Philadelphia Diabetes Prevention Collaborative

Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) is proud to serve as the backbone organization for the Philadelphia Diabetes Prevention Collaborative, an important strategic initiative to improve population health outcomes in the 5-county region. In partnership with the stakeholders listed below, we are working to develop a comprehensive approach to prevent diabetes.

National Partners

American Diabetes Association

The American Diabetes Association is committed to its mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes, and supports this regional collaboration in Philadelphia to improve referrals and access to CDC-recognized Lifestyle Change Programs as part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and a major cause of heart attacks, strokes and disability for people living with type 2 diabetes—yet only about half recognize the risk. The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) created an initiative, Know Diabetes by Heart to combat the public health impact of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Connect with us on, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1. 

American Medical Association

The American Medical Association is supporting JCPH through a grant to serve as the backbone organization for the Philadelphia Diabetes Prevention Collaborative.

Local Partners & Collaborators


Aetna, a CVS Health Company, serves an estimated 38 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Our coordinated care approach to diabetes management engages members through all stages of their journey — from diagnosis to monitoring to treatment. We’re facilitating access to high-quality health care so that members can get and stay healthy. We’re committed to giving members the tools, education and support to stick with treatment and manage their condition with success. We’re here to help. Digital, personal and local support for members is available. Visit to connect with an Aetna care management representative. 


As a global health service company, Cigna's mission is to improve the health, well-being, and peace of mind of those they serve by making health care simple, affordable, and predictable. Their goal is to provide comprehensive health care coverage with "no surprises."

Cigna's values are the core of their culture and guide how they work together globally to serve their customers, patients, clients, communities, and deliver on their mission.


Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition on Health (GPBCH)

GPBCH continues to educate its employer members on the Diabetes Prevention Program and recommends the DPP due to its effectiveness and cost efficiency when considering the expenses associated with treating diabetes. We communicate our support through various educational programs & documents, newsletter articles, and member interest group discussion.

Health Care Improvement Foundation

The Health Care Improvement Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization that drives high-value health care through stakeholder collaboration and targeted quality improvement initiatives.

Health Federation of Philadelphia (HFP)

Health Federation of Philadelphia is a public health non-profit organization that was founded in 1983 as a membership organization of Federally Qualified Health Centers whose mission was to improve access to care.  This foundational mission continues to anchor HFP's work and drives our commitment to respond to the needs of underserved, and often unseen communities who are challenged by social determinants of health. 

HFP has full recognition by the Centers for Disease Control and provides lifestyle coaching for Philadelphia DPP cohorts, as well as lifestyle coach training in order to build capacity among local health centers/systems. 

Health Partners Plans (HPP)

Individuals identified as prediabetic may benefit from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention- (CDC) recognized diabetes prevention lifestyle change program. These Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) classes help at-risk members make healthier lifestyle choices and may prevent diabetes from developing through weight loss, a healthier diet, stress reduction and increased physical activity.

Health Partners Plans partners with provider groups and community organizations to organize and host DPP classes.

Health Promotion Council (HPC)

HPC is a nonprofit organization and subsidiary of Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) with more than 35 years of experience focused on equitable and culturally responsive services addressing chronic disease prevention and management, and on improving quality of life in communities across Pennsylvania. HPC’s mission is to  promote health, and prevent and manage chronic disease, especially among vulnerable populations, through community-based outreach, education and advocacy. HPC works closely with multisector partners to increase access to evidence-based programming that empower individuals among diverse populations to make healthier choices and improve health outcomes and address social determinants of health.

HealthShare Exchange (HSX)

HealthShare Exchange is a membership-dues-supported organization that makes electronic patient-care information available securely throughout the area’s medical system, linking data across hospital systems and healthcare insurers and other healthcare organizations as a service to HSX members and participants.  The HSX platform allows medical centers, insurers, physician practices, and community service organizations to share clinical records to make patient care more informed — by providing patient histories and event notifications throughout the system.  Such exchange is part of the health information future for providers, payers, and consumers seeking better, more cost-effective care.  It promotes continuity of care, reduces the need to transmit or transport medical information by patients or by fax, and helps to reduce duplicate services.

Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance company in the Philadelphia region. Our top priority is to enhance the health and well-being of the people and the communities which we serve.

Jefferson Center for Urban Health

The Jefferson Center for Urban Health strives to improve the health and well-being of individuals and neighborhoods in Philadelphia by marshalling the resources of Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Health, and partnering with community organizations and neighborhoods The Center undertakes more extensive assessments in partnership with community-based organizations to create programs that reflect community need, voice and culture.

Keystone First

Keystone First has been serving the southeastern Pennsylvania region for more than 35 years.  Keystone First is Pennsylvania's largest Medical Assistance (Medicaid) managed care health plan, currently serving more than 400,000 Medical Assistance recipients in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.

Latino Connection

Latino Connection, a grassroots marketing and communications agency - specializing in reaching minority populations. Aligning with social determinants health, we help community, business, health, education, and government entities build strategic solutions to reach the growing demographic of Hispanic American, and low-income communities.

Since its inception, Latino Connection has been certified by the Eastern Minority Supplier Diversity Council and is recognized as a Hispanic Business Enterprise by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and as a Minority Certified Business by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. 

Mayor's Commission on Aging

Philadelphia is experiencing a major demographic shift - increasing its diversity in terms of age, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. The Mayor’s Commission on Aging serves older Philadelphians as they age thru programs and information to enhance their quality of life. MCOA is part of a network that seeks to connect older Philadelphians with innovative services that support health and wellness, housing security, transportation, employment and financial services, and access to benefits.

Oak Street Health

At Oak Street Health we're rebuilding healthcare as it should be that directly addresses rising costs and poor outcomes, two of the most pressing challenges facing the United States healthcare industry.  Most primary care practices follow fee-for-service models, which often prioritize volume of patient visits over quality of care.  Oak Street Health largely operates under a value-based managed care model, meaning our approach aligns the incentives of our patients, our providers and our payors by simultaneously improving health outcomes and care quality, lowering medical costs and improving the patient experience.  We currently operate 55 centers across the United States serving adults on Medicare, including 9 in the Philadelphia area.

Philadelphia County Medical Association (PCMS)

Since 1851, the Philadelphia County Medical Society has been representing physicians as they treat patients, advance science, maintain the standards of the profession, and protect the public health.  PCMS is  a professional membership organization for physicians is  a proud supporter in the Philadelphia Diabetes Prevention Collaborative and will continue to work to increase awareness and adopt of prevention and treatment guidelines for diabetes.

Pottstown Medical Specialists (PMSI)

PMSI is a physician-owned multispecialty group practice with offices in Berks and Montgomery Counties in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We are committed to delivering the highest quality medical healthcare through the coordination of properly planned, managed and utilized medical services. With respect, compassion, and consideration, our physicians deliver appropriate healthcare to our patients, providing for all of their healthcare needs.

Quality Insights

Quality Insights is the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Quality Insights offers technical assistance, tailored education, resources, and tools such as data reports all at no cost to health care providers. Through these efforts, we partner with communities and healthcare providers to improve patient safety, reduce harm and advance clinical care at local and regional levels. We are committed to collaborating with you to reach the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' goals of better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.

Temple Health

The DPP offered by Temple University Hospital is Certified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is recognized as a Medicare DPP Supplier.  Our program will help you avoid or delay type 2 Diabetes by teaching you how to change your lifestyle.  Groups meet for 16 weekly sessions and six monthly follow-up sessions with a trained Lifestyle Coach. 

Temple is enrolling now at multiple sites throughout the city.