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Diabetes Prevention Program at SWOSU Gains Full Recognition

Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Rural Health Center (RHC) has achieved the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) full recognition for the university’s Diabetes Prevention Program on the Weatherford campus.

The designation is reserved for programs that have effectively delivered a quality, evidence-based program that meets all of the standards for CDC recognition. The approval is through October 2022.

Sarah Yount, pharmacist with the SWOSU RHC and head of the Diabetes Prevention Program, was recently notified by Dr. Ann Albright, director of the Division of Diabetes Translation with the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

“With diabetes as an epidemic in our nation and state, we are proud of our RHC and the progress we have made in creating awareness of the importance of diabetes prevention,” Young said. “We are privileged to offer this proven program to individuals throughout rural Oklahoma and hope to continue to serve the over 1 million Oklahomans with prediabetes.”

The full recognition also allows the SWOSU RHC to enroll in Medicare as a Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program supplier.

“You and your colleagues should be extremely proud of this accomplishment,” Albright said to SWOSU officials. “It is programs like yours that are turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic of type 2 diabetes.”

For additional information about the RHC and its programs, contact Dr. Randy Curry at 580.774.3760 or