Three researchers in the FAMU CHE – Otis Kirksey, Cynthia Seaborn, and Fajr Hassan – recently completed the required training to become certified to deliver the National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum. The two-day training was provided by Emory University Rollins School of Public Health.
“The Center for Health Equity’s focus has been on diabetes management and education,” said Kirksey, professor and eminent scholar chair in pharmacy practice. “The recent training we received at Emory University’s School of Public Health will enable us to expand our scope to include a much needed diabetes prevention component for underserved populations in the state.”
The National Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence-based lifestyle change platform for preventing Type 2 diabetes, built upon a national diabetes prevention research study. This study demonstrated that making modest behavior changes helped participants lose 5 to 7 percent of their body weight, which is 10 to 14 pounds for a 200-pound person. These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent in people with pre-diabetes.
“I am especially proud of Dr. Kirksey and his staff for the life-changing initiatives they have undertaken at the Center for Health Equity in regards to HIV and diabetes treatment and prevention,” said College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Michael D. Thompson. “Pursuing CDC recognition is truly consistent with our mission to reduce disparities where minorities are most affected.”
The training received by the CHE researchers is the initial step required for the Center to obtain national recognition from the CDC as a provider of its Diabetes Prevention Program. The CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) is a key component of the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The purpose of the DPRP is to recognize programs that have shown that they can effectively deliver a lifestyle change program to prevent Type 2 diabetes. The recognition program helps to ensure that the lifestyle classes offered by local organizations meet quality standards.
The FAMU CHE will be submitting its application for “recognition” status later this month. Enrollment for the Center’s inaugural class is expected to begin in March 2015. Participants enrolled in the program will work with a lifestyle coach in a group setting to receive a one-year lifestyle change program that includes 16 core sessions (usually one per week) and six post-core sessions (one per month).