Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen launches new international network at global diabetes summit in Houston, Texas

At a global diabetes summit in Houston Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen (SDCC) launched its newly established global network. The purpose of the network is to support and consolidate health promotion in cities participating in the Cities Changing Diabetes (CCD) programme.


Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen (SDCC) participated in the diabetes summit on 26 and 27 October in Houston as a global partner in collaboration with the other two global partners (UCL and NN) and representatives from the nine cities participating in the Cities Changing Diabetes (CCD) programme. The programme unites major cities in the fight against diabetes.

This is the second time that partners and representatives of the programme have met at a summit to discuss how to reduce the prevalence of diabetes worldwide. Projections indicate that, unless radical action is taken, the number of people with diabetes will increase by 300 million to a total of 736 million by 2045.

At the summit Senior Researcher Paul Bloch, Special Consultant Anne Skov Jensen, and Head of Health Promotion Bjarne Bruun Jensen presented a new global network, the CAR-Network, which they have taken the initiative to establish.

CAR is short for Community Action Research. The objective of CAR is to break down the boundaries between research and development by involving local residents and stakeholders in local evaluation processes and by involving researchers in local-community development processes. This will improve residents' motivation and skills when it comes to taking responsibility for local development, which will in turn contribute to reducing social inequalities in health. Moreover, the network will strengthen local relevance and engagement and the sustainability of preventive measures in local communities, all of which contribute to bringing about healthier cities.
"We've taken the initiative to create this network because the CDD programme is now entering a more action-orientated phase in which the goal is to develop new interventions that can help reduce the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes. In this phase the involvement of local residents and the decision to work across local communities – the so-called supersetting approach – are an obvious approach that will serve to engage and unite cities across the world," said Mr Bruun Jensen.

"We hope that the CAR-Network will foster a broad interest among development partners and academic partners in the Cities Changing Diabetes programme, such that the network contributes to establishing genuine collaboration across cities. This will be a crucial indicator of success for the network," said Mr Bloch.

The network is open to everyone with an interest in involving the public in health promotion in local communities. You can read more about what the CAR-Network has to offer on their website.

If you want to learn more about the network, feel free to contact Network Coordinator Anne Skov Jensen ( or Network Manager Paul Bloch (  at SDCC.

About the Cities Changing Diabetes (CCD) programme

The CCD is a partnership programme initiated by Novo Nordisk A/S in response to the urgent challenge posed by the dramatic rise in diabetes in urban areas. Cities currently participating in the CCD are Copenhagen, Houston, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Rome, Shanghai, Tianjin, Xiamen and Vancouver. You can read more about the programme on the CCD’s website.


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