BEATDiabetes offers text message-based digital health program for people with prediabetes and Type 2
diabetes that can be used in conjunction with DPP and DSMES programs. BEATDiabetes programs are
designed to support and reinforce diabetes prevention and self-management advice between classes or
clinical encounters, helping both patients and DPP/DSMES programs to achieve their goals.
BEATDiabetes is a 12-month program consisting of 3 components:
- ADVICE. Participants receive tips on healthy eating, active living, and diabetes prevention or self-
management 3-5 times a week by text.
- PROMPTS. Participants can schedule optional, customizable text reminders to exercise, take
medications, or check blood sugars.
- INCENTIVES. Participants can earn entries in the $1000 BEATDiabetes Drawing held 3 times a
year by achieving personalized hemoglobin A1C (DPP and DSMES) or weight loss (DPP) targets.
The program has shown good success to date. People with Type 2 diabetes who entered BEATDiabetes
with a baseline hemoglobin A1C> 7 have improved their A1C by an average of 1.1 points during the
course of the program.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is a CDC recognized provider of the diabetes lifestyle change program for
the prevention of diabetes. Trained Extension Lifestyle Coaches facilitate the 12-month program both in-
person and through distance learning throughout the Commonwealth. For more information about
Virginia Cooperative Extension Diabetes Prevention Program, visit our website. If you would like to be
contacted by a Lifestyle Coach, or are a healthcare professional interested in referring your patients to
the program, please complete the interest form using the link below.
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Virginia Center for Diabetes Prevention & Education’s (VCDPE) mission is to improve access to diabetes and diabetes prevention resources, training and evidence-based programs to health care and community care professionals in Virginia. VCDPE specializes in using innovative methods, such as telehealth, to increase access and quality of diabetes care. Some of the projects VCDPE is currently working on include, providing diabetes tele-education and diabetes referral network resources to health clinics in Virginia, providing technical assistance and lifestyle coach training to National Diabetes Prevention Programs in Virginia, supporting DMAS and VDH is piloting the National DPP for Medicaid MCO members. Learn more about VCDPE at https://med.virginia.edu/vcdpe/
The VCU Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) aims to develop a sense of community amongst DPP participants and lifestyle coaches to engage participants in achieving their lifestyle goals. We provide consistency with our lifestyle coaches throughout the sessions and facilitate conversations that allow relationships to develop between participants. Participants are paired up with pharmacy students from VCU School of Pharmacy who are trained as National DPP Lifestyle Coaches and check in with participants weekly. Our program sites include the VCU Health Hub at 25th Street and VCU Stony Point; however, we are primarily operating virtually at this time but will be resuming in person classes soon. Interested in learning more about the VCU DPP? Contact Madeleine Wagner via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, (804) 628-7614
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The Virginia Diabetes Council (VDC) is a non-profit focused on making positive changes in the trajectory of diabetes in Virginia. Our statewide organization aims to be the collective voice of diabetes through collaboration with partners and the work of our committees. Our committees focus on diabetes prevention (DPP), diabetes education (DSMES), diabetes in school (Schools), and diabetes advocacy (Advocacy). Please visit our website virginiadiabetes.org where you can read about our organization and committees, subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, complete an interest form in order to be contacted by a committee chair, or learn about upcoming events.
Led and operated by Health Quality Innovators (HQI), the Health Quality Innovation Network (HQIN) helps providers improve clinical and operational performance through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) program. Serving as the QIN-QIO for Virginia, HQIN works with community partners, nursing homes and clinicians to improve community and patient health outcomes at no cost to their organizations. Our partners are improving patient outcomes while contributing to national goals for care coordination, increasing patient safety, managing chronic disease, preventing COVID and other infections and increasing access to behavioral health. Learn more about HQIN: www.hqin.org