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Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Reduces Community's Risk of Diabetes

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long program facilitated by the primary care patient navigation staff at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. The organization has 19 facilitators who are trained as Lifestyle Coaches by the New York State Quality and Technical Assistance Center. The sessions are run according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Diabetes Recognition Program (DRP) standards.

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center facilitates this program in English and Spanish to accommodate the patient population. The goal is to help patients incorporate healthy lifestyle modifications to reduce their risk of developing diabetes while improving the health and well-being of the community. The program has shown a 58% reduction in participant risk of developing diabetes, while adults over the age of 60 were able to reduce their risk by 71%. Participants have exhibited significant weight loss and have shown significant increase in physical activity, both of which are CDC outcome components.