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Offering a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)

Staring now and running through June 30, 2018, PPA is offering through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, a special incentive program to get 20 pharmacies to be providers of the Diabetes Prevention program.Why Community Pharmacies for the Diabetes Prevention Program

Community pharmacies represent an untapped resource for diabetes prevention and delay. Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to help screen, raise awareness and make an intervention impact. Pharmacists, already often called upon to counsel their patients with diabetes, may now be poised to counsel their patients in these manualized and evidence-based behavior change approaches.

You may already know:

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) clinical trial (NEJM, 2002) showed that a behavioral lifestyle intervention focused on healthy, balanced diet, physical activity (150-minutes weekly) and modest weight loss (7%) for overweight persons with impaired glucose tolerance or “pre-diabetes” was significantly more effective in reducing cumulative risk for diabetes than a drug or placebo intervention over 2.8 years. The incidence of diabetes was 58% lower with lifestyle and 31 percent lower with the drug metformin.

The Centers for Disease Control National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) (Diabetes Care, 2017) also showed that over 14,000 persons with obesity and elevated glucose who participated in an evidence-based, one-year DPP (attending 14 sessions on average) lost 4% of their initial body weight and just under half increased their physical activity to at least 150 minutes/week.


Learn more about the Diabetes Prevention program, by clicking here.

In Pennsylvania, additional resources' for helping patients cope with diabetes, may be available through Make a Choice, a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Health Promotion Council.

CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program - Standards and Operating Procedures

Information on Medicare and DPP, can be found by clicking here.


Click here to find DPP sites including pharmacies.


Introductory Webinar

PPA provided an introductory webinar on DPP and what we are offering to help a core group of pharmacies go through the program.  If you would like to access a recording of this webinar, please click here.


If you would like a copy of the slide deck utilized, please contact Pat Epple.


Currently, we have our preliminary list of 20 pharmacies eligible for the grant dollars but others are invited to submit a commitment form as a backup or even begin the application process once it opens up.  If any of the original drop-out, we will invite others on a first come, first-serve basis. 


Pharmacies can also elect to walk through the process on their own at their own cost if they wish.  However, in order to receive information and updates, we do ask that these  interested pharmacies "register" with PPA for the stand by or waiting list.


Learn More About Our Partner

To bring this to interested Pennsylvania pharmacies, PPA has contracted with the Diabetes Prevention Support Center (DPSC) at the University of Pittsburgh to provide support and training in preparation for launching DPP in your pharmacy.  Click here to learn more about DPSC.

Our Pilot Pharmacies will each receive:
  • FREE training scholarship to either the online training (February 15 through April 15) OR attend the live training session on April 10 and 11 in Pittsburgh. (This is a $725 market value)
  • The 13 hours of CE credit included in the training
  • Assistance for marketing to and recruiting patients.
  • $ 6,000 stipend to conduct the initial program for six months to one year to apply for recognition (will be provided in increments)

Pharmacies outside of the pilot may go through the program at their own expense or be on stand by in case one of our original groups drops off.


Advance Readings

Article on Main Outcomes
Article on Description of Behavioral Lifestyle Intervention Diabetes Care
Article on Model for Translation GLB

Article on Training and Translation


Additional Information

Article on Elective Course for DPP for Students - American Journal of Pharmaceutical Eductation

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