Health Plans Preventing Diabetes and Improving Well-Being



One out of every three American adults has prediabetes, and most of them do not even know it. Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 11 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 3 years.

To help prevent this from occurring, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is working in collaboration with four participating health insurance plans to launch the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) in six states across the United States. The work is part of a cooperative agreement the CDC awarded to AHIP and five other organizations.

Using multiple delivery models to demonstrate value and scalability, the participating heath plans – Denver Helth, EmblemHealth, Florida Blue, and Molina Health Care, Inc. have launched outreach and educational efforts in California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Wisconsin. Health plans are reaching out to diverse communities such as African American, Latino, Asian, the elderly and low income, and women at risk for gestational diabetes.


The CDC is working with community-based organizations, insurers, employers, and health care organizations to scale and sustain the National DPP across the country. CDC’s role also includes ensuring a trained workforce of lifestyle coaches to lead classes effectively, as well as setting program standards and monitoring performance to recognize successful programs.

Led by the CDC, the National DPP is for people at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that can lead to health issues including heart attack, stroke, blindness,kidney failure, or loss of toes, feet, or legs. Individuals who are 45 years of age or older, are overweight, who have a family history of type 2 diabetes, are physically active fewer than three times per week, or who had diabetes while pregnant may be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The National DPP can help people lower their risk.

The National DPP is based on a research study led by the National Institutes of Health and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed that participants who lost 5 percent to 7 percent of their body weight (10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person) by making modest changes reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.

During the program, participants meet as a group with a trained lifestyle coach and learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes that can help prevent or delay type 2 diabetes, such as choosing healthier foods, losing weight, being more physically active, and managing stress. The group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes. Together participants can celebrate their successes and determine ways to overcome obstacles.

National Diabetes Prevention Programs & Strategies

Denver Health

Denver Health is a comprehensive, integrated, high-quality health care system serving individuals in the metropolitan Denver area. As Colorado’s primary safety net institution Denver Health is committed to providing level one care for all, regardless of ability to pay. Denver Health utilizes specially trained multilingual community health workers and an established provider-referral network to enroll high risk patients into the Diabetes Prevention Program and keep them engaged in their health.


EmblemHealth is initially working with two medical groups and EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care located in Harlem and Cambria Heights, New York to increase support of the National DPP and refer diverse patients and community members to the lifestyle change program.

Florida Blue

Florida Blue and its partners, the Diabetes Prevention Control Alliance (DPCA) and the Y, is targeting employees and members using multiple delivery models- worksite, retail centers, and patient-centered medical homes, to offer and scale the program in Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa.

Molina Healthcare, Inc.

Molina Healthcare, Inc., in partnership with Continuing Extension Services at two universities, is implementing the program in New Mexico and Florida among its Medicaid beneficiaries and corresponding communities in 4 counties. Using multilingual lifestyle coaches and closely working with the State Health Departments, Molina is offering multicultural outreach and classes.






Asthma_Webinar_915Engaging Individuals at Risk of Diabetes: Health Plan Outreach Strategies
September 9, 2015
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
As part of the AHIP national initiative in cooperation with the CDC, health plan leaders from Denver Health, EmblemHealth, Florida Blue, and Molina Healthcare will discuss multiple outreach strategies for engaging consumers at risk of diabetes type II through the implementation of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (national DPP). Spanning Commercial and Medicaid covered individuals, urban and suburban settings, employer and insurer experiences, hear how health plans are reaching an incredibly diverse group. Attendees will gain insights and perspective on: the components of the CDC National DPP, a one year lifestyle change program; health plan strategies for engaging individuals at high risk for diabetes, specifically hosting sessions utilizing varied settings – workplace, community, provider, and retail centers; and the use of multiple delivery models to demonstrate value and scalability through outreach and educational efforts around the National Diabetes Prevention Program in California, Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Wisconsin.

Asthma_Webinar_915On-Demand Webinar: Lessons from the Field: Implementing Lifestyle Change Programs in Diverse Communities
September 11, 2014
An estimated 86 million Americans are at risk for diabetes type 2. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as 1 in 5 could have type 2 diabetes by 2015. Social, economic and environmental factors can influence an individual’s ability to make healthier choices, especially among individuals at highest risk such as low income and ethnically diverse populations. AHIP and participating health plans are helping diverse communities achieve and sustain good health through their participation in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), led by the CDC. The National DPP is an evidence-based lifestyle change program that can help people with prediabetes and/or at risk for type 2 diabetes make achievable and realistic lifestyle changes and cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent. Participants will hear from leading teams about their first year experience in launching the National DPP in multiple settings to achieve widespread outreach of its members, including it diverse populations.

Asthma_Webinar_915On-Demand Webinar: Health Plan Strategies to Engage Individuals At Risk for Diabetes
September 24, 2013