ActionNow! Coalition

ActionNow! was founded by community leaders to help local residents prevent, delay, or control diabetes and its serious consequences.

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The ActionNow! Community Diabetes Prevention and Control coalition began in the fall of 2003 at the initiative of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department and other community leaders including health, education, and business partners determined to defend our community against diabetes, a chronic disease that is rising dramatically. Also, diabetes is costly both in terms of human suffering and in terms of the economic burden to the community.


Our purpose is to address the concerns of the growing number of people with diabetes in Lincoln and Lancaster County and to prevent as many people as possible from developing the disease in the first place.


The coalition began with three main diabetes prevention subgroups:

  1. Prevention
  2. Risk Assessment and Referral
  3. Treatment and Management


Each group works on ways to help prevent, delay, and control diabetes. Ad hoc groups continue to form and dissolve as needs are identified and resolved.



The goals of the ActionNow! coalition are (1) to inform the community about the risk of developing diabetes and to bring attention to things that can be done to help prevent, delay, or control it; (2) to screen the citizenry for those who might have diabetes but don’t know it, so they can get early diagnosis and treatment to help prevent complications; and (3) to ensure that those who already have diabetes are receiving education and treatment so that their diabetes is controlled at the best possible level.



Membership consists of people from a wide variety of organizations including the community’s hospital-based diabetes education programs; local city, county, and state health departments; area schools, colleges, and university staff; nurses and dietitians; diabetic educators; and interested citizens. The composition of the coalition is constantly changing as more individuals and organizations learn of our work and join us.


We welcome all who are interested to join by either contacting us or by attending any meeting that is announced in the coalition minutes.


Contact Information


Partners and Their Affiliations

ActionNow! is a community-based coalition that includes concerned citizens and the following health, education, and business partners determined to defend our community from diabetes that threatens to bankrupt the health of our populous.

Hot Links for Coalition Partners

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Diabetes Prevention Plan

Read the National Plan for Action for the prevention of diabetes provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.


Eat Healthier

Get the diabetes news and the recipe of the day or a cookbook to help you and your patients eat healthier.


Nutrition & Health

Here’s your link to nutrition and health.


Helpful Hints for Planning Activities

Follow this link for a wealth of free information provided by the National Diabetes Education Program for you, your family, and your patients. Includes helpful hints for planning activities.


Diabetes Care & Education

Click here for diabetes care and education from the dietetic practice group of the American Dietetic Association.


Diabetes Interactive Tutorial

Follow this link to a great interactive tutorial about diabetes. Includes a Spanish version.


Financial Options for Diabetes Care

If you or your patients need help financially for diabetes care, this link is for you. Provides several options to obtain assistance.


Reports, News, Events

Click here for activities, reports, news, and events pertaining to diabetes.

*Find Local Diabetes Educator

Find a local diabetes educator for diabetes-related concerns and questions.



Get local, state, and national Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) stats and facts.


Preventive Services

Find out what community preventive services and interventions really work. Includes research reports, publications, and additional resources for diabetes prevention.

Creating a Prevention-Friendly Work Setting

Keeping employees healthy is good business. Click here for help on creating a prevention-friendly work setting and on actions you can take now to help prevent diabetes and its complications at work.

Diabetes Management

Click here to access information and tools to help you, your patient, or a loved one manage diabetes and prevent complications.


Prevention Messages, Products & Activities

For help identifying opportunities to incorporate diabetes prevention messages, products, and activities into your programs and services, visit this website and subscribe to the NDEP News & Notes monthly e-newsletter of the National Diabetes Education Program.


Prevention Tips

Click here for tips for preventing diabetes.