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Building Minnesota’s Diabetes Prevention System: Engagement and Planning Meeting
September 13 and 14, 2016

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a partnership of public and private organizations working at the national, state and local levels to tackle the enormous problem of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes facing our Nation. The NDPP partners work together to make it possible for people increase payment for and participation in the Diabetes Prevention Program. The Diabetes Prevention Program is a proven, high-quality lifestyle change program that helps people with prediabetes develop eating and physical activity patterns that promote weight loss and reduce their risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

About the Conference

The Minnesota Department of Health Diabetes Unit, in partnership with the Minnesota Diabetes Collective Impact Executive Team and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors held a diabetes prevention state engagement and planning meeting September 13 and 14, 2016. The conference was designed to bring together leaders from multiple sectors to learn about National and State action to expand access to the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) for people who have prediabetes or are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. It provided a forum for highlighting strategies and advancements and generating new ideas and plans for expanding Minnesota’s DPP payment and delivery systems.

More than 100 leaders from health care, business, insurance, government, community organizations and other sectors attended the first day of the meeting on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. The presentation slides are available in links in the conference agenda below.


8:30-9:05 a.m. – Welcome, Introductions, Purpose of Meeting

  • Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Gretchen Taylor, MPH, RD Diabetes Program Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Marti Macchi, MEd, MPH Director of Programs, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

9:05 to 10:05 a.m. – Understanding the National Landscape: Making Diabetes Prevention a Reality

  • Ann Albright, PhD, RD Director, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

10:05 to 10:25 a.m. – Understanding the Minnesota Diabetes Prevention Landscape: History and Progress

  • Gretchen Taylor, MPH, RD Diabetes Program Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Health

10:25 a.m. to 10:35 a.m. – Break

10:35 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Spotlight on Success in Minnesota

12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. – Lunch Break

1:20 to 3:00 p.m. – Opportunity Knocks: Showcasing National Resources to Expand Statewide Diabetes Prevention Program Coverage and Delivery in Minnesota

3:05 to 3:20 p.m. Closing Remarks, Call to Action, and Evaluations

  • Gretchen Taylor, MPH, RD Diabetes Program Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Health

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A group of 40 participants from Tuesday's meeting were invited to participate in an action planning session on Wednesday. The session focused on two broad topics:

  • Expanding insurance coverage of and reimbursement for the DPP statewide
  • Building and maintaining a statewide DPP delivery system

During the planning sessions the participants determined priorities within the payment and delivery system areas, defined goals and identified who could lead key steps involved in achieving goals.

Notes from the discussion will be circulated to all meeting attendees and those who expressed interest in attending but could not. MDH will develop the final action plan with input from this broad group of stakeholders.

Get involved

The Diabetes Prevention Network is working to develop a formal action plan and then engage stakeholders around the state to work together to implement the plan. You can join in and take part in this work.

  • If you completed an evaluation at the September 13th meeting, you are done. You've already expressed your interest in being a part of this work.
  • If you did not attend the event or you did not complete an evaluation, please complete a brief survey Building Minnesota’s Diabetes Prevention System to let us know what you are interested in and what you can bring to this partnership.

Funding for this conference was made possible by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.