Health Plans Preventing Diabetes and Improving Well-Being



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.

Health Plan Strategies


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 beneficieraries 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.


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