Continuous Stakeholder Engagement

Expanding the Role of Pharmacists in Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Through the National Diabetes Prevention Program

Leslie W. Ross, MPH; Farida Bana, MPH; Rachel J. Blacher, MPH; Judith McDivitt, PhD; Joshua Petty, MBA; John Beckner, RPh; Robert Montierth, PharmD, MBA


Prev Chronic Dis. 2020;17(6):e41 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


The pharmacy sector is a key partner in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), as pharmacists frequently care for patients at high risk for type 2 diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed to increase pharmacist involvement in the program by leveraging partnerships with national pharmacy stakeholders. Continuous stakeholder engagement helped us to better understand the pharmacy sector and its needs. With stakeholders, we developed a guide and promotional campaign. By following a systematic process and including key stakeholders at every step of development, we successfully engaged these valuable partners in national type 2 diabetes prevention efforts. More pharmacy sites (n = 87) are now offering the National DPP lifestyle change program compared to before release of the guide (n = 27).