Why the New York State Health Foundation Is Going Bigger on Diabetes Prevention

The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) has been ramping up its diabetes prevention funding and supporting diabetes prevention efforts across the country. To kick off the new expansion, NYSHealth awarded grants totaling over $400,000 to 25 organizations across the state of New York. These grants went to community health centers, YMCAs, and local health departments as part of an effort to implement and expand a national program on a larger scale.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a 16-week program that encourages healthy eating, physical activity, and lifestyle changes targeted at people with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It’s a public-private partnership of health care organizations, private insurers, community organizations, government agencies, and employers. NYSHealth hopes that this program will help the 4.5 million New Yorkers with pre-diabetes by reducing their diabetes risk by 50 percent (Read New York State Health Foundation: New York City Grants).

James R. Knickman, President and CEO of NYSHealth, stated:

New York State is facing a serious and costly health crisis, with nearly 25 percent of the population already living with diabetes. We need to focus energy and resources on preventing the onset of diabetes and a whole host of other health problems related to obesity. The NDPP model is the most well-tested diabetes prevention program out there, and pushing it out to more New Yorkers in some of the hardest-hit communities across the State will be an important component of curbing the diabetes epidemic.

This national diabetes program employs trained life coaches to teach healthy habits to people with a high risk of diabetes. By getting 150 minutes of exercise per week with low-calorie and low-fat diets, participants are expected to lose five to seven percent of their body weight and cut their risk of developing diabetes in half.

NYSHealth has been making grants to organizations to expand existing diabetes programs, for outreach, communication, education activities, and business plan development in unprecedented ways. Recent diabetes program grantees include Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Adirondack Health Institute, Glens Falls Hospital, Inc., and the YMCA of Greater New York. Each of these institutes received $20,000 for diabetes prevention programming.

Although the deadlines have passed for this particular NYSHealth initiative, diabetes prevention remains one of the foundation’s primary grantmaking focus areas. Check the Open RFPs page on the foundation’s website for announcements about new diabetes prevention efforts throughout the year or get in touch by email at Info@NYSHealth.org