NACDD Brings NDPP to Scale in Four States

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors Receives Funds to Scale Diabetes Prevention Program in Four States


CONTACT: Paige Rohe,, 470-809-0589

ATLANTA (Nov. 13, 2017) – The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) will receive approximately $7 million during the next five-years from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to scale and sustain the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) in rural counties across four states in the first year.  

NACDD was one of only 10 organizations to receive this funding, which began on October 1, 2017, and follows NACDD’s previous five years of related National DPP work, primarily in large cities. 

“We are delighted that CDC has recognized NACDD’s significant work in diabetes and prediabetes, allowing us to bring the proven effectiveness of the National Diabetes Prevention Program to places it has never gone before,” said John Robitscher, CEO of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.

In its application for funding, NACDD identified both geographic and population-based priorities for establishing the National DPP. In addition to reaching the people at high risk for type 2 diabetes, the Association will partner with the nationally recognized Lakeshore Foundation, which specializes in serving the disability community. Lakeshore has adapted the National DPP curriculum for use with persons with disabilities and will help train NACDD’s partners to deliver this adapted curriculum.

Geographically, NACDD will focus its efforts on several counties in Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, and Alaska that do not currently have National DPP lifestyle change programs. To lead the effort in each state, NACDD will partner with the Health Promotion Council in Pennsylvania, the New York Association of Independent Living Centers (NYAIL), the Florida Department of Health, and the Alaska Department of Health.

To reach persons who cannot attend an in-person program, NACDD will work with a virtual, CDC-recognized DPP provider, Hope 80/20, to deliver the program via an internet-based video series and live, weekly coaching calls. In Alaska, where populations often are remote and have poor access to the internet, NACDD will partner with Inquisit Health to offer a telephonic version of the National DPP.  

To address the growing problems of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, CDC established the National DPP, which provides the framework for type 2 diabetes prevention efforts in the US. The National DPP includes an evidence-based, year-long, lifestyle change program that encourages modest behavior changes to lose weight to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Studies have shown that a loss of even 5-7% of body weight could reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in adults with prediabetes and by 71% in adults older than 60.

There are currently more than 1,500 CDC-recognized organizations offering the National DPP lifestyle change program, who have enrolled more than 150,000 eligible participants. Approximately 65 commercial health plans provide some coverage for the program, and Medicare will start to reimburse for this program in 2018.

NACDD’s goal in its first year of funding is to enroll a total of 1,000 participants in the lifestyle change program across all four of its chosen geographies.

For more information, please contact Paige Rohe at:

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