the References list, which can be found at the end of this section. 

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Section 1: Building a Business Case

Diabetes Health Care Insights: Beliefs of consumers with type 2 diabetes
Market Research Insights, Merck

Absenteeism and Employer Costs Associated with Chronic Diseases and Health Risk Factors in the US Workforce
CDC Preventing Chronic Disease, Original Research
October 2016

A Systematic Review of Measurement Properties of Instruments Assessing Presenteeism
American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC)
March 2016

Sleep apnea leads to three-fold increased risk of type 2 diabetes
Diabetes, Diabetes.co.uk

The Face of Diabetes in the United States
Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index
July 2017 (Registration is required to access this report)

Section 2: Program Strategies

Employer Resources

Employee Preventive Health Care - Focus on Vaccination
Merck, 2017

Employer Guide: Digital Tools and Solutions for Diabetes
Northeast Business Group on Health, 2018

Stop Diabetes @ Work
American Diabetes Association
A research-based initiative that can be customized to fit within an existing wellness program or used as a stand-alone healthy worksite program

Organizational Resources
American Diabetes Association
Centered on promoting physical activity, nutrition and increasing awareness surrounding type 2 diabetes; enables companies to champion their employees' healthy living efforts

Diabetes at Work: Home Page 
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
The first online resource specifically designed to address the management of diabetes in the workplace

The Right Fit Resources and strategies can be tailored to fit the needs of your workforce

Kits and Resources by Topic Customizable turn-key solutions make materials easy to find and use

Lesson Plans (8 lesson series) Eight-lesson series with up-to-date information and tools for your employees

Conduct A Health Risk Assessment

Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program Florida Health Care Coalition
A Business Case for Inclusion as a Covered Benefit

Health Information Privacy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HIPAA
Rules for protection of personal health information

ADA 2017 Standards of Care in Diabetes American Diabetes Association

Consumer Resources

Diabetes Basics, American Diabetes Association

About Diabetes, American Heart Association

Managing Diabetes, CDC

Prediabetes Risk Test, CDC National Diabetes Prevention program

Diabetes Risk Test, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Diabetes Home, Merck Engage Website

Journey for Control, Merck

Downloadable resources

Conversation Maps (for best results, review these maps with a diabetes health professional)

Diabetes Portion Plate:

Diabetes & Stress American Psychological Association

Innovative Approaches/Technology

Digital Diabetes Solutions in Action: An Opportunity Study, NEBGH, April 2017

Innovative Diabetes Cost Reduction Strategies, Managed Health Care Executive, April 2016

Why Employers Are Turning to Digital Diabetes Management Solutions, J & J Diabetes Management Newsletter, 2017


Employer-Based Screening for Diabetes and Prediabetes in an Integrated Health Care Delivery System, J Occup Environ Med, November 2015

Approaches to Coverage of the National Diabetes Prevention Program for Employees at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion, September 2016 (includes Costco, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works, Latham & Watkins, University of Michigan and City of New York)

Section 3: Benefit Plan Design Approaches

Center for Value-Based Insurance Design
University of Michigan

Video: Reward the Good Soldier
Center for Value-Based Insurance Design, University of Michigan

Value-Based Insurance Design Employer Manual, Self-Insured Employers
Connecticut State Innovation Model, July 2016

Value-based Insurance Design
National Conference of State Legislatures

Issue Brief: Understanding Value-Based Insurance Design
CDC, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, June 2015

Position Paper: Addressing the Increasing Burden of Health Insurance Cost Sharing
American College of Physicians, 2016

Patient attitudes about financial incentives for diabetes self-management: A survey
World Journal of Diabetes, June 2015

Waste in the Health Care World: An AHPI/VBID Collaboration
American Health Policy Institute and VBID Health, 2016

Value-Based Insurance Design: Perspectives, Extending the Evidence, Implications for the Future
Supplement to the American Journal of Managed Care, 2013

Prime Therapeutics Study Finds a Diabetes Drugs Value Based Insurance Design Improves Adherence, Doesn't Lower Total Cost of Care
Markets Insider, October 2017

Section 4: Communication

Customizable Tools

Integrate these articles and posters into your communication strategy as you reach out to your target audiences. They can help to raise awareness, teach prevention skills and provide motivation for your covered population. Use the Word documents below either as-is or personalize them with your company logo and benefits-related information. You can also use them to promote specific information about an onsite event, i.e. a wellness screening that includes blood glucose testing.
Newsletter Articles

Tools & Templates

Video to show at the workplace
Spanish video to show at the workplace
Midwest Business Group on Health

Diabetes-related tools and resources including links to educational materials
Workplace Health Resources
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

Fact sheets (available in Spanish)
Taking Care of Your Diabetes Tip Sheets, CDC 

Education campaigns to prevent and control diabetes
National Diabetes Education Program, NIDDK

Email samples, e-news articles, cards, signs, posters
Stop Diabetes@Work, American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Customizable “Take the Stairs” posters
Stop Diabetes@Work, American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Info Cards for Social Media
Diabetes Infographics and Info Cards, CDC

Sample tweets, website badge, newsletter articles to promote National Diabetes Month

More Information

Employers Invest in Technology to Promote Employee Wellbeing Though Measuring Effectiveness Proves Challenging
NBGH Press Release, March 2016

Survey: 50 percent of employers use mobile apps to engage employees in their health
MobiHealthNews, March 2016

Effective employee communication: The benefits of best practices
Milliman, April 2017

Gateway to Health Communication & Social Marketing Practice, CDC

Section 5: Evaluation & Measurement

Tools & Resources

Program Measurement & Evaluation Guide
Health Enhancement Research Organization and Population Health Alliance

Diabetes Evaluation Measures,

Healthcare Cost Data
CDC, Worksite Health Promotion

Health and Work Performance Questionnaire
World Health Organization

Work Limitations Questionnaire
Tufts Medical Center

Employer Input Dashboard
CDC Diabetes Prevention Impact Toolkit

Data Input Checklist 
CDC Diabetes Prevention Impact Toolkit

The Diabetes Ten City Challenge
Interim clinical and humanistic outcomes of a multisite community pharmacy diabetes care program, J Am Pharm Assoc, 2008 Mar - April


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