Thursday, April 19 • 8:00am - 8:30am
Small Town Act, Global Outreach: Digital Prediabetes and Diabetes Awareness

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An estimated 38% of adult Montanans have prediabetes. Between 15% and 30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. The Montana Diabetes Program has two main goals 1) It works to prevent type 2 diabetes by enrolling people at risk for diabetes in to the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), and 2) It provides Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) for people with the disease, as well as health care providers working with those patients.

The Montana Department of Public Health continues to learn how to combine and use spatial visualization and public health data, to better share information, and to promote health programs in our communities. To do that, we used the On-line ArcGIS to build two story maps for the DPP and the DSMES initiatives. We used cascading format to introduce the story maps. The opening stage provides quick overview of the burden of prediabetes and diabetes in Montana. Further, the cascading section hosts links to two separate story maps, one for the DPP story map, and one for the DSMES story map.

The DPP story map explains the services offered in the State, includes videos of current/past participants, lifestyle coaches, and medical providers, and it allows users to easily locate a DPP site. The story map uses dashboard function to display relevant data and the crowdsourcing tool collects feedback from the public.

The DSMES story map illustrates the importance of diabetes educators with interactive maps on how to access diabetes education site in your community. It also links healthcare providers with resources for their practice and patients with diabetes. Like the DPP story map, the DSMES story map, includes layers of where to find healthy foods, parks and trails, and gathers public feedback.


Dorota Carpenedo

Since 2008, Mrs. Carpenedo has been working as an epidemiologist for the MTDPHHS. Over the past 5 years, she has been promoting the work of the Diabetes Program, especially the DPP through national presentations, webinars, and research publications. Recently, she also joined the Montana... Read More →

Thursday April 19, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Helena Room