YMCA Innovation Webinar: Leveraging Mobile Technology for Diabetes Prevention

Today I had the pleasure of hosting the first YMCA Innovation Webinar: Leveraging Mobile Technology for Diabetes Prevention.

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City launched the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program in 2014 and has served over 350 participants to date. The YMCA understands the importance of innovation and finding new ways to best meet people where they are so that we can create greater opportunity to engage them in their health and care. Our goal is to scale diabetes prevention by offering a virtual option. The Chief Operating Officer of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, John Mikos, engaged in a partnership with Noom who is a provider of the Diabetes Prevention Program via a mobile app. The program is targeted towards adults at risk for diabetes who want to lose weight and be more active. It is a year-long program that includes the support of a YMCA Lifestyle Coach who will help monitor participants' progress and motivate them towards success and preventing the development of Type 2 diabetes. Noom's platform will allow us to create a broader reach for the program making the Diabetes Prevention Program more flexible and more accessible to members of our community.

For more information or to join the program, please contact DomoniqueBell@KansasCityYMCA.org or call 816-285-8055.

More on Community Integrated Health at the YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Kansas City created the Community Integrated Health department as a means to foster the creation of sustainable, effective linkages between the clinical and community settings. Our overarching objective is to improve access to preventive and chronic care services and through these collaborations contribute to improving the overall health of the community.

The goals of clinical-community linkages include:

  • Creating cross community referral strategies to leverage resources across the health and care continuum.

  • Creating intentional and sustainable partnerships and relationships among clinical, community, and public health organizations to fill gaps in needed wellness, prevention and care delivery services.

  • To promote individual, family, and community involvement in improving health and reducing the burden of care.

  • To leverage all community partners in order to better scale the delivery of existing and future programs that are focused on health promotion, disease prevention and the treatment of chronic disease.

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