Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Grantee Name

National Council on Aging

Funding Area

Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Publication Date

June 2015

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

July 2011 – September 2012


People with diabetes are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions and are in need of self-management programs that will engage them to better manage their care and medication regimen.

A variety of interventions are emerging that foster self-care management and meaningful engagement in care and services for people with multiple chronic conditions. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) established the Self-Management Alliance (SMA) to bring to scale proven self-management programs, increase community capacity to offer self-management services, and create financing mechanisms to support self-management programs.

In 2011, the New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) awarded a grant to NCOA to help support the development of SMA.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Developed an inventory of evidence-based self-management programs, models, and innovations;
  • Held meetings for stakeholders on designing programs to include evidence-based self-management interventions and identifying barriers to contracting with community-based organizations;
  • Conducted outreach to organizations applying to become accountable care organizations to educate them on including self-care management in their plans; and
  • Established a work plan to develop technical standards for linking community-based organizations to integrated health systems; marketing materials and tailored value propositions for key stakeholders; and a national network to support wide-scale dissemination of evidence-based programs.