Community Diabetes Initiative

The Community Diabetes Initiative (CDI) is a city-wide effort aimed at reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes among Baltimore City residents. This initiative is led by HealthCare Access Maryland in partnership with the Baltimore City Health Department.

CDI’s team of Community Health Workers are actively engaged in community outreach, educating the community about prediabetes, screening residents through a prediabetes risk assessment, and connecting eligible program participants to Diabetes Prevention Programs. The CDI team further facilitates connections for residents to essential resources, such as nutrition support, access to healthy foods, transportation, and other services for diabetes prevention and management.

About Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP)

Diabetes Prevention Programs are structured 12-month lifestyle change programs that prioritize healthier nutrition, increased physical activity, and weight loss. Participants are motivated to attain specific goals of the program, which include:

  1. Achieving a minimum of 5% weight loss.
  2. Engaging in at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week.
  3. Attaining a minimum reduction of 0.2% in hemoglobin A1c levels.
Diabetes Prevention Program Eligibility

To participate in the DPP, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or higher (23 o4 higher if Asian American)
  • Not be previously diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes
  • Have received a high-risk result (score of 5 or higher) on the Prediabetes Risk Test
  • Not be pregnant
Connect with the Community Diabetes team

Take the Self-Referral Assessment

Find the CDI Team in the Community
Funding: The Community Diabetes Initiative is a 5-year grant-funded program from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).