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Diabetes Services Program Booklets:

Diabetes Services Partnership Guide for Practitioners and Practice Managers (This is a PDF file that opens in a new window. The file size is 1.2 MB)


Links to Outside Diabetes Resources:

American Diabetes Association   http://www.diabetes.org/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/

JDRF  http://jdrf.org/

American Association of Diabetes Educators www.diabeteseducator.org/


Diabetes Services

Contact Us

If you have concerns, questions or suggestions about the services offered through the Diabetes Services Program, please contact the program manager at 850-252-9656.  We welcome your feedback and will utilize it for continuing improvement of service delivery.

Diabetes Services Program 

The Diabetes Services Program is committed to excellence in chronic disease prevention and health promotion through health education.  Development of health management strategies integrated with education are integral components toward decreasing risk for development of chronic disease as well as management of chronic disease for those who are already diagnosed. 

The Diabetes Services Program seeks to address the need for educating Bay County residents and helping them manage their health through the offering of diabetes prevention and self-management education.  Current offerings include:

  • National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) -   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – led National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is an evidence-based lifestyle change program for preventing Type 2 diabetes.  The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight which reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with pre-diabetes.  It teaches participants strategies for incorporating physical activity into daily life and eating healthy.  Participants meet in a group setting to receive a 1-year lifestyle change program that includes 8 weekly sessions, then biweekly sessions for 7 months, followed by 3 monthly sessions to completition facilitate by a trained Lifestyle Coach.  Our program is listed in CDC’s Registry of Recognized Programs and is pending recognition. To find out if you may have prediabetes, take the risk test today at doihaveprediabetes.org. To take the test in Spanish visit doihaveprediabetes.org/es. Please note these links will open in a new window outside of the Florida Department of Health in Bay County.
      
  • Diabetes Self - Management Education (DSME) – Studies show that people who learn more about diabetes, have improved blood glucose levels, are better controlled, reduce their risk of complications and improve their quality of life.  The Advanced Diabetes Self - Management Education (ADSME) classes are facilitated and taught by diabetes educators at DOH-Bay and in community settings. Our program utilizes the International Diabetes Center (IDC) curriculum and we are accredited by the American Association of Diabetes Educator’s program.
  • Community Education – Presentations on special topics related to chronic disease prevention and management offered on a quarterly basis.
  • Diabetes Risk Screening – FDOH-Bay County clients and community members are offered the opportunity to take the diabetes risk test and have their blood screened to find out if he/she may be at risk for diabetes. It only takes a few minutes, doesn’t hurt and may put one on the path to a healthier tomorrow. Screenings may also be scheduled for community wide events upon request. 

The Diabetes Services Program is based on the philosophy that medical supervision, along with education in the area of prevention and self-care management, nutrition, exercise, medication, and attitude are important components in the successful prevention and management of diabetes.  Clients are self-referred to program services or referred by their primary health care provider for prevention, education and management training.

Diabetes Services Program’s hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00am through 4:30 pm. Consultations during alternate hours are possible with appointment.  Please contact any of our staff at:

Florida Department of Health in Bay County
597 West 11th Street
Panama City, Florida 32401
(850) 252-9656

Our Diabetes Services Program Team is composed of highly skilled health care professionals with the specializations and credentialing necessary to insure an optimal educational experience.  Our diabetes educators have multiple years of experience in successful diabetes education and program management.