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Spreading Diabetes Prevention in Communities Across New York State

  • By: NYSHealth
  • Date: June 2015
  • Priority Area: Diabetes Prevention and Management
  • Type: Grant Outcome Reports
  • Category: Grant Outcome Report
  • Document: Download
  • Grantee Name: YMCA of New York State, Inc.


In New York State, an estimated 4.5 million people have prediabetes, a condition that heightens a person’s risk for developing diabetes and its complications. While curbing the diabetes epidemic is a daunting task, strong evidence has emerged in support of strategies to prevent diabetes. Specifically, the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) was identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an effective, evidence-based public health program. This lifestyle intervention has been shown to help participants lose 5–7% of their body weight and reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 50%. The YMCA-based adaptation of the program (Y-DPP) has demonstrated results similar to those from earlier clinical trials. In 2010, NYSHealth awarded the YMCA of New York State a grant to replicate the Y-DPP across New York State.


Grant Goals

Under this grant, YMCA of New York State set out to accomplish the following goals:

  • Replicate the Y-DPP in regions across New York State; and
  • Establish sustainability for the program through support by third-party payers.


Grant Outcome Highlights:

Some of the outcomes YMCA of New York State achieved include:

  • Built capacity at 14 YMCAs in 10 regions of the State to deliver the Y-DPP;
  • Worked with New York State Diabetes Prevention and Control Program to submit a proposal to the Medicaid Redesign Team that resulted in NDPP being offered as a benefit to Medicaid beneficiaries; and
  • Partnered with insurers to develop a reimbursement plan to sustain the program after grant funding ended.

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Grant Amount: $373,999

New Yorkers at High Risk for Diabetes Find Help from YMCA Program
As one of the more than 4 million New Yorkers with prediabetes, Donald had suffered from a host of serious health problems, including high blood sugar and cholesterol levels. A diabetes prevention program offered by YMCAs across the State has helped Donald and other participants reduce their risk developing the disease by 50% and improve their health and wellbeing. Learn more.


Download Grant Outcomes Report