Innovation Awards – Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke

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In September, 2018, CDC awarded funds to State and Local Health Departments to design, test, and evaluate innovative approaches to address the significant national health problems of diabetes and heart disease and stroke.

Awardees funded by this new 5-year cooperative agreement include (29 total) –

  • 22 State Health Departments
  • 5 Large City/County Health Departments
  • 2 Consortia of City/County Health Departments

With CDC support, these health departments will develop new approaches to increase the reach and effectiveness of evidence-based public health strategies in populations and communities with a high burden of diabetes, or heart disease and stroke.  Recipients will conduct rigorous evaluations so that CDC and others can learn from this work.

These new approaches aim to:

  • Prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes in people at risk and improve the health of people living with diabetes.
  • Prevent and manage cardiovascular disease.

Recipients will develop and evaluate innovative approaches in areas such as –

Diabetes Management and Type 2 Diabetes Prevention

  • Increase access to, enrollment in and retention of people with prediabetes in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program in underserved and high-burden areas.
  • Explore and test innovative ways to eliminate barriers to participation and retention in the National DPP lifestyle change program for people with prediabetes and diabetes self-management education and support services (DSMES) for people with diabetes.
  • Tailor communications and messaging to reach underserved populations at greatest risk for type 2 diabetes to raise awareness of prediabetes and the National DPP lifestyle change program.
  • Support advanced training for National DPP lifestyle coaches to strengthen the skills needed to engage and retain participants in the program.
  • Work with health care systems to establish or expand the use of telehealth to increase access to DSMES services or retinopathy screening for people with diabetes or the National DPP lifestyle change program for people at high risk for type 2 diabetes in underserved areas.
  • Increase the use of clinical systems and care practices to improve the health of people with diabetes and promote early detection of chronic kidney disease.
  • Increase bi-directional e-referral between health care systems and CDC-recognized organizations delivering the National DPP lifestyle change program.

Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Management

Approaches in this area will include those that:

  • Track and monitor clinical measures shown to improve healthcare quality and identify patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol.
  • Implement team-based care for patients with high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol, including testing innovative ways to engage non-physician team members.
  • Link community resources and clinical services that support bi-directional referrals, self-management, and lifestyle change for patients with high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and/or who have had a cardiac event through –
    • Engagement of patient navigators/community health workers.
    • Bi-directional referral between community programs/resources and healthcare systems.
    • Expanded use of telehealth including mobile health technology.
    • Innovative ways to enhance referral, participation, and adherence in cardiac rehabilitation programs in traditional and community settings, including home-based settings.

29 total awardees are funded.  Of this total –

  • 17 received both diabetes and heart disease and stroke awards
  • 8 additional recipients received heart disease and stroke awards
  • 4 additional recipients received diabetes awards

CDC Funding

Recipient Organization
(Organizations receiving both diabetes and heart disease and stroke awards)
Diabetes Heart Disease and Stroke Total Award
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment 900,000 900,000 1,800,000
Georgia Department of Public Health 400,000 400,000 800,000
Los Angeles County Public Health 1,200,000 1,200,000 2,400,000
Massachusetts Department of Health 900,000 900,000 1,800,000
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services 1,000,000 1,000,000 2,000,000
Minnesota Department of Health 1,000,000 1,000,000 2,000,000
Missouri State Health Department 800,000 800,000 1,600,000
Montana State Health Department 750,000 750,000 1,500,000
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services 800,000 800,000 1,600,000
New York State Department of Health – Health Research Inc. 1,000,000 1,000,000 2,000,000
NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene 1,000,000 1,000,000 2,000,000
Prince Georges County, Maryland 1,200,000 1,200,000 2,400,000
Rhode Island Department of Health 750,000 750,000 1,500,000
South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control 900,000 900,000 1,800,000
Utah Department of Health 1,000,000 1,000,000 2,000,000
Virginia Department of Health 1,000,000 1,000,000 2,000,000
Wisconsin Department of Health 900,000 900,000 1,800,000
program funds
Recipient Organization
(Additional organizations receiving heart disease and stroke awards only)
  Heart Disease and Stroke Total Award
County of San Diego, California 900,000 900,000
Florida Department of Health 850,000 850,000
Fresno County Department of Public Health 600,000 600,000
Kansas Department of Health and Environment 800,000 800,000
Nevada Department of Health 750,000 750,000
Philadelphia Department of Public Health 1,200,000 1,200,000
Texas Department of State Health Services 950,000 950,000
Washington State Department of Health 600,000 600,000
program funds
Recipient Organization
(Additional organizations receiving diabetes awards only)
Diabetes   Total Award
Illinois Public Health Institute/ Chicago Department of Public Health 1,200,000 1,200,000
Kentucky Department of Public Health 928,477 928,477
Louisiana Department of Health 750,000 750,000
North Carolina Department of Health 1,000,000 1,000,000
Page last reviewed: December 17, 2018