Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) received a grant from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), to improve health outcomes for people with disabilities. The MDHHS has contracted with the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Institute (MI-DDI) to work as consultants to implement the project goals, activities and outcomes. MI DDI works in collaboration with the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (NKFM0, and their extensive experience in providing the Diabetes and Prevention Program statewide to expand the evidence based health promotion program to include people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The DPP helps people at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, through classes that offer information on the benefits of good nutrition and increasing physical activity to reduce participant's chances of getting the disease. MI DDI will offer recommendations as to how the curriculum can become more accessible for people with I/DD to attend the program. MI DDI will provide training to NKFM DPP trainers increase the number of people who have disabilities participate in this valuable health promotion program.


  • Conduct an extensive literature review of existing evidence based diabetes prevention programs for people with I/DD.

  • Create a Recommendations Paper on resources that may increase the accessibility of the DPP program for people w/IDD.

  • Offer recruitment strategies to improve opportunities for people with I/DD to participate in the DPP program in inclusive settings in their communities.

  • Train four NKFM DPP trainers, on the recommended resources that will improve their skills at engaging people with I/DD in the program.


Elizabeth Janks
Associate Director of Training and Education
Email: ab3707@wayne.edu
Phone: (313) 577-6368