Diabetes is a growing world epidemic. Currently, 46.5% of adults with diabetes are undiagnosed. The purpose of diabetes screening is to identify asymptomatic individuals who may have diabetes and not know it, and refer them to qualified healthcare professionals for additional assessment. A diabetes screening can help detect prediabetes as well as diabetes.
Organizing a Diabetes Screening
- Partner with healthcare professionals to carry out your screening event: Government health departments, universities, hospitals, nurses, certified diabetes educators or private physicians often agree to perform free or low cost public screenings. They are knowledgeable about local healthcare laws and appropriate medical screening equipment and supplies to be used.
- Obtain legal clearance/permits from local authorities: Adhere to the appropriate healthcare laws and regulations for your jurisdiction when conducting health screenings.
- Select a date and location for the screening: Possible locations can include schools, libraries, places of worship, community centers or homes for the elderly. If your district has a diabetes mobile screening unit, you may consider reserving it for your event.
- Provide advance publicity: Use social media platforms, newsletters and public announcements to notify the community about the date and location of the screening.
- Stay in touch with community partners (medical professionals, manager of screening location, volunteers, etc.)
- Establish a referral plan in advance of the screening: Anticipate your screening will identify people at risk for pre-diabetes and diabetes. Make sure those with positive screening results will have access to additional medical care and/or diagnostic tests.
Conducting a Diabetes Screening
Organize and set up the screening room.
Provide free transportation for persons who lack access.
Assist medical professional partners with record-keeping functions.
Distribute professional diabetes information and publications.
Provide other assistance to healthcare professionals in accordance with local laws and regulations.
Follow Up After the Screening
Send letters of appreciation to persons involved in the screening: This includes healthcare professionals who donated therir time and expertise, community centers that provided a venue and medical companies or local healthcare providers that donated equipment and supplies.
Provide publicity after your screening: Let your community know about the details of your event, including the number of persons who benefited from the free public screening. Use social media to highlight your event and issue a press release or other community announcement.
Use MyLCI to share information about your screening.