Diabetes Prevention Program


The OMA has partnered with the American Medical Association (AMA) to combat diabetes and prediabetes in Oregon. In 2018, the two associations started coordinating efforts to equip Oregon physicians and physician assistants with information and resources to help them make a difference in the lives—and in the habits—of their patients.

Dr. Kevin Ewanchyna, OMA "Physician Champion"

The OMA "Physician Champion" in the area of the prevention of prediabetes and diabetes is Kevin Ewanchyna, MD.

Dr. Ewanchyna is a family physician who serves as the chief medical officer for both Samaritan Health Plan Operations and the InterCommunity Health Network CCO. He also serves as the OMA’s Secretary-Treasurer and on the OMA Board of Trustees, and is Co-chair of the Evidence Based Best Practices Committee of the Oregon Health Leadership Council. Dr. Ewanchyna was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, and is board certified in family medicine in both Canada and the United States. Dr. Ewanchyna completed his undergraduate degree, medical degree, and residency at the University of Saskatchewan, and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Outlining the Problem

339,900 Oregon adults have been diagnosed with prediabetes, according to the Oregon Health Authority. That’s 10.3% of the state’s population.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) places the number even higher. The CDC estimates that 34% of American adults have prediabetes…meaning that nearly 1.1 million Oregonians could have prediabetes, with most of them unaware of the condition.

45+ is the age the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that all adults be tested for diabetes and prediabetes once every three years, regardless of whether risk factors for diabetes or prediabetes are present.

However, only 65% of adults aged 45 and older who do not already have diabetes have had a blood sugar test within the past three years.

Educational and Informational Resources

The AMA's Prevent Diabetes STAT™ Program

A primary resource for providers is the AMA's Prevent Diabetes STAT™ website, which includes a free online toolkit to help healthcare teams screen, test, and refer at-risk patients to in-person or online diabetes prevention programs.

Diabetes Prevention Interview: Dr. Kevin Ewanchyna

In June 2018, the AMA conducted an interview with Dr. Ewanchyna. The interview touches on the role and impacts of physicians and healthcare teams in diabetes prevention. 

Oregon Diabetes Prevention Alignment Group

Partner organizations, collectively known as the Oregon Diabetes Prevention Alignment Group, met on June 5 in Portland to compare notes on efforts to prevent diabetes and prediabetes in Oregon. The OMA issued a media release to alert news outlets of the collaboration. The Oregon Diabetes Prevention Alignment Group consists of: the OMA, the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Public Health Division, the Coraggio Group, the Oregon Wellness Network (OWN), the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and HealthInsight Oregon. 

OMA Articles

Working closely with the AMA, the OMA is publishing to its website informational articles covering various aspects of diabetes-prediabetes prevention and care:

Diabetes Prevention Resources from Alignment Partners

The OMA-AMA Partnership

The Oregon Medical Association (OMA) is collaborating with the American Medical Association (AMA) to combat diabetes and prediabetes in Oregon, as part of the AMA’s ongoing work to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes nationwide. OMA efforts are part of a nationwide AMA program to partner with state medical societies to help reach more of the estimated 84 million Americans who unknowingly live with prediabetes—the precursor to type 2 diabetes.

As part of the OMA-AMA collaboration, the OMA will:

  • host four National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) educational sessions around the state
  • develop this webpage on diabetes prevention
  • work with the OMA’s diabetes prevention “physician champion,” Dr. Kevin Ewanchyna, on getting the word out on the collaboration

The models developed through these collaborations will be used to help galvanize more physicians throughout the country to screen their at-risk patients for prediabetes and refer those at high risk to evidenced-based National DPPs that have been shown to cut in half the risk of progressing to type 2 diabetes. This is the primary mission of Prevent Diabetes STAT™, a national collaboration between the AMA and the CDC launched in 2015.

This effort will also help bridge the gap between the clinical care setting and communities to reduce the incidence of type 2 diabetes by connecting more patients to evidence-based lifestyle change programs that are available in their communities, including programs offered where they work, through community and faith-based organizations, and online.

Live Statewide Trainings - Concluded Spring 2018

In spring 2018 the OMA offered in-person trainings for providers in Astoria, Corvallis, Klamath Falls, and Pendleton. Thank you to all who joined us! Faculty members included Dr. Kevin Ewanchyna, the OMA's diabetes "physician champion;" and Katrina Seipp, Project Manager at HealthInsight. Objectives included: describing the Type 2 diabetes trends and implications for clinical practice in Oregon; analyzing the evidence that supports referring patients with prediabetes to a lifestyle change program; and explaining the key steps physicians and care teams can take to prevent diabetes in Oregon. 

  • May 16, 12-1:30 p.m., Pendleton Convention Center, Pendleton
  • May 18, 12-1:30 p.m., Hampton Inn & Suites, Astoria
  • May 21, 12-1:30 p.m., Samaritan Albany General Hospital, CR-1A/1B, 3rd floor, Albany - with Dr. Kristy Jessop-Shankowski
  • May 29, 12-1:30 p.m., Mount Thielsen Room, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls 


ACCME Credit Designation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Oregon Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit Statement
Oregon Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




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