Emory Centers for Public Health Training and Technical Assistance Awarded $50 Million to Support Diabetes Prevention and Management

July 25, 2023


Over 130 million adults are estimated to be living with diabetes or prediabetes in the US. In addition to being the 8th leading cause of death, diabetes-related disabilities and other related health impacts result in $327 billion in medical costs and lost wages each year. Inequities in access to care and prevention worsen the problem, as do limited disease prevention and management resources.

A new five-year, $50 million grant awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to Emory Centers for Public Health Training and Technical Assistance (Emory Centers) will help address this need. This will be done in partnership with the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES). 

Through this funding, Emory Centers and ADCES will provide subject matter expertise, training, and technical assistance to support recipients of CDC companion funding CDC-RFA-DP-23-0020 (DP2320)—which include state health departments and various types of local and national organizations—as they work to increase access to and delivery of diabetes management and type 2 diabetes prevention and risk reduction interventions for priority populations nationwide. 

“Our training and technical assistance approach to capacity building matches the type, form, and frequency of learning experiences to the assessed needs and assets of individual DP2320 recipients within their context, community, and culture,” says Linelle Blais, PhD, executive director of Emory Centers. “This tailored approach will make it easier for those at the forefront of changing systems and community programs and practices to grow the expertise and networks needed to more quickly reach and impact diabetes through working with and for those populations at greatest need.”

In addition, Emory Centers and ADCES will create the Diabetes MATCH (Mobilizing Access Through Capacity Building and Health Equity) Initiative in collaboration with CDC and a national network of subject matter experts. Through the initiative, they will provide a range of customized training and technical assistance to ensure 2320 recipients are able to implement their funded strategies and increase access to diabetes prevention and management programs in their communities.

“The Diabetes MATCH Initiative emphasizes our experience with a collective impact approach that integrates the strength of Emory Centers and ADCES working together with other subject matter experts, community partners, and systems in all aspects of the work,” says Lillian Madrigal, PhD, MPH, director of implementation science and practice with Emory Centers.

Emory Centers has been working to make a difference in diabetes since 2010 when they joined the CDC in launching the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Through its Diabetes Training and Technical Assistance Center, Emory Centers has worked to scale the National Diabetes Prevention Program in local communities, state and local health departments, organizations, workplaces, and health care systems.