The members of the DAA believe that one of the most effective strategies for addressing the growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes is implementation of evidence-based, community-based diabetes prevention programs all across America. Our ultimate goal is to make these programs available for all of the 86 million adults with prediabetes who are interested and able to participate.
The Affordable Care Act authorized funding for a National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP), headquartered at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which would establish the framework for making diabetes prevention programs more widely available to people with prediabetes. DAA members have made it a priority to advocate for Congress or the Administration to appropriate the necessary funds for the National DPP. We are pleased that our efforts to inform and educate legislators about the value of the National DPP has resulted in Congressional diabetes champions appropriating $10 million for the program thus far. If this program were fully funded, it would enable delivery of evidence-based, community-based, cost effective diabetes prevention programs in communities all across America.
The CDC Web site contains a brief video about the program, along with information on organizations currently offering diabetes prevention programs and seeking recognition from the CDC. For this and more information on the National DPP, visit http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/index.htm.