For DC Healthcare Providers

Did you know the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) can prevent diabetes?

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a tested program that works. NDPP helps people with pre-diabetes change their lifestyle to decrease their risk of getting diabetes. NDPP is offered by workplaces, hospitals and health centers.
Interested in a lifestyle change program? Find a diabetes prevention class or learn how to implement one:

Action Steps for Healthcare Providers

Increase your organization’s knowledge of NDPP 

  • Assign a staff member to research pre-diabetes and NDPP.
  • Locate NDPP and Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) sites in your region.
  • Understand how NDPP helps achieve the Triple Aim.
  • Understand the evidence-base of NDPP and its published efficacy.
  • Contact NDPP sites near you to discuss possible collaboration.
  • Understand your organization’s needs and opportunities related to Type 2 diabetes prevention.
  • Learn about the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) Standards and Operating Procedures.

  Start with your staff

  • Appoint Diabetes Educators or Employee Health Program staff to plan employee health strategies utilizing NDPP.
  • Offer NDPP to your employees by implementing NDPP at your site(s) or partnering with existing community organizations that offer NDPP.
  • Include the Pre-diabetes Risk Quiz on your website, on your Health Risk Assessment (HRA) tool and with wellness coaches.
  • Apply the Pre-diabetes Algorithm when designing your own protocol for identifying employees at high risk of 
developing pre-diabetes or diabetes.

Explore implementing NDPP within your health system

  • Use your electronic medical records (EMR) to assess risk by understanding Type 2 diabetes prevalence within a patient panel.
  • Use the Pre-diabetes Algorithm to implement an EMR protocol to identify “high risk,” pre-diabetes and the diabetes population of active patients.
  • Utilize existing DSMT expertise to align DSMT National Standards of Care with NDPP.
  • Learn about the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) Standards and Operating Procedures.
  • Understand your health system’s readiness and organizational capacity to sustain and deliver NDPP.
  • Calculate the cost and potential revenue for NDPP delivery and sustainability.

Get CDC program recognition and implement NDPP

  • Complete the DPRP capacity assessment.
  • Complete an online application with the CDC to achieve pending or full recognition status.
  • Identify a program coordinator and lifestyle coaches.
  • Train lifestyle coaches in CDC NDPP curriculum.
  • Schedule and run classes.

Monitor impact

  • Monitor and track participation.
  • Report participant data to DPRP.

Provide NDPP leadership to the health landscape 

  • Share NDPP Return on Investment (ROI) results.
  • Promote NDPP as a population health management strategy.

Why Healthcare Providers Are Taking Action

NDPP is not another wellness program

  • Type 2 diabetes is preventable. NDPP is an evidence-based program that works to prevent diabetes.
  • In people with pre-diabetes, HALF of new cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with structured lifestyle change programs like NDPP.
  • NDPP is a high value program because so many people are eligible to participate.

NDPP is a population health approach

  • The program supports simple lifestyle changes that result in improved population health outcomes.
  • NDPP reduces claims related to pre-diabetes, diabetes and associated risk factors. It helps prevent chronic disease – the number one health insurance cost driver.

NDPP fits in today’s healthcare landscape 

  • A good fit for Accountable Care Organizations or Shared Savings agreements.
  • Perfect demonstration of a community-clinical linkage for preventive health services.
  • Community-based lifestyle interventions are associated with low costs.



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