Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Grantee Name

New York Academy of Medicine

Funding Area

Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Publication Date

July 2014

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

December 7, 2012–August 26, 2013

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), a 16-week community-based program conducted by trained lifestyle coaches, is designed to teach people with prediabetes how to modify and sustain their eating and physical activity habits.

The model, which has been shown to reduce participants’ risk of developing the disease by 50%, has been adapted into a group-based program (Y-DPP) delivered by the YMCA. NYHealth previously has supported the implementation of the Y-DPP at YMCAs in 10 regions of New York State. As NYHealth continues to explore options to further replicate the NDPP, it is important to understand if the program can be replicated with fidelity among vulnerable populations in non-YMCA settings. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) released a funding opportunity to test adaptations of effective strategies and approaches for the prevention and treatment of diabetes and/or obesity. In 2013, NYHealth awarded the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) a grant to collaborate with two other top research institutions working in the area of diabetes prevention to develop and submit a collaborative research proposal on the NDPP to NIDDK.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Assumed a coordinating role in the development of a joint proposal with Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health;
  • Developed a detailed work plan and compiled comprehensive information on the NDPP, its adaptations, and similar programming that effectively engaged the target population;
  • Worked with its partners to develop the intervention and research design; and
  • Drafted and finalized the grant proposal for submission to NIDDK, meeting a deadline for July 1, 2013.

During the process of developing the intervention and research design, research partners at the Mailman School of Public Health and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine worked with NYHealth to identify community partners that are committed to participating in the implementation of the intervention.