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Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned


The following materials were developed from the work of the National Program Office, grantees and expert consultants.

Healthy Coping in Diabetes: A Guide for Program Development and Implementation

This Guide introduces program managers and patient care teams to a range of program and clinical approaches that address negative emotions and promote healthy coping in adults with diabetes. Its purpose is to promote awareness of healthy coping as an important component of diabetes management and offer guidance on program development or expansion in this area.  In addition to providing broad descriptions of several approaches, the Guide briefly addresses the nature and strength of the evidence supporting their effectiveness and provides some program examples from projects of the Diabetes Initiative that illustrate how these approaches have been implemented in different settings.  Finally, the Guide offers implementation considerations and provides information on additional resources for those interested in learning more. [Download Guide] For an overview of healthy coping, click here.


Building the Business Case for Diabetes Self Management: A Handbook for Program


This handbook for chronic disease program administrators and executives will help them make an effective business case for self management. This comprehensive handbook assembles in one place the rationale, methods and tools for building the business case for self-management programs. It covers a broad range of topics related to the business case and comes with spreadsheet templates that can be used to compute the return on investment for quality enhancing interventions in a variety of settings. It focuses on diabetes programs specifically, but has broad use for other chronic disease programs as well. [Download Handbook] [Download templates] [Download sample] (note: you will need to maximize the Excel® viewing window in order to see the available tabs)


The Diabetes Initiative was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2002 to 2009.
Archived in 2009, this site is a repository for information and resources gathered over the course of the Initiative.