In Copenhagen, the programme’s research informed the city’s Diabetes
Action Plan in 2016, which aimed to address inequalities in diabetes
management. The findings also led to targeted interventions such as
the establishment of a specialised diabetes centre, a community-based
mentor programme and a community action research initiative focused on
the most vulnerable populations.
A hub for diabetes support and advice
The first of its kind in Denmark, the Center for Diabetes and Heart
Disease has since 2016 provided citizens living with type 2 diabetes
or heart disease with systematic, evidence-based support and advice.
In addition to a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals,
including nurses, physiotherapists and dieticians, the centre offers a
health-promoting environment with daily activities, patient education,
physical exercise and cooking classes.
Peer mentoring programme
One of the key interventions run by the Center for Diabetes and
Heart Disease is a peer-mentoring programme. Cities Changing Diabetes
research in Copenhagen found that unemployed men over the age of 40
with limited social networks are particularly vulnerable to developing
diabetes. In 2017, the programme launched to help build a peer-to-peer
social network for men so that they feel more motivated to make
lasting lifestyle changes. The programme recruits and connects mentors
and mentees based on their proximity to one another.
Impressive results and high ambitions
The centre plays a central role in the updated Diabetes and Heart
Action Plan 2022-25, both as an effective and valued service provider
and as a national and international knowledge hub.
Mobilising communities for social and health actions
Tingbjerg Changing Diabetes is a long-term
community intervention initiative to promote health and prevent type 2
diabetes among high-risk population groups living in the socially
deprived neighbourhood of Tingbjerg in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is a
place-based approach that includes numerous coordinated interventions
driven by multiple stakeholders across various everyday settings. As
part of the programme, the city’s Center for Diabetes has opened a
satellite office in Tingbjerg.
"In recent years, Copenhagen has made great progress in the
fight against diabetes. We have had greater focus on health
inequalities. Because we know that vulnerable citizens have a higher
risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes. We have opened
our country’s first dedicated Center for Diabetes where citizens who
live with type 2 diabetes can co-create the self-management
assistance they need. The demand has been so great that we are now
building a new centre."
— Sisse Marie Welling, Mayor of Health and Care.
Copenhagen fact sheet
Learn more about the Copenhagen Center for
Diabetes and Heart Disease
Copenhagen Center for Diabetes intervention catalogue
Copenhagen Center for Diabetes handbook for diabetes buddies
Download the Center for Diabetes and Heart Disease
impact report 2022
Download the Copenhagen Action plan for Diabetes
and Heart Disease