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ACPM Announces Diabetes Prevention Program Grant Winners and Advisory Group
Press Release
February 20, 2016

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) announces grant awards to three institutions to develop new practice setting models that address the national type 2 diabetes epidemic. This grant program and the corresponding advisory group are part of ACPM's work to increase prediabetes awareness and screening, testing, and referral of patients with prediabetes to CDC-recognized diabetes prevention programs.

According to CDC data, 86 million American adults are living with prediabetes, a serious health condition that can increase risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke. The National Diabetes Prevention Program was founded on the science of the Diabetes Prevention Program research study and multiple translation studies. These studies showed that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5% to 7% of their body weight and reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in adults with prediabetes. (Knowler, 2002)

The grants are part of ACPM's partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation and is supported through a cooperative agreement with CDC’s Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support.

The grant awardees from the three provider categories include:

  • Altamed (Los Angeles and Orange County, California), Federally Qualified Health Center
  • Wheat Ridge Internal Medicine (Wheat Ridge, Colorado), Independent Practice Group
  • Emory University Family Medicine (Atlanta, Georgia), Integrated Delivery System

"In response to guidance from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposal to expand the diabetes prevention program model to eligible Medicare beneficiaries as a covered benefit (beginning in January, 2018), many commercial health plans have decided to pay for patient enrollment in the National DPP," said Michael Barry, Executive Director at ACPM. "This means we need to increase the number of physicians who are referring patients to CDC-recognized diabetes prevention programs, and it's our goal that these innovative new models developed by the award grantees will help ensure physicians across the country understand the value of the National DPP and use the program to prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in patients with prediabetes."

Each grantee organization will work closely with ACPM to develop and document the best practice methods for increasing prediabetes awareness, screening, and referral within the practice setting. The work will result in case studies and toolkits specific to each practice type that will be utilized by other health delivery organizations across the country. At the conclusion of the project, grantees will present their findings at a day long Diabetes Prevention Institute being held in coordination with ACPM’s annual conference on May 23, 2017 in Portland, Oregon.

To assist in the demonstration project and other National DPP-related work, ACPM also announces the formation of the ACPM Diabetes Prevention Advisory Group. The Advisory Group includes eleven ACPM members that have expertise in the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Council members will serve on an advisory council for at least one year. The Advisory Council will help implement the demonstration projects as well as assist ACPM in a variety of capacities such as responding to CMS’ second proposed rule addressing Medicare coverage of the diabetes prevention program.

Wayne Dysinger, MD, MPH
Physician, CEO
Lifestyle Medicine Solutions

Ayanna V. Buckner, MD, MPH, FACPM
Community Health Cooperative

Michele R Etling, MD, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Associate Program Director
Preventive Medicine Residency Program at Meharry Medical College

Liz Joy, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Community Health & Clinical Nutrition
Intermountain Healthcare 

Nuria Lopez-Pajares MD MPH
Attending Physician
Temple Physicians Inc.

Heather Tindall Readhead, MD MPH
Family Medicine - Primary Care
Preventive Medicine & Public Health
Providence Medical Group/Providence Health & Services

Camilla Romero, MD, MPH
Staff Physician
San Diego Family Care at Linda Vista Health Care Center 

Angela Dunn, MD, MPH
Deputy State Epidemiologist
Utah Department of Health

Michael Shusko, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Director of Public Health
U.S. Naval Hospital, Okinawa Japan

Lori Rolando, MD, MPH, FACOEM
Medical Director, HealthPlus
Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

Shaylona Kirk, MD, MA

For more information, please visit: acpm.com/dpp

About ACPM

The American College of Preventive Medicine is a professional society providing leadership in research, professional education, development of public policy, and enhancement of standards of preventive medicine for and on behalf of our physician members. Uniquely trained in both clinical medicine and public health, preventive medicine specialists are equipped to understand and reduce the risks of disease, disability, and death in individuals and in population groups.


Knowler, et al. Reduction in the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes with Lifestyle Intervention or Metformin. The Diabetes Prevention Research Group. N Eng J Med, Vol 346, No.6. February 7, 2002.

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