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Alaska Diabetes Coalition

Alaska Diabetes Coalition



Program Contacts

Diabetes Prevention and Control
3601 C Street, Suite 722
Anchorage, AK 99503
P.O. Box 240249,
Anchorage, AK 99524-0249

Webpage updated March 2024

Diabetes Prevention and Control Program - web banner showing Alaskans engaging in healthy lifestyles.

Diabetes Prevention and Control Program

Diabetes is serious, controllable and preventable.


Diabetes is a health condition that can increase the likelihood of heart disease and stroke. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to significant disability, including blindness, amputations, and kidney failure. On average, people with diabetes have health care costs that are more than two times higher than those without diabetes.

Prediabetes is a health condition involving blood sugar levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.


  • Prediabetes can be reversed with a few lifestyle changes before it becomes type 2 diabetes.
  • Type 2 diabetes can be controlled to prevent life-threatening illness and disability.

Our program:

  • Provides a statewide network of proven effective lifestyle change programs designed to:
    • prevent type 2 diabetes among people who have the highest chances of developing the condition (those with prediabetes).
    • prevent or delay the onset of complications among people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
  • Connects Alaska adults to free online programs to prevent and manage diabetes and other chronic diseases through Alaska’s Fresh Start campaign
  • Educates Alaskans about the serious health consequences related to uncontrolled diabetes and about the programs available to help them prevent and manage diabetes.
  • Engages health care partners across the state to increase screening for diabetes and availability of in-person and online diabetes prevention and self-management programs.
  • Monitors the percentage of Alaskans with diabetes.

Individuals and health care providers can help prevent and control diabetes by doing the following:


Health Care Providers

Health Systems

  • Create new Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Services and Diabetes Prevention Programs to increase availability and accessibility.
  • Develop and use electronic health record referral systems to connect patients with services to prevent and manage diabetes. Contact us for assistance.
  • Work with pharmacists to help patients with diabetes manage their medications.