Focus on Diabetes™

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) with support from VSP® Vision Care and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. has launched the Focus on Diabetes™ (FOD) initiative to focus on the crucial role annual comprehensive eye exams play in the early detection, intervention, and prevention of eye disease and vision loss caused by diabetes. By targeting the gaps in the most prevalent comorbidities associated with diabetes, this campaign helps to bend the curve in preventing and reducing the risk of diabetes-related eye disease. 

The FOD initiative supports health care providers in educating their patients both at-risk and living with diabetes on the importance of annual comprehensive eye exams. FOD increases patients’ engagement in the early detection, intervention and prevention of eye disease and vision loss caused by diabetes. Additional information about the ADA’s FOD initiative can be found here:

Click here to download the Focus on Diabetes One Pager_Updated May 2022

Why You Should Schedule Your Annual Dilated Eye Exam 1 Pager

Por qué debe programar su examen anual de la vista con dilatación de las pupilas 1 Pager

As part of Focus on Diabetes, the ADA has partnered with NACHW to create a resource training on diabetes and how it relates to eye health.

NACHW Toolkit and Training for Focus on Diabetes


Focus on Diabetes (FoD) Presentation with Speaker’s Notes 

Focus on Diabetes (FoD) Presentation

NACHW Focus on Diabetes Toolkit of English Handouts

Post-Presentation Survey 

Kit de herramientas y capacitación de NACHW para Enfoque en Diabetes

Focus on Diabetes (FoD)-Espanol.pptx with Speaker’s Notes

Focus on Diabetes (FoD)-Espanol PDF Presentation 

NACHW Focus on Diabetes Toolkit of Spanish Handouts 

Post-Presentation Survey in Spanish 

American Diabetes Association Joint Webinars! 

On May 10th, 2022 NACHW partnered with the ADA to present a webinar on our partnership and to celebrate Healthy Vision Month! NACHW Focus on Diabetes Webinar Slides 5-10-22

On August 30th, 2022 NACHW and the American Diabetes Association held a Roundtable for Community Health Workers Working to Prevent and Manage Diabetes and Eye Health. Watch the recording above for more information on managing, diet, exercise, and long-term eye health. 

Important Resources from the ADA:

ADA CHW Professional Membership:

Diabetes Risk Test

Diabetes and Eye Health:

Living with Diabetes: Ask the Experts Q&A Series

Living With Type 2 Diabetes

There are several ways that people living with type 2 diabetes can immediately take action. Individuals should talk with their doctor at their next appointment about ways to reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke. The resources below are available to help continue the conversation with loved ones and doctors.

Sign up here to receive ADA’s Living With Type 2 Diabetes Program, a free, year-long program, to reduce your risks and receive ongoing support for your personal health journey.

Locating Free or Low-Cost Eye Care: