Diabetes Ten City Challenge

Tampa, FL


Two municipal government entities in the Tampa Bay area, the Manatee County Government and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, are offering the Diabetes Ten City Challenge to their more than 14,000 insured employees and dependents. 

Manatee County Government

  • Participation in the DTCC was offered to approximately 7,600 employees and dependents insured through Manatee County’s Manatee Choice Health Plan 
  • Participants who meet regularly with a pharmacist as prescribed by the program had co-pays waived by their employer for diabetes medications and supplies
  • Participants who stayed current on diabetes indicators such as A1C, lipid test, eye exams and foot exams received additional incentives according to their Health Benefits Plan Program
  • Participating pharmacists from the County’s preferred pharmacy provider network ( Medical Arts, Foster Drugs, Pelots, and Sweetbay Supermarket pharmacists) met with patients to track their condition and provide education on diabetes
  • Pharmacists are specially trained and certified in diabetes care
  • Additional resources available to participating patients include a diabetes nurse, Certified Diabetes Educators, dietitians, lifestyle coaches and a local endocrinologist

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

  • Participation in the DTCC is offered to the nearly 7,000 employees and dependents covered by the Sheriff’s Office health insurance plan, including approximately 500 retirees
  • Volunteers who participate in the program met with pharmacists in a network that was trained and organized by the Florida Pharmacy Association
  • The program was part of the Sheriff’s Office all-encompassing wellness program that combines fitness and disease management      

About Tampa Bay

Population: 3,997,975 
Households: 1,563,577
Total Personal Income: $124.1 billion

Relevant Statistics

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control:

  • 8.1 percent of Florida adults were diagnosed with diabetes in 2004, compared to 5.0 percent in 1994
  • 15 percent of Florida’s population between ages 65 and 74 has diabetes
  • Each year, 200,000 people die of complications from diabetes, and an additional 100,000 are affected by blindness, kidney failure, heart disease and problems of the lower extremities, including amputations

For more information, view Tampa's factsheet.