The Council for Diabetes Prevention brings together National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) industry stakeholders to increase access to the program, promote high-quality standards, and support the long-term scalability and sustainability of this unique patient-centered, community-based and digital program. We aim to accomplish this by educating others on the value of the National DPP, sharing best practices for program delivery, and collaborating with government policymakers and regulators in the program’s implementation.
Promote and enhance patient access, program quality, and sustainability of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) to prevent the 86 million Americans with prediabetes from developing diabetes.
Increase access to the National DPP
Promote high standards for National DPP quality
Scalability and sustainability of the patient-centered National DPP, including protecting and promoting access to community-based and digital programs
We work to educate influencers and industry on the value of the unique National DPP
We provide a network for our partners to share the best practices and lessons-learned from being on the front lines of National DPP delivery
We collaborate with government policymakers and regulators in the implementation of the National DPP
Brenda Schmidt is Founder and CEO of Solera Health. Solera is an integrated community health technology platform that connects patients, payers, and physicians with a new class of non-clinical healthcare providers, including community organizations, national partners and digital program providers safely and securely. In its role, Solera contracts with health plans to deliver evidence-based chronic disease prevention and management programs, including the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), to its member base, to effectively empower them to prevent and manage obesity-related chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Solera simplifies health plan contracting and consumer choice through a diverse national network of chronic disease prevention and management program providers.
Brenda leads Solera’s management team in creating, communicating, executing, and sustaining strategic initiatives, including work in the areas of corporate positioning and expansion and assessment of opportunities presented by emerging technologies, partnerships, strategic alliances and acquisitions. Brenda also serves on the Board of the Population Health Alliance.
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Lisa Shaffer is the SVP of Industry Relations and Business Development at the Blood Centers of America (BCA). She has over 16 years of experience at the BCA bringing in contracted business, developing alliances with Biotech Companies to bring new revenue opportunities, and most recently closing a deal that will bring disruptive technology to the industry in the area of manufacturing. She is working to develop a BCA national LifeStyle Coach network that will deliver the DPP program to communities that BCA blood centers serve.
Marlayna Bollinger is the Founder and Executive Director of the Skinny Gene Project. With over 12 years experience, as a diabetes prevention advocate, Marlayna has developed and implemented programs that have been proven to help those at-risk prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. Under her direction, the Skinny Gene Project was the first in San Diego County and third in the state of California to be awarded CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Full Recognition as a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Marlayna is an active community member for organizations and initiatives such as the Diabetes Coalition of California (DCC), Healthy Hearts California Prediabetes, Diabetes Self-Management and Physical Activity, San Diego Accountable Community for Health (SDACH), and San Diego Healthy Works: Prevention Initiative-Diabetes Prevention Program Workgroup. She draws upon her passion for diabetes prevention, as well as her strategic marketing background to continue building a sustainable ecosystem with the introduction of technology to develop a network of partners to share and ensure other providers’ success. Marlayna’s innovative approach to problem solving will continue to lead this award-winning non-profit organization for years to come.
Julia Hu is the CEO of Lark Technologies, a text-message-based, A.I. health coach designed to help people prevent and manage chronic disease. Named one of the “Top 10 Apps of 2015” out of two million apps by Apple, Lark works with innovative health plans, population health companies and medical device partners to provide 24/7 compassionate care at scale. Living with a chronic disease herself, Hu recognized the need for an empathetic friend and trusted advisor to help her and others live a healthier and happier life. She was most recently named Top 10 Women in Tech to Watch and 30 Under 30 by Inc.
Founder and Chief Medical Officer,
Dr. Neal Kaufman is the Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Canary Health, a transformative healthcare company that provides evidence-based, digital self-management programs, which prevent onset and arrest progression of chronic diseases. Canary Health is the longest provider of the digital DPP. Dr. Kaufman has an extensive background in health promotion, disease prevention and clinical care.