Building on substantial research, The Russell Berrie Foundation is embarking on a new, experimental effort to invest in diabetes prevention by supporting the creation of two innovative community-based prevention initiatives in Bergen County.
The pilot initiatives will draw on knowledge that has emerged from the field of diabetes care and prevention, along with a recognition of the powerful role that trusted community-based institutions can play in translating clinician recommendations into the real-world circumstances of people's daily lives.
“We cannot end diabetes through treatment alone,” said Angelica Berrie, president of the board of trustees of The Russell Berrie Foundation. “The Russell Berrie Foundation’s diabetes prevention initiative is a partnership with Bergen County organizations and institutions we have supported, to create a sustainable lifestyle for our community.”
The effort consists of three $200,000 grants, two of which are being awarded to the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and BVMI (the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative) to design, refine and implement community-focused diabetes prevention programs in the cities of Garfield and Hackensack, respectively.
The third grantee, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, will provide ongoing technical and strategic assistance. A team drawn from the Icahn School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health Science and Policy and its Center for Health Equity and Community Engaged Research will ensure that the Garfield and Hackensack programs are as effective as possible, and that their experiences lead to learning that can strengthen the field. The grants will cover a three-year time span.