The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2014 that the rate of diabetes among adults was 9.0 percent. Alabama’s rate was significantly higher. Alabama had the third highest rate of diabetes in the nation, at 11.1 percent (CDC, 2014). The majority of Alabama is classified as rural or underserved, or both (CDC, 2014). Access to diabetes education was also a problem because only 28 percent of the counties in Alabama had official diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) programs, and most of these were in urban counties.
Read more to find out how atom Alliance team members in Alabama spread diabetes education to a majority of the state.