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Diabetes Prevention and Control Program


The Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP) resides within the Population and Community Health Bureau in the Public Health Division of the New Mexico Department of Health.


New Mexicans have the resources and skills to prevent or effectively manage type 2 diabetes.


Reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes and its complications among New Mexicans through proven prevention and self-management education services, community-based and health system partnerships, and training for health care professionals.


The Diabetes Prevention and Control Program works on specific diabetes efforts that address both the prevention and management of diabetes. The populations we serve are adults with type 2 diabetes, adults with prediabetes or otherwise at high risk for type 2 diabetes, and those with related chronic conditions, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. The DPCP three main goals relate to prevention, management, and health equity.

  • Goal 1: Prevent or delay diabetes.
  • Goal 2: Prevent complications, disabilities and burden associated with diabetes and related chronic conditions.
  • Goal 3: Advance health equity to improve health outcomes and quality of life among all New Mexicans.


Logo of Paths to Health.
Paths to Health NM: Tools for Healthier Living is a group of programs that support people to prevent or manage diabetes, other chronic health conditions or injuries. These programs help adults gain the confidence and skills they need to manage their health needs.

Benefits of the Paths to Health NM Programs

  • Increased confidence and self-management skills in participants.
  • Improved health benefits and quality of life among participants.
  • Programs can prevent or reduce the risk of chronic health conditions.
  • Programs are multicultural and for adults of all ages.

Paths to Health New Mexico Programs include:

National Diabetes Prevention Program - A year-long program for adults who have prediabetes or are at risk for developing diabetes.

Kitchen Creations - A series of 4 cooking classes that teach healthy cooking and eating for adults with diabetes.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program - 6-week programs that support adults with a range of chronic health problems (available in Spanish).

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Prevention - A 16-session exercise program that improves muscle strength, flexibility, balance and mobility to prevent falls.

Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance - A 6-month exercise program that focuses on 8 Tai Chi forms to improve balance and strength.

A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls - An 8-session program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase physical activity.

Otago - A 4-month physical therapy program for older adults at the highest risk of falling.

Walk with Ease - An Arthritis Foundation program proven to reduce the pain of arthritis and improve overall health

The YMCA Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring (Y-BPSM) program - A 4-month program designed to help adults with hypertension lower and manage their blood pressure.

Value of Referring Patients to Paths to Health NM Programs

  • Programs train patients in self-management skills that complement the clinical care and disease-specific education delivered by healthcare professionals.
  • Programs allow patients to build the confidence and motivation needed to manage their own health.
  • Programs provide a gateway to additional community-based support services.
  • Programs have been extensively researched and provide documented health benefits.
Provider Patient Referral Form.

Refer a Patient to a Paths to Health NM Program.

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Find a Class and learn more about the available programs.

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