Health Department

Joel Strasz - Public Health Director
Kathy Janer - Public Health Nursing Manager
Melissa Maillette - Emergency Preparedness & Health Education Manager
Amy Revette - WIC Manager
Mark Pickell - Business Services Manager
Joel Kwiatkowski - Environmental Health Manager
Dr. Kirk Herrick - Medical Director
Dr. Howard Hurt - Medical Examiner
Bay County Health Department
1200 Washington Avenue
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Voice: (989) 895-4009
Fax: (989) 895-4014
TDD/TTL: (989) 895-4049
Health Information Line: (989) 895-4192

Diabetes Prevention Program


What is the Diabetes Prevention Program?

The Bay County Health Department is partnering with the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA) to provide the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for Bay County residents. This is a FREE program for adults in Bay County who have pre-diabetes and are at risk of developing diabetes.

The DPP is year-long program, which consists of 16-weekly core sessions followed by 8-monthly post-core sessions, participants are taught strategies for incorporating physical activity into daily life and eating healthy. Trained “DPP Lifestyle Coaches” work with participants to identify emotions and situations that can sabotage their success and the group process encourages participants to share strategies for dealing with challenging situations. Sessions meet for 1 hour.


For Participants

Diabetes Prevention Program - Informational Flyer

Program Sessions and Topics

Know Your Risk - Diabetes Risk Assessment 

Patient Consent Form

If you are interested in participating in the program, please complete the Know Your Risk form and fax it in along with the Patient Consent form and staff will contact you to get you enrolled.

For Providers

Diabetes Prevention Program - Informational Flyer

Patient Referral Form 

Patient Consent Form


If you have a patient who is eligible for and interested in participating in the DPP, please fill out the Patient Referral form and fax it in along with the Patient Consent From.

Upcoming Classes

Tuesday, November 10th from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dow Corning Employees
Bay City Site
Lifestyle Coach - Tracy Metcalfe
(989) 895-2027 

Wednesday, June 24th from 6:00-7:00 at the Bay County Community Center
Lifestyle Coach - Liz Warmbier 
(989) 895-4281