North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council

The Diabetes Advisory Council (DAC) of North Carolina was created in 1984 as an advisory group to the Diabetes Prevention and Control program. The DAC works to reduce the burden of diabetes through coordination among the many stakeholders in diabetes control in North Carolina.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Educate and publicly validate early detection, treatment and self-management training for diabetes control, as a health priority for all North Carolinians.
  • Provide scientific credibility and public validity for new service priority areas and interventions based on evolving clinical and epidemiological studies and technology.
  • Foster interagency collaboration and networking for identification, utilization and expansion of resources for diabetes control services.
  • Evaluate, present and propose strategies for the control of diabetes in North Carolina in terms of assessed need, estimated costs, potential benefits and probability of success of each strategy.

2022 DAC Awards

Congratulations to our 2022 DAC Award Winners:

Health Care Provider Award:
Angie Watson, Pitt County Public Health Department

Health Care Provider Award:
Dr. Karen Scherr, MD, PhD, Duke University

Thank you for your work in diabetes prevention and management.

Click here for photos of the past award winners.

2023 DAC Awards and Scholarship Application Open: June 1 – July 31, 2023

DAC Workgroup Sign Up

Choose one or more workgroups to either join or lead, with support from the DAC Leadership Team.

Abstract Development Workgroup
The purpose of this workgroup is to develop a standard presentation including talking points and handouts for any NC DAC representatives who are interested in submitting abstracts to state, national or international meetings or conferences.

Membership Workgroup
The purpose of this workgroup is to develop a standardized process for identifying and engaging a diverse group of diabetes professionals to join the NC DAC as either stakeholders or voting members.

Activities may include:
1) Developing a member survey to send to multi-disciplinary networks or organizations,
2) Assist the NC DAC leadership team in increasing awareness of the Council to individuals and organizations that are involved in diabetes care, education and advocacy.

This group would also identify gaps in our membership against the list of member representatives desired and then reach out to those orgs to request representation.

Interest Survey Workgroup
The purpose of this workgroup is to develop an interest survey for current NC DAC voting members and stakeholders to identify professionals who desire to:
1) Continue to serve as voting members
2) Move from serving as stakeholders to voting members,
3) Increase involvement in the NC DAC by leading or participating in new workgroups, or
4) Present on current or future diabetes work during upcoming NC DAC meetings or other state or national professional meetings  

DAC Meetings:

Upcoming DAC Meetings

  • Friday, May 5, 2023
  • Friday, October 20, 2023

Previous DAC Meetings

Past Diabetes Advisory Council Meetings

NC Guide cover

This guide includes basic information about diabetes, its effects on the North Carolina population, and suggestions on how individuals can prevent and manage the disease.

PDFs of North Carolina’s Guide to Diabetes Prevention and Management 2020, as well as versions that include specific sections are available for downloading. All versions are available in both English and Spanish.

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The NC DAC Co-chairs, Laura Edwards and Chris Memering completed a webinar on the 2020 NC Guide to Diabetes Prevention and Management, which has now been released by Area L AHEC as a self-paced course, available for CEUs. Please take advantage of this and share with your networks.

Recording and CEUs Available Now Through May 2, 2023

Register Here


  • Discuss the NC’s Guide to Diabetes Prevention and Management 2020, including how it was developed, and incidence and prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes in North Carolina
  • Identify diabetes primary prevention strategies
  • Review diabetes diagnosis criteria, diabetes management and preventing complications
  • Describe social determinants of health related to prediabetes and diabetes
  • Identify strategies that individuals/organizations (communities, healthcare providers, insurers, employers, policy makers, etc.) can employ to address prediabetes and diabetes

Laura E Edwards, RN MPA
Christine E Memering, BSN, RN, CDE, FAADE, Certified Diabetes Educator 

Healthcare professionals that provide care to diabetic patients. 

CEU 1.00
Contact Hours 1.25
Nursing Contact Hours 1.25


Credit or proof of attendance will be contingent upon receipt of payment.

Diabetes Prevention and Management Resources