CalPERS, California’s public pension fund, purchases health benefits for 1.4 million active and retired state, local government, and school employees and their families. Starting in 2017 these employees and their loved ones will have access to evidence-based diabetes prevention programs. Both in-person and virtual Lifestyle Change Programs will be offered. This commitment by CalPERS is an important victory and meets recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Diabetes Translation.
The NACDD, with support from the CDC, works with states to host state engagement meetings that bring together key stakeholders (e.g. health systems, employers, insurers, community-based organizations) to develop a strategic plan of action for scaling and sustaining the National Diabetes Prevention Program. NACDD additionally partnered with the American Medical Association, which engaged the California Medical Association and identified physician champions to support expansion of and referral to CDC-recognized Lifestyle Change Programs.
NACDD helped the California Department of Public Health convene a State Engagement Meeting in September of 2015 and continues to provide technical assistance as the Department implements its Diabetes Prevention Program Action Plan.
NACDD is assisting the following states with state engagement meetings this fall: Minnesota, Virginia, Oklahoma, and Hawaii.
If you would like more information about State Engagement Meetings, please contact Marti Macchi, NACDD Director of Programs, at email@example.com.