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

National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

The Economic Burden of Elevated Blood Glucose Levels in 2017: Diagnosed and Undiagnosed Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes Mellitus and Prediabetes
Diabetes Care, American Diabetes Association
September 2019

Why employers should care about diabetes
Human Resource Executive, September 2019

Diabetes Prevention and Control: Illinois Diabetes
Action Plan: 2018 – 2020

Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2017
Diabetes Care, March 2018

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

National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP)
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
About the National Diabetes Prevention Program
Employers & Insurers
Calculate Benefits and Costs
Tools & Resources
The Research Behind the Program

Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Change Program
A Business Case for Inclusion as a Covered Benefit
Florida Health Care Coalition, 2015

Diabetes Digital App Technology: Benefits, Challenges, and Recommendations.
A Consensus Report by the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Diabetes Technology Working Group
Diabetes Care, January 2020

Digital Diabetes Tools and Solutions for Diabetes: An Employer’s Guide
NEBGH, November 2018

How to Use Mobile Technology to Manage Diabetes
University of Illinois at Chicago

Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2020
Table of Contents (clickable)
Diabetes Care, American Diabetes Association, January 2020

Employee Preventive Health Care - Focus on Vaccination
Merck, 2017

Resources for Employers (creating a diabetes-friendly workplace)
American Diabetes Association

Accommodation and Compliance: Diabetes
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

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

Consumer Resources

Diabetes Basics, American Diabetes Association

Diabetes Forecast, Healthy Living Magazine, American Diabetes Association

About Diabetes, American Heart Association

Managing Diabetes, CDC

Understanding diabetes and mental health, American Diabetes Association

Prediabetes Risk Test, CDC National Diabetes Prevention program

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

Diabetes Portion Plates, Merck:


Public Health Approaches to Type 2 Diabetes Prevention: The US National Diabetes Prevention Program and Beyond, Current Diabetes Reports, 05 August 2019

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

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)

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

Section 3: Benefit Plan Design Approaches

The Evidence for Value-Based Insurance Designs: The Full Potential of V-BID for Employers Is Yet to Be Realized
AJMC, December 2019

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

Community Health & Outreach
National Diabetes Education Program, NIDDK

Infographics and Info Cards
Diabetes: Resources and Publications, CDC

Playbook, posters, social media, videos
American Diabetes Month Resources, American Diabetes Association

Toolkit: National Diabetes Month 

More Information

Three Stakeholders to Improve Communication for Your Wellness Goals
Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA), February 25, 2019

Gateway to Health Communication & Social Marketing Practice
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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

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

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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  4. National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (retrieved May 11, 2020)
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  10. Appleby, Julie (October 5, 2015) “Overtesting of Employees Can Be a Side Effect of Workplace Wellness,” Health News from NPR, http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/10/05/446005616/overtesting-of-employees-can-be-a-side-effect-of-workplace-wellness (retrieved August 24, 2017)
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  14. “Value-Based Insurance Design Employer Manual: Self-Insured Employers” (July 2016), Connecticut State Innovation Model, http://www.healthreform.ct.gov/ohri/lib/ohri/sim/steering_committee/2016/11-10/final_self-insured_v-bid_manual.pdf (retrieved August 24, 2017)
  15. “Communication,” Workplace Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/planning/communications.html (retrieved August 24, 2017)
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