Scaling Up the National Diabetes Prevention Program
Diabetes Prevention and Management
January 27, 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 Long Island 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 Long Island sought to increase capacity to deliver the YDPP, an adaptation of the NDPP, at its five branches in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. It expanded its current referral network with North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital Center and Catholic Health Services to engage further with other hospital systems, large employers, and faith-based organizations. It conducted outreach events throughout the community to widen its referral network.
View a complete list of Laying the Groundwork grantees.