Partnerships – Diabetes Collective Impact

Minnesota Diabetes Collective Impact Initiative
(Spring 2012 to Fall 2016)


The vision of the Minnesota Diabetes Collective Impact Initiative was to become the state with the lowest incidence and the healthiest outcomes for diabetes in the nation.


The purpose of the Minnesota Diabetes Collective Impact Initiative was to bring multisector stakeholders together to develop shared goals and commitments to address diabetes care and diabetes prevention.

The Initiative’s Prevention Work Group focused on scaling solutions for preventing type 2 diabetes by making the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s evidence-based National Diabetes Prevention Program available to all Minnesotans at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Their effort had three primary goals:

  • Outreach to employers and self-insured businesses to increase awareness and demand for the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
  • Obtaining the benefit for state employees and for people on Medicaid
  • Engaging health plans in discussions about plan design that includes the DPP and reimbursement mechanisms    


The Minnesota Diabetes Collective Impact Initiative was an effort comprised of more than two dozen organizations representing a wide range of stakeholders. The initiative was launched by the Minnesota Department of Health’s Diabetes Unit and the Decade of Discovery, a partnership of the University of Minnesota and Mayo Health System, and was supported by Collective Impact contractor, FSG.  Executives from participating organizations served as members of the Executive Committee providing direction to the effort. 


Between 2013 and 2016 work completed by MDH and partners achieved substantial progress on the three coverage goals described above.

  • The DPP is a covered benefit for more than 92,000 state employees. 
  • Multiple large counties and employers have made the DPP a benefit for employees, and several cities and health care organizations are making it available for employees and patients.
  • In July 2016, the Minnesota Department of Human Services added an additional billable DPP code (CPT 0403T) to its existing allowable codes to bill for the DPP.
  • The DPP program is listed in DHS’s provider manual for Medicaid fee-for-service and work is ongoing to make the program accessible to people in Medicaid managed-care programs.

The group’s accomplishments paved the way for the work of the Minnesota Diabetes Prevention Network  which is now working to implement benefits coverage and help to expand the DPP delivery system to accommodate growing demand.

In addition, the group defined a set of key diabetes indicators that should be tracked to monitor the state of diabetes in Minnesota.  These are displayed on the Diabetes Dashboard

For more information about the Minnesota Diabetes Collective Impact Initiative, please contact