Implementing the National Diabetes Prevention Program

diabetes-prevention-grantMaineHealth member hospitals are working to increase access to and enrollment in the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

Recent U.S. CDC data estimates that approximately one out of three adults has prediabetes. Having prediabetes increases your chance of developing more serious health problems, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Medical costs for people with diabetes are more than twice as high than for people without diabetes.

Diabetes has tripled in Maine between 1995 and 2010. Currently, 32,264 (3%) of Mainers have diabetes and don’t know it, and the impact on Mainers continues to grow.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is an evidence-based lifestyle intervention designed to prevent the delay or onset of type 2 diabetes through modest weight loss and increased physical activity. MaineHealth member hospitals are working to implement the following tactics to increase access to and enrollment in NDPP by:

  • Ensuring MaineHealth achieves full CDC recognition as a National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) service provider.
  • Utilizing Master Trainers within the MaineHealth system to train Lifestyle/Health Coaches to facilitate the Diabetes Prevention Program and expand its reach within the region.
  • Create a referral system that allows healthcare providers to refer patients to a Diabetes Prevention Program within the shared electronic health record.
  • Continuing to establish community partnerships to increase the number of Diabetes Prevention Programs available to patients, employees and community members.
  • Providing ongoing technical assistance and support for member hospitals by establishing a single point of contact through the Diabetes Prevention Program Coordinator.

About the National Diabetes Prevention Program

This national program is proven to help people lower their chance of developing type 2 diabetes by teaching them about healthy eating and ways to increase physical activity.
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