The National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) announced that six member coalitions have been selected to receive $182,000 in funding of grants and stipends to increase awareness and lay the groundwork for coverage of the lifestyle change program that is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP).
This initiative is a public-private partnership designed to bring to communities an evidence-based lifestyle change program to prevent type 2 diabetes. The education stipends will support coalition efforts to implement an educational programming series about the National DPP and conduct a market readiness analysis.
The seed grants will provide coalitions with the resources to work towards benefit design and incentive strategies to cover the National DPP lifestyle change program using a pay-for-performance approach in their own markets. The four coalitions awarded the education stipends are: the Employers’
Health Coalition in Fort Smith, AR; the Greater Philadelphia Business
Coalition on Health; the Louisiana Business Group on Health, and
the Oregon Coalition of Health Care Purchasers.
The coalitions awarded the seed grants are the Knoxville, TN-based HealthCare 21 Business Coalition and the Memphis Business Group on Health in a joint project effort, and the Virginia Business Coalition on Health.
“Employers need to invest in a culture of health in their workforce and should view diabetes as a coming tsunami,” said Andrew Webber, NBCH president and CEO. “We are working with the CDC and our member coalitions to assist employers and communities in focusing efforts on this chronic disease that can be dramatically prevented by making simple lifestyle changes. Employers can play an important role in educating employees and advancing the awareness of type 2 diabetes prevention.” This program’s activities are funded through a cooperative agreement between the Community Coalitions Health Institute of NBCH and the CDC.