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If you’d like to offer the CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs you must submit an application and meet certain standards—such as having trained lifestyle coaches and using a CDC-approved curriculum. This ensures the programs are of high quality.

Technical Support

Please contact your local health department lead or the Utah Department of Health for assistance.

Support for Organizations

To attain CDC recognition, your organization must show that it can meet CDC standards and effectively deliver a proven diabetes prevention lifestyle change program. The Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) within the CDC exists in order to assure program integrity and fidelity. Additionally, National DPP organizations in Utah are encouraged to contact their local health department or the Utah Department of Health for local support.

National DPP organizations must track participant results and send data to CDC's DPRP each year to show that they are having an impact on preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes. The DPRP reviews these data and provides feedback to the program.

DPRP Support Webinars

Don't miss the opportunity to join one of the following live webinars hosted monthly by the DPRP.

  • New Organizations (2nd Tuesday of every month) - Join Skype Meeting at https://webconf.cdc.gov/eke0/TGS687NQ. This is an online meeting for Skype for Business, the professional meetings and communications app formerly known as Lync. Join by phone at (855) 644-0229 (Chamblee Dial-in Conference Region) Conference ID: 2455605.
  • Data Submitting Help (3rd Tuesday of every month) - Join Skype Meeting at https://webconf.cdc.gov/eke0/TGS687NQ. This is an online meeting for Skype for Business, the professional meetings and communications app formerly known as Lync. Join by phone at (855) 644-0229 (Chamblee Dial-in Conference Region) https://webaudio.cdc.gov Conference ID: 2455605.

Keys to Success: Resources for Organizations

The CDC has recently added helpful resources and information to their website in order to help you succeed. Visit the Keys to Success: Resources for Organization page for the following:

  • National DPP Welcome Guide and Welcome Video
  • Keys to Success Tip Sheets (Recruiting Participants; Increasing Participant Retention; Collecting and Monitoring Data; Achieving Participant Goals and CDC Full Recognition).

Tips for Recruiting Lifestyle Coaches

Recognized programs must use a lifestyle coach to deliver the program to participants. The position descriptions below identifies the responsibilities, eligibility criteria, skills, knowledge, and qualities of coaches and a Program Coordinator. A lifestyle coach will provide support and guidance to participants in the lifestyle program and implement standard curriculum designed for the lifestyle program.

Lifestyle Coach Manual (PreventT2)

Steps to CDC Recognition

With a CDC-recognized program, you can be sure that the work you put in will pay off.

The process to become a CDC-recognized National DPP provider takes a little bit of planning and will be worth the time you invest. Your organization will receive all the technical assistance you need from the CDC, the National Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP), Utah Department of Health and local health department staff. We all want your program to succeed so that we can prevent type 2 diabetes and improve awareness of prediabetes.

Prior to Applying

  1. Fill out the CDC DPRP Capacity Assessment (PDF). If you have the capacity to offer the lifestyle change classes, go on to step 2.
  2. Carefully read CDC Recognition Program Standards and Operating Procedures (PDF) to understand the expectations for your organization.
  3. Study the class curricula and handouts on the CDC website to see if it’s what you want to use.
  4. Develop a sustainability plan for your program. How will you fund your program? What is your marketing strategy? Do you have stakeholders? Consider becoming a Medicare National DPP (MDPP) provider or partnering with a healthcare professional for creating a bi-directional referral process. (Resource: www.sustaintool.org)
  5. Consult the Start-Up Costs SAMPLE Class Budget sheet (Excel File) we’ve created in order to guide you with how much your program may cost your organization.

Apply Online

  1. Decide who will staff your lifestyle change program. You will need a Program Coordinator, a Data Coordinator and Lifestyle Coach(es).
  2. Review the Position Description for Lifestyle Coach (PDF) to lead the lifestyle change program sessions and support participants.
  3. Designate a Data Coordinator to gather, analyze, and submit data to CDC using the Compass online data management tool.
  4. Apply online at the DPRP website. Once you apply, you will need to begin your first class within six months.
  5. Within 15 business days, CDC will send acknowledgement of receipt of your application and give you a DPRP Organization Code.
  6. Fill out our Compass Account Request Form (Google Form) after you receive your DPRP Organization Code and we'll create your Compass account.
  7. You are granted pending status for your organization as soon as your form is processed by the DPRP. Report class data once per year. You will become a fully recognized program after 24+ months of successful data submissions.

After Applying

You will be required to offer your first class (cohort) within six months of your effective date from the DPRP. Be sure to recruit motivated lifestyle coaches who will teach for you. Visit the CDC’s Lifestyle Coach and Master Training Organizations to find a CDC-recognized national training site. You can also contact one of our Utah Master Trainers to find out when the next local training will be.

If you have any questions about your application or the recognition program, please send an email to dprpAsk@cdc.gov. Also, you will find a few frequently asked questions about offering a program on the CDC’s website.

How Much Should I Charge for My Class?

The cost for participation in a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program depends on a variety of things:

  • The host organization’s funding and resources
  • Ability to work with partners and garner reimbursement for services via private or public insurers, and
  • Whether the program is offered at a worksite as part of a benefits package to employees.
  • Refer to our Start-Up Costs SAMPLE Class Budget sheet (Excel File) to see costs you will incure starting a new program.

CDC estimates the average cost of program delivery to be about $560 per participant annually. This is a small amount considering that the average cost per year to treat one person with diabetes is estimated at $13,700. (Source: www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/lifestyle-program/questions_support.html).

How Will I Collect Data?

Request access to our Compass online data management tool, available to you at no cost. Also, visit our Data page to review the participant information you'll need to send to the DPRP after each year. You'll find samples of an Informed Consent, Participant Agreement form, and more to get you started.

  1. Visit our Data & Compass page to review what data you'll need to collect.
  2. Next, fill out our Compass Account Request Form (Google Form) and we'll create your Compass online data management tool account today.

How Will I Market My Program?

Visit our Marketing page to get started on how to best reach potential participants for your program.

Full CDC Recognition

Your organization will receive full recognition from the DPRP after 24+ months of submitting participant data each year.


Sustainability will be the most important feature that guarantees long term success of your program.

Sustaining your program is more than just about money! Visit the https://sustaintool.org/understand for a great framework on creating a sustainable program. The definition of sustainability is, "A community's ongoing capacity and resolve to work together to establish, advance, and maintain support for people with chronic conditions to improve health and quality of life through self-management skills." (Missouri Toolkit)

In order to continue to provide high-quality self-management services and programs over the long-term, it's necessary to plan for the future.

  • Medicare (Part B) Reimbursement – starting April 2018!
  • Partnering with health care providers or other health professionals to create sustainable bi-directional referral policies.

Sustainability Resources

Grant Opportunities and Technical Support

Contact your local health department National DPP lead, or the Utah Department of Health to find out if there are grant opportunities available to help you become sustainable.