Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Grantee Name

Research & Education Foundation of New York State Academy of Family Physicians (dba New York State Academy of Family Physicians)

Funding Area

Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Publication Date

October 2012

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

Phase 1: 2008 – 2009; Phase 2: 2010 – 2011


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.

To advance the Campaign’s clinical goals among family practitioners, NYHealth funded the New York State Academy of Family Physicians (the Academy) to provide its member physicians and their practices with the information and technical assistance needed to improve the care and outcomes of their patients with diabetes.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Conducted outreach and informational initiatives to advise members about an opportunity for assistance in pursuing NCQA recognition.
  • Offered diabetes-related programs and materials at statewide and regional meetings and held four webinars on practice improvement topics.
  • Encouraged its membership to apply for the NYHealth program, Meeting the Mark, which provides funding to cover fees and costs related to NCQA recognition.
  • Engaged five payers to offer payment incentives for practice enhancement initiatives, such as NCQA diabetes recognition.