Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Grantee Name

Institute for Leadership

Funding Area

Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Publication Date

October 2012

Grant Amount

Phase 1: $453,931
Phase 2: $886,191
Phase 3: $523,244

Grant Date:

Phase 1: 2010
Phase 2: 2011
Phase 3: 2012


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 NYHealth Diabetes Campaign focused 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 Leadership (IFL) to help further the Campaign’s goal of mobilizing communities to spread programs that help prevent, identify, and manage diabetes in places where people live, work, and worship.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Developed and led a strategy to spread Defy Diabetes, an effective diabetes self-management and prevention program in congregations across New York State.
  • Engaged 4,425 congregations to join the Campaign to engage the faith community in understanding the diabetes epidemic.
  • Established 161 Defy Diabetes self-management programs, serving more than 2,700 people.
  • Communicated information about the Campaign and hosted regional events promoting participation.
  • Helped faith-based organizations identify, screen and train volunteers, called community health workers, to implement Defy Diabetes.