The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently formed a five-year cooperative agreement with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) to expand the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) in underserved, primarily rural areas.
States that will benefit from the support in the first year include Arizona, California and Texas, according to a press release. The ADA aims to positively affect 1,000 patients in the first year of operation. It plans to deliver National DPP services through education-recognition programs and federally qualified health centers, with the help of community health workers trained in outreach to inform and enlist participants and support healthy lifestyle changes.
"We appreciate the CDC's recognition and support of our National DPP program through this exceptional award," Dr. William Cefalu, the ADA's chief scientific, medical and mission officer, said in the release. "With this grant, we will be able to provide the successful, evidence-based diabetes prevention program to thousands of people who are most at-risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The focus on prevention, and the unique partnership with the CDC, is clearly aligned with our mission and strategic plan.”
Under the guidance of CDC, the National DPP is a partnership between public and private entities focused on prevention and education with Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.