Diabetes Program Overview

The Diabetes Program focuses on improving blood glucose and cardiovascular risk, including better control of hypertension, lipid treatment, smoking cessation, and use of aspirin and statins to prevent cardiac events.

In addition, the Program focuses on improving patient’s diabetes-related knowledge and self-care, while also improving satisfaction with care. We also believe that lasting improvements in clinical outcomes may not be attainable without addressing social disparity and treating and screening for depression. Interestingly, improvements appear greatest for the most vulnerable patients, including those with low educational attainment and poor reading skills. The program provides services from within the ACC-based UNC Internal Medicine Clinic. We also provide feedback to UNC providers regarding the quality of care they are providing.

The Diabetes Program assists patient and providers in multiple types of encounters:

  • Diabetes Care Assistants support patient and provider at PCP visits in clinic
  • Diabetes Care Assistants provide telephone follow-up
  • Diabetes Mid-Level Providers (Pharm D and NP) provide specialized diabetes visits for patients
  • Dietitian (RD) can meet with patients for scheduled or drop-in visits
  • Diabetes Self-Management class provides a group setting for patients to learn self-management skills
  • Diabetes yearly eye screening can be done in clinic without the need for dilation


Diabetes and Dietitian appointments can be made in 2 ways:

  • Referral sent via Epic
  • Patient can call 919-966-1459 or 1-800-862-4938 (toll free) to request an appointment


          Recognition of Quality Care

The Internal Medicine Clinic at UNC Health Care has been awarded Recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Diabetes Physician Recognition Program (DPRP).  NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.  The recognition programs are built on evidence-based, nationally recognized clinical standards of care.  NCQA, in partnership with the American Diabetes Association, developed the DPRP, to recognize physicians who have met standards demonstrating delivery of high-quality care to patients with diabetes. 

“Physicians who earn recognition through the Diabetes Physician Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes care,” said John Buse, MD., PhD, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association.   

We strive to continually measure and improve the care we provide to our patients with diabetes. Earning NCQA recognition shows the high level of care we provide.

The official NCQA directory of Recognized programs can be accessed at http://recognition.ncqa.org   

For more information on diabetes-related quality improvement efforts, please see our Monthly Reports and PDSAs.


Diabetes Program Brochure

Diabetes Program Background

Diabetes Program Stepped-Care Approach

Diabetes Program Faculty and Staff

Diabetes Research Summary


Patient Tools and Resources - Please see our diabetes page for patients for diabetes-related handouts, including blood sugar logs