Diabetes Prevention Program
Making the CDC’s proven Diabetes Prevention Program Available to Low-Income Californians
Tackling California’s Skyrocketing Diabetes Epidemic
Turning the tide on the tsunami of diabetes in California—especially in low-income communities—we led the campaign to make the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) available to Medi-Cal (California Medicaid) recipients who have pre-diabetes.
Data and Research
Our study showing that 55% of California adults have either diabetes or prediabetes received banner newspaper headlines, with stories describing the skyrocketing diabetes epidemic and highlighting our call for Medi-Cal to cover DPP.
We spearheaded a broad coalition of health equity advocates, DPP providers, drug companies, and health care providers all of whom called on the legislature to make DPP a covered expense for Medi-Cal recipients.
We developed fact sheets for individual budget committee members highlighting diabetes and prediabetes rates in their districts and likely cost savings from DPP.
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UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and Public Health Advocates, March 2016Download
Public Health Advocates, 2007Download
The full case study is still in progress. Check back soon to explore how we tackled California’s diabetes epidemic.