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February Partner Spotlight

The Texas Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Incorporates NDEP Messages and Materials in its “Get Tested Today” Campaign

Texas Diabetes Prevention and Control Program The Texas Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) at the Texas Department of State Health Services administers grant-funded initiatives and contracted services to address current issues affecting people with diabetes and those at risk of getting diabetes. The Texas DPCP maintains a statewide system of quality education services for all people with diabetes and health care professionals who offer diabetes treatment and education. Programs and activities are made possible through state and federal funding and partnerships with other organizations across the state that share a vision of a Texas free of diabetes and its complications.

Outreach and Promotions

The Texas DPCP used the National Diabetes Education Program’s (NDEP) messages and materials as part of their public awareness campaign, “Get Tested Today,” developed to encourage Hispanic populations to get tested for diabetes.

Texas Diabetes Prevention and Control Program The first step in developing the campaign was market research, specifically, targeted research on Hispanic and Latino populations in Texas. Research showed that getting tested to prevent the complications of diabetes – such as heart attack or stroke, nerve damage in hands and feet that can lead to amputations, and eye problems that can lead to blindness – was the message that resonated best with the target population. They also learned that Hispanics and Latinos are avid users of technology, including mobile phones, and go online using their mobile devices. This information was used to guide their campaign messages and outreach strategy, which featured television and radio public service announcements in English and Spanish, as well as online and mobile phone advertising. All outreach directed people to the diabetes prevention website, www.preventtype2.org.

The “Get Tested Today” campaign messages and website were based on language from the NDEP’s Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes toolkit and other diabetes prevention resources. For example, the website promoted NDEP’s Diabetes HealthSense online resource and behavior change videos from Diabetes HealthSense such as Managing Type 2 Diabetes: Sorcy’s Story. The site also included links to NDEP’s family health history information and resources.

Results and Lessons Learned

The campaign drove increased visits to www.preventtype2.org, which received more than 30,000 visits in December. Online advertising generated more than 47 million impressions resulting in 54,000 clicks during the month. A focus on online and mobile promotions showed immediate campaign results, so ads could be tailored as needed to drive even more people to the website. Additionally, the NDEP provided access to messages and materials that could be used and adapted for the campaign.

For more information about these activities, contact Richard Kropp at Richard.kropp@dshs.state.tx.us.


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