Diabetes 101 for the CHW

In the past few decades, diabetes has increasingly become a public health crisis. The number of people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014. Diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and lower-limb amputation. Recent research has also shown a connection between diabetes and dementia, hearing loss, and some forms of cancer. Diabetes increases the risk of early death, and diabetes-related complications can lower quality of life.

This course is 3 hours long and is offered via ZOOM and in-person. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Fast Facts on Diabetes


  • Total: 37.3 million people have diabetes (11.3% of the US population)
  • Diagnosed: 28.7 million people, including 28.5 million adults
  • Undiagnosed: 8.5 million people (23.0% of adults are undiagnosed)


  • Total: 96 million people aged 18 years or older have prediabetes (38.0% of the adult US population)
  • 65 years or older: 26.4 million people aged 65 years or older (48.8%) have prediabetes

More and more, CHWs are being integrated onto health care teams specifically to improve diabetes health outcomes. Early research demonstrates the value added to teams through CHWs. Effective training on diabetes is critical to helping CHWs work at the top of their skill set Taught by a Registered Nurse, this course offers CHWs the basics in diabetes understanding and care.

What You’ll Learn:

At the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic pathophysiology of diabetes
  • Define risk factors for diabetes
  • Be able to state normal blood sugar ranges
  • Describe the connection between diabetes and heart disease
  • Understand the role of social determinants/influencers of health in diabetes management
  • Define prediabetes and the risk factors for prediabetes.
  • Describe how a CHW can improve outcomes in diabetes patients
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