ESAHEC’s Prevent T2 program, offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program, is designed to help individuals with prediabetes reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. We welcome and encourage physician and provider referrals to our program.

Why Refer Patients to Prevent T2?

It’s built on research. According to the CDC, “A randomized, controlled clinical trial showed that completing this lifestyle change program reduced program participants’ chances of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% compared to placebo (71% for individuals aged 60 and older), nearly twice as much as the reduction among the group taking metformin (31%).” Source

It’s focused on long-term sustainability. The Prevent T2 program has a year-long curriculum focused on implementing gradual and consistent changes to diet and exercise routines. According to the CDC, “A 10-year follow-up study showed that participants were still one-third less likely to develop type 2 diabetes a decade later than individuals who took a placebo. Those who did develop type 2 diabetes delayed the onset of the disease by about 4 years.” Source

It’s convenient. ESAHEC offers the Prevent T2 program in person at locations in every Mid Shore county. We also offer the entire program virtually. Participants are expected to meet once a week for the first few months, and then once a month for the remainder of the program.

Find out if your patients are eligible.

To learn more about the program and how your practice can benefit, contact Shakira Abdulai, public health initiatives program manager, at or call 410-221-2600.

How to Refer Patients to Prevent T2

The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center offers the National Diabetes Prevention Program to residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties at no cost thanks to generous funding from the Maryland Department of Health. ESAHEC offers the National DPP at in-person settings such as churches, libraries, and senior centers, and also offers a convenient live online option. Making an electronic referral is easy through your EHR or you can click here to use the referral form.