EmblemHealth Presents PreDiabetes Program on HHS Webinar
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) selected EmblemHealth to present our community-based National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) on a recent webinar entitled, “A Healthy People 2020 Progress Review.”
EmblemHealth's DPP program, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), was launched in July 2013 for members at risk for diabetes. The program centered on a series of group lifestyle coaching sessions that were held at EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care locations.
EmblemHealth's Karen Wauchope, Manager, Clinical Community Programming, explains, "Being selected by the HHS to present EmblemHealth’s DPP model was quite an honor considering there are hundreds of DPPs across the United States. The program demonstrates our effort to break down health disparities and ensure access to care for all."
To date, a total of 270 members have enrolled in the year-long, evidence-based program. The positive results of the program showed 75 percent of the participants decreased their HbA1c level, three out of four lost or maintained their weight and 40 percent improved their blood pressure.
Eliza Ng, EmblemHealth's VP, Clinical Affairs adds, “This program works because it provides participants with the tools to make lifelong behavioral changes. The program is much more than simply losing weight. It is about giving participants a supportive environment and a customized approach to healthy living.”
We look forward to the continued success of this ground-breaking program and helping all our members live better.