Steering Toward Health

The Oregon Health Authority and OMA are partnering to launch the Steering Toward Health campaign, a multiyear initiative that aims to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes and other serious, lifestyle-related chronic conditions, such as heart disease and stroke, in Oregon. Access resources on the OMA's diabetes and prediabetes prevention webpage

The Steering Toward Health effort focuses on reaching more of our state’s 1.1 million adults living with prediabetes, a precursor to diabetes, and connecting them to evidence-based lifestyle change programs. 

To facilitate the process of detecting and treating prediabetes, the OMA and OHA have co-created an online toolkit that offers research-based materials for healthcare providers and patients. The guide contains Oregon-specific resources, as well as the American Medical Association’s best methods to screen and refer high-risk patients to diabetes prevention programs. 

Once a patient has been diagnosed with prediabetes, providers can refer them to National Diabetes Prevention Programs (National DPPs), available across the state or online. Recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these yearlong interventions have been shown to reduce participants’ risk of diabetes and other chronic conditions by promoting modest weight loss, regular exercise, and self-management of health habits over the long term. National DPPs are now covered by the Oregon Health Plan (OHP), Medicare, and some private insurance plans.