Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Grantee Name

Community Health Care Association of New York State

Funding Area

Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Publication Date

October 2012

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

Phase 1: 2008; Phase 2: 2009; Phase 3: 2010; Phase 4: 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 community health centers, NYHealth funded the Community Health Care Association of New York State (CHCANYS) to provide its members with the technical assistance needed to improve the care and outcomes of their patients with diabetes.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Developed a survey to assess aspects of community health centers’ clinical care related to diabetes management.
  • Selected an initial set of community health centers that had a high probability of successfully improving their clinical practices to test and refine intervention models.
  • Worked with other clinical partners of the Campaign to launch initiatives aimed at improving diabetes care and outcomes among primary care providers and practices.
  • Created a diabetes advisory group to address recruitment challenges.
  • Provided resources to clinical staff and leadership of health centers on best practices in diabetes care and management.
  • Recruited and provided technical assistance to community health centers interested in pursuing the BTE or NCQA diabetes recognition program.