About the Diabetes and Health Behavior Unit
To work with communities to prevent diabetes and improve the lives of all Minnesotans affected by diabetes.
All Minnesotans have access to high quality education, health care and supportive environments to ensure they can live the healthiest lives possible.
The reality of diabetes in Minnesota
- In 2017, 7.8% of Minnesota adults had been diagnosed with diabetes (type 1 or 2).1
- Around in 1 in 10 people with diabetes do not know that they have the disease.2
- Ethnic groups other than non-Hispanic white experience more type 2 diabetes.2,3
- Two out of three Minnesota adults are overweight or obese in 2017,1 a leading contributor to type 2 diabetes.
The Diabetes and Health Behavior Unit serves Minnesota in four ways:
- Utilizing trend data to raise awareness, monitor progress and inform strategies to reduce incidence of diabetes and prediabetes in Minnesota
- Promoting and supporting healthy behaviors for people with diabetes and those at risk for type 2 diabetes.
- Supporting improvements in the health care system that address diabetes prevention and care.
- Partnering with communities to increase and sustain local diabetes prevention and diabetes management programs.
The Diabetes and Health Behavior Unit works across Minnesota with local public health, communities, health care systems, health care providers, businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, faith communities and others to increase awareness about diabetes, diabetes prevention and proven diabetes management and lifestyle programs. We collaborate with partners to address barriers and improve systems so it is as easy as possible for all individuals to get the information, support, and services they need.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the major funder for the Diabetes and Health Behavior Unit’s work in Minnesota.
Diabetes Unit Staff
Teresa Ambroz, MPH, RDN, LN • Diabetes Manager • 651-201-4724 • email@example.com
Julie Dalton, MS, MCHES • Diabetes Prevention Planner • 651-201-5425 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Kris Haugen, MPH • Worksite Wellness Coordinator • 651-201-4134 • email@example.com
Renee Kidney, PhD, MPH • Epidemiologist Principal • 651-201-5429 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Esther Maki, RN, MS, PHN • Nurse Specialist • 651-201-5982 • email@example.com
Regina Marino, MPH • CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellow • 651-201-5965 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin McHenry • Communications Specialist • 651-201-3532 • email@example.com
Amy Michael • Arthritis Program Coordinator • 651-201-3892 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurel Reger, MBA • Care Improvement Planner • 651-201-5434 • email@example.com
Martha Roberts, MPH • Policy Coordinator • 651-201-4092 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Tricia Sandberg • Office Specialist • 651-201-5435 • email@example.com
Ann Schulte • Diabetes Prevention Planner • 651-201-4153 • firstname.lastname@example.org
1CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Study
2Selvin, E et al. 2017 Identifying Trends in Undiagnosed Diabetes in U.S. Adults by Using a Confirmatory Definition. Ann Intern Med. 167(11):769-776.
3 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases