Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Grantee Name

YMCA of New York State, Inc.

Funding Area

Improving Diabetes Prevention and Management

Publication Date

June 2015

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

April 2010 – December 2012


In New York State, an estimated 4.5 million people have prediabetes, a condition that heightens a person’s risk for developing diabetes and its complications.

While curbing the diabetes epidemic is a daunting task, strong evidence has emerged in support of strategies to prevent diabetes. Specifically, the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) was identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an effective, evidence-based public health program. This lifestyle intervention has been shown to help participants lose 5–7% of their body weight and reduce their risk of developing diabetes by 50%. The YMCA-based adaptation of the program (Y-DPP) has demonstrated results similar to those from earlier clinical trials. In 2010, NYHealth awarded the YMCA of New York State a grant to replicate the Y-DPP across New York State.


Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Built capacity at 14 YMCAs in 10 regions of the State to deliver the Y-DPP;
  • Worked with New York State Diabetes Prevention and Control Program to submit a proposal to the Medicaid Redesign Team that resulted in NDPP being offered as a benefit to Medicaid beneficiaries; and
  • Partnered with insurers to develop a reimbursement plan to sustain the program after grant funding ended.