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Minnesota SIM Accountable Community for Health Grant

In early 2015, Southern Prairie Community Care launched its diabetes prevention program.  Southern Prairie Community Care was awarded a two year grant to develop a community-wide initiative to delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes in those people most at risk through:

  • Early screening and detection.

  • Community education efforts focused on prevention.

Specifically, the initiative is conducting:

  • Free diabetes screenings to identify people at risk for the disease.

  • Enrolling those found to be at risk into locally delivered diabetes prevention programs following the curriculum of the National Diabetes Prevention Program, facilitated by community based Lifestyle Coaches.

The screening and education are being delivered at various community sites making it easily accessible and culturally appropriate.

The communities of Willmar, Marshall and Worthington are the focus in year one of the grant.  In year two the focus will shift to smaller communities with in the Southern Prairie area. 

The initiative will also focus on educating the community about diabetes to:

  • Increase awareness of the prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes

  • Increase the awareness of the risk factors for diabetes

  • Increase awareness of the importance of diabetes prevention

  • Increase awareness and success of Diabetes Prevention Programs

This project is part of a $45 million State Innovation Model (SIM) cooperative agreement, awarded to the Minnesota Departments of Health and Human Services in 2013 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to help implement the Minnesota Accountable Health Model.


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