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New Research: Diabetes Prevention in Community Settings

A new paper from the NYAM Center for Evaluation and Applied Research (CEAR), "Implementation and Outcomes of the New York State YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program: A Multisite Community-Based Translation, 2010-2012," was recently published in Preventing Chronic Disease, a peer-reviewed journal produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The paper is a collaboration between CEAR, the NYS Department of Health, and the NYS Health Foundation, and presents findings from the implementation of the evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program in YMCAs across New York State. The abstract and full paper can be accessed here.

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is a lifestyle intervention program for pre-diabetes. Originally implemented in clinical settings on a one-on-one basis, it has since been adopted by the CDC as a national program and implemented across the U.S. by community and clinical partners.

“Based on prior research, we already know DPP is successful,” said Anne Bozack, MPH, Study Director, CEAR. “What is notable about our study is its focus on how the program affects individuals beyond weight loss—their health, feelings, and behavior changes—and on how it works in community-based settings.”

The new study looks at a large number of DPP participants at YMCAs in a diversity of communities across York State. The findings of this evaluation are applicable to community-based organizations, including recreation centers and senior centers, looking to implement evidence-based diabetes prevention programs. It provides information on the resources required to implement the initiative in community-based settings.

One exciting outcome of this study is a new partnership with Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the University of Pittsburgh, and the NYC Parks Department to expand upon this work and, with funding from NIDDK, pilot an adaptation of the DPP tailored to engage men in low-income NYC communities. This new initiative was inspired by one of the paper’s findings, that men comprised only 30% of the program participants.

“Diabetes prevention is as important for men as for women, but there isn’t much attention paid to men’s health and how it might be improved,” said Linda Weiss, PhD, CEAR Director. “It’s critical to reach men, especially in disadvantaged communities, with information and resources that can prevent chronic disease and promote good health.”

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Posted on July 21, 2014

Gina Ravosa
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