Diabetes Prevention and Management

Project Title

Scaling Up the National Diabetes Prevention Program

Grant Amount

$20,000

Priority Area

Diabetes Prevention and Management

Date Awarded

January 9, 2014

Region

Central NY

Status

Closed

Website

http://www.hsctc.org

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 Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County (HSC) 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, HSC increased its capacity to offer 10-12 cycles of the NDPP a year. HSC got 70% of larger practices to make referrals; trained an additional five lifestyle coaches to deliver the program; brought on a master trainer; and had two or more larger employers offer the NDPP as a covered benefit.

View a complete list of Laying the Groundwork grantees.