Program components can include:
- Informational/educational campaigns using a variety of communication channels
- Onsite activities such as screenings, health fairs, walking clubs and access to an onsite/near-site clinic
- Value-based benefit design – may include reduced or waived employee costs for medications, supplies and/or physician office visits in return for active engagement in diabetes management program components, use of Centers of Excellence, or high quality narrow network providers, if offered
- Health/lifestyle coaching, fitness memberships, nutrition counseling
- Tools and resources for monitoring and tracking (e.g. blood sugar monitor, fitness tracker)
- Stress management/mental health techniques and tools; can help with the psychosocial adjustment to a diabetes or prediabetes diagnosis
The value of health coaching warrants its own mention. Coaching outreach may include telephonic, text, email, face-to-face or a combination of these. The approach depends on your program parameters and the audience you’re trying to reach. If your organization has multiple locations and/or varied work schedules, health coaching via virtual platforms (phone, computer or mobile device) can help you to effectively deliver your program.
Face-to-face coaching with a certified diabetes educator is often considered best practice and can be very effective in a number of areas including medication adherence, blood sugar monitoring and encouraging and motivating lifestyle change. Mental health coaching can help those with diabetes who also suffer from depression. Click here to read more
Digital Technology and Diabetes Care
Digital technology can be used as part of an overall population health strategy to support your efforts to better manage people with prediabetes and diabetes. Digital tools can help you address the challenges that come with diabetes management including employee engagement, behavior change, self-management and care collaboration.
This type of technology can include mobile devices (e.g. cell phones), wearable devices (e.g. Fitbits), applications (apps), social media and online games. These digital tools can be used to send text-based appointment reminders and to track and monitor everything from blood sugar to fitness activities and food intake. Ultimately, use of digital technology and tools can help you better tailor information and behavioral interventions.
Telemedicine is another example of digital technology that can be used as part of a diabetes management strategy, especially in areas that are rural or underserved by specialists like endocrinologists. Using videoconferencing, teleconsults connect patients with specialists for virtual visits. This type of technology can also be used with time-constrained employees.
Click on Digital Tools and Solutions for Diabetes Care to view a comprehensive guide to technology-based tools and resources designed to support you in your efforts to manage and prevent diabetes in your employee population.