Diabetes Prevention and Management

Project Title

Scaling Up the National Diabetes Prevention Program

Grant Amount

$18,406

Priority Area

Diabetes Prevention and Management

Date Awarded

December 9, 2013

Region

Capital Region

Central NY

Status

Closed

Website

http://www.herkimerhealthnet.com

In New York State, an estimated 4.5 million people have prediabetes, a condition which 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 nearly 60%. Building on previous work to replicate the NDPP, NYSHealth issued a request for proposals, Laying the Groundwork to Scale Up the National Diabetes Prevention Program in New York State, to help disseminate and grow the NDPP. Through this initiative, NYSHealth awarded grants to organizations to implement, expand, and secure the sustainability of the NDPP in community-based settings across the State. NYSHealth awarded Herkimer County Rural Health Network, Inc., (HCRHN) a grant to participate in this initiative.

With NYSHealth funding, grantees of this initiative reached communities with high rates of diabetes and prediabetes, making this effective program available to New Yorkers in places where they live, work, and worship. The grant awards supported a range of activities to help organizations implement and grow the NDPP, including the expansion of existing programs; communication, outreach, and education activities to obtain a steady flow of participants; and development of business plans to ensure the sustainability of the program. Specifically, HCRHN established a corps of trained lifestyle coaches to offer the NDPP at two sites, one each in Herkimer and Madison counties. This group of lifestyle coaches served participants from Herkimer, Madison, Otsego, Fulton, Montgomery, Onondaga, and Chenango counties.

View a complete list of Laying the Groundwork grantees.