Some state workers and medical professionals are currently gathering public input for a statewide diabetes plan.
The plan would outline how the state and various agencies will work on diabetes treatment and prevention. Theresa Renn is coordinator of the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. She says many other states have plans in place, and Kentucky should be no different.
“We would really like to have that kind of consensus document to be able to guide our collective efforts over the next few years so one of the best ways to do that is to develop a state plan with a lot of input from folks across the state,” she says.
Renn is working with representatives from various diabetes organizations. The committee has posted a survey online for diabetes patients, their family members and their health care providers. The results will be reviewed at a meeting in September. Renn says a final plan will likely be complete by February.
More than one million Kentuckians either have diabetes or are at high risk of developing the disease.