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Priority Populations


CDC defines priority populations as those who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion. When determining populations to prioritize when recruiting and enrolling in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program, states are encouraged to focus on those who have under-enrolled in the National DPP lifestyle change program despite relatively higher rates of type 2 diabetes. These populations may include Medicare beneficiaries, men, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Pacific Islanders, and noninstitutionalized people with visual impairments or physical disabilities. CDC has developed resources to recruit and enroll individuals in these populations, available on the CDC National DPP Customer Service Center.

The purpose of these pages is to provide guidance on identifying, recruiting, and delivering the National DPP lifestyle change program to these populations. Additional priority population pages will be added to this section as they become available.


The Disability and Inclusion page provides guidance on how to ensure that delivery of the National DPP lifestyle change program is inclusive of individuals with disabilities and includes examples of initiatives aimed at developing inclusive programs from NACDD’s DP17-1705 work.