Las Vegas, NV


Telehealth Delivery of the CDC’s Diabetes
Prevention Program

  • February 23, 2021
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET
  • Online

More than 88 million Americans have prediabetes and are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, which is an expensive condition for health insurance providers. The CDC’s diabetes prevention program has been proven through clinical trials to reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes by more than 58%. The problem with current online diabetes prevention programs is that they do not closely replicate an in-person program because they do not have live classes.

Competitive programs are classified as “Online” programs by the CDC and are delivered by asynchronous content. Live human interaction is missing in other digital diabetes prevention programs. Support gained through having a conversation with other group members is what helps in-person diabetes prevention programs deliver excellent outcomes.

This webinar will explain how telehealth can be used to deliver the CDC’s diabetes prevention program at scale. This telehealth delivery method is classified by the CDC as a “Distance Learning,” as it most closely replicates the in-person version of the national diabetes prevention program which was proven to be so effective.

Attendees will learn about:

  • The history of the CDC’s diabetes prevention program
  • Cost savings associated with preventing type 2 diabetes
  • How telehealth/distance learning can be used to deliver the CDC’s diabetes prevention program


Laurence Girard
CEO and Founder
Fruit Street Health

Laurence Girard is the CEO and Founder of Fruit Street Health, which offers a suite of telemedicine services including the only diabetes prevention program (DPP) delivered via live video conferencing with Registered Dietitians. Laurence is a telehealth innovator and has been working in the healthcare space since 2011. He is also an alumnus of the Kairos Society, a global network of social entrepreneurs focused on having a social impact.

Laurence received his Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies at Harvard University. He is currently pursuing Harvard Business School Executive Education’s Certificate of Management Excellence.

David Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP
Founder & CEO
DietID, Inc.

Dr. Katz is the founder and former director of Yale University’s Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center (1998-2019); Past President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; President and Founder of the non-profit True Health Initiative; and Founder & CEO of Diet ID, Inc.

The recipient of numerous awards for teaching, writing, and contributions to public health, Katz was a 2019 nominee for a James Beard Foundation Award in health journalism, has been a widely supported nominee for the position of U.S. Surgeon General, and has received three honorary doctorates. His career-long focus has been the translation of science into action for the addition of years to life, and life to years.

Dr. Katz earned his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1988); and his MPH from the Yale University School of Public Health (1993).  He completed sequential residency training and board certification in Internal Medicine (1991) and Preventive Medicine/Public Health (1993).

Rachel Neifeld, RD
Director of Clinical & Coaching Operations
Fruit Street Health

Rachel joined Fruit Street in 2017 to spearhead the company’s virtual diabetes prevention program (DPP). As a CDC NDPP-Certified Master Trainer, Rachel leads RDs through a comprehensive training to ensure all Fruit Street coaches are qualified to facilitate the program. She continues to develop and oversee Fruit Streets’ wellness programming, in addition to leading a growing team of close to one hundred Registered Dietitian Lifestyle Coaches.

Rachel earned a Bachelor’s degree in Science with a concentration in Nutrition & Dietetics from Cornell University and completed her Dietetic Internship with Sodexo. She developed a strong clinical foundation as an inpatient dietitian at Montefiore Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital, then as an outpatient diabetes educator at Beth Israel Mt. Sinai Endocrine Center.

Meanwhile, she began working with patients on the virtual platform, Rise, a mobile application in which users take photographs of their food and receive personalized daily feedback from their dietitian, serving as a “dietitian in your pocket.” This fueled Rachel’s interest in the emerging field of telehealth nutrition.

Most recently, Rachel received her certification as an Intuitive Eating Counselor to help participants and clients develop a healthier relationship with food.