The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) helps adults at high risk for developing Type II Diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity, and losing a modest amount of weight. YGS seeks resources to pursue a more multifaceted approach to population health transformation that incorporates a focus on the individual, their family, their neighborhood and community norms, the political environment, and historical contexts around discrimination, racism, and health literacy. Through staffing, program delivery, and outreach strategies, the program will increase equitable access to, utilization, and impact of the DPP, as one means of addressing growing disparities around chronic disease in King County.
• Tailor program delivery as appropriate to cultural context of target population
• Work with community to identify appropriate/accessible locations and scheduling of DPP
• Implement strategies that address barriers to access such as transportation support
• Increase program participant’s access to resources that assist with optimal program outcomes through partnerships with other agencies (for example, YGS is in progressive stages of planning with Food Lifeline to couple DPP with access to their mobile food pantry)
• Create intentional connections to community engagement efforts taking place at the Y through New American Welcome Centers and other inclusive services/events to foster a sense of community and belonging at YGS where appropriate
YMCA of Greater Seattle
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