Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Grantee Name

Institute for Family Health

Funding Area

Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Publication Date

October 2012

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

2008 – 2010


Diabetes prevalence in New York State has doubled since 1994 and is expected to grow; 1.8 million New Yorkers suffer from diabetes and 4.2 million have prediabetes.

To address this crisis, the New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) invested in a $35 million diabetes campaign with the goal of reversing the epidemic. The New York State Diabetes Campaign focuses on improving clinical care and patient outcomes; mobilizing communities to prevent diabetes and support diabetes self-management; and promoting policies that sustain comprehensive and effective care for people with diabetes.

NYHealth funded the Institute for Family Health (IFH) to help develop this statewide initiative by promoting changes in the community, the health care system, and in patient behavior.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Worked closely with NYHealth leadership to design the structure and framework for the Campaign.
  • Consulted with national leaders to better understand how to leverage its resources to scale up best practices across the State.
  • Convened meetings to explore potential partnerships with key diabetes stakeholders in New York.
  • Established a partnership with the New York Diabetes Coalition to launch and promote the Campaign throughout its statewide partnerships.
  • Established the Diabetes Clinical Improvement Network to design and initiate the clinical activities of the Campaign.
  • Designed and implemented a survey tool to understand current provider practices in diabetes care.
  • Collaborated with the New York State Department of Health’s Diabetes Prevention and Control Program on its community-based initiatives, including its YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.