Healthcare providers play a vital role in preventing and controlling chronic diseases. In South Dakota that includes referring tobacco-using patients to the SD QuitLine, providing general health related information to patients, ensuring screenings for various chronic diseases take place, using health information technology to ensure overall quality of care, and linking patients to other community health and education resources. The information below includes tips for referring patients to available evidence-based chronic disease programs.
Healthcare Referrals to Chronic Disease Programs
National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) (educator map)
Refer patients with prediabetes or at-risk for type 2 diabetes. This is a year-long lifestyle change program.
Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Program (DSMES) (educator map)
Refer patients with diabetes. Patients are typically eligible to attend DSMES at diagnosis, annually, when complicating factors occur, and during transitions in care.
Park Rx (request park prescription pads)
Prescribe physical activity to your patients. Patients take the Rx to any state park and enjoy a free day in the park or discounted annual pass.
All Women Count!
Refer women age 30-64 who need breast or cervical cancer screening.
Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)
Social Media & Communication Resources
CDC Clear Communication Index – research-based tool to help you develop and assess public communication materials
Canva – website that allows users to create social media posts, documents, marketing materials and ads to promote community events, community health needs assessment activities, etc.
Community Health Improvement Plan (Action Planning) Resources
CDC Community Health Improvement Navigator – one-stop-shop that offers expert-vetted tools and resources to community stakeholders who lead or participate in CHI work
Clinical and Community Connections – Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Visit the South Dakota Good & Healthy Community Health Needs Assessment and Improvement Planning Toolkit for more information.