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What is PreventionLink?
PreventionLink is a FREE program to help you prevent or manage diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol so that you can live a longer, healthier life.
If you are prediabetic, please know that it’s possible to reverse prediabetes and reduce your risk for heart disease. PreventionLink can help.
PreventionLink is available to residents of Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s counties.
Additionally, PreventionLink can work with you and your primary care physician to address barriers such as transportation, lack of health insurance, or lack of social support that might impact your ability to live as many healthy years as possible.
What services does PreventionLink offer to help me prevent or manage chronic disease?
- Diabetes self-management & education. Enroll in in-person and interactive online classes that will teach you how to prevent diabetes or get better control of your diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
- Medical therapy management. Work with a pharmacist who will conduct a thorough review of your medications for any possible drug interactions and medication-related problems. You may also be able to reduce the amount of medicine you have to take.
- Personalized support. Receive one-on-one support from a community health worker. The CHW will work with you and your primary care physician to help you stay on track and reach your goals.
My primary care physician is already helping me manage my diabetes, high blood pressure, or cholesterol. Why should I join PreventionLink?
The PreventionLink program can act as a useful addition to your existing care, working directly with your primary care physician to help you get better control of your health.
PreventionLink can help link you to the resources you need to improve your health.
Whether your goal is to improve your blood sugar level or blood pressure, lose weight, eat better, or be more active, PreventionLink can bring you one step closer to your personal health objectives.
I would love to join PreventionLink, but it might be hard for me to get to the classes. What can I do?
If you qualify for PreventionLink, you may be able to work with a community health worker, who can link you to resources for transportation assistance to access the PreventionLink services. You may also have the option to participate in online classes to manage your diabetes, prediabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
Am I eligible for PreventionLink?
You are eligible if you:
- Are 18 years or older.
- Are a Maryland resident living in Prince George's, St. Mary's, Charles, or Calvert counties.
- Have a diagnosis of diabetes, high cholesterol, or hypertension (high blood pressure) or have prediabetes or are at risk for heart disease.
- Have received a referral from your primary care physician.
How do I join PreventionLink?
If you think you qualify for PreventionLink and would like to join the program, kindly ask your primary care doctor for a referral.
If you are eligible for PreventionLink, your doctor’s office will invite you to join and coordinate your enrollment. All you need to do is complete the consent form.
Does it cost anything to join PreventionLink?
PreventionLink services are generally free for residents of Southern Maryland.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation and Telehealth Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support programs may require a small copay, depending on your insurance Contact us for more details.
What will I need to do if I join PreventionLink?
To ensure that you derive all benefits from our programs, we ask…
- that you are willing to work with your primary care physician and attend PreventionLink classes to get better control of your health,
- agree to participate in PreventionLink services for one year,
- follow through on referrals to community resources, and
- answer questions to help improve PreventionLink services.
How can I get more information about PreventionLink?
Speak with your primary care physician or call us at 301-883-7220, or email PreventionLink@co.pg.md.us.