Scaling Up the National Diabetes Prevention Program
Diabetes Prevention and Management
January 9, 2014
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 YMCA of Greater New York 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, YMCA of Greater New York sought to expand capacity at its Brooklyn location to deliver the YDPP, an adaptation of the NDPP. It trained an additional 15 lifestyle coaches to deliver the program to increased numbers of at-risk Brooklyn residents. It aimed to conduct at least four additional program cycles, enrolling at least 900 more participants into the program.