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Niagara County Department of Health awarded CDC recognition

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Tue, Feb 19th 2019 03:15 pm

On Feb. 6, the Niagara County Department of Health Nursing Division was lauded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“We are delighted to award your organization CDC full recognition. This is a remarkable achievement of which you should be very proud. This designation will be noted on the national registry website,” said Ann Albright, director of division of diabetes translation, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC.

This achievement is the result of several years’ worth of work by the nursing division in offering the program to residents of Niagara County. To achieve the recognition, the nursing division had to monitor and evaluate participants’ data and then submit the data in compliance with the diabetes prevention recognition program (DPRP) standards and operating procedures. This designation assures the quality of recognized organizations.

The purpose of the DPRP is to recognize organizations that have demonstrated an ability to effectively deliver a proven type 2 diabetes prevention lifestyle change program. The DPRP is committed to ensuring health equity by increasing access to diabetes prevention lifestyle change programs among vulnerable populations and those living in rural areas.

“We are pleased to offer the evidence-based diabetes prevention program to community members interested in learning lifestyle changes to drastically reduce their risk of diabetes, and we are happy with the number of success stories resulting from the program to date. It is an honor for this program and the Niagara County Department of Health to be recognized in this way,” said Daniel J. Stapleton, Niagara County public health director.

Diabetes prevention program workshops run for 16 consecutive weeks, followed by six to eight monthly sessions to offer additional support and help in maintaining lifestyle changes. For more information about the DPP, call the nursing division at 716-278-1900.

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