Expanding DPP Coaching Team–The Time is NOW!

Written by on 06/04/2020

During the pandemic, we realize the health of our community members and the prevention of T2 has never been more important! One way to do this? Become a DPP Lifestyle Coach…or consider growing your current coaching team. 

Below, part of a 2019 post addressing coach eligibility and building a quality coaching staff….The information remains relevant! 

If you are newly launching your Diabetes Prevention Program, curious about becoming a coach, or considering expanding your DPP staff, you may be wondering what are the “gold standards” when it comes to staffing? 

Did you know the 2018 DPRP Standards, appendix C, outlines the DPP criteria and benchmarks for a quality staff? According to the NDPP Customer Service Center, here ere are some of the main points:

Two staffing positions are required (a Lifestyle Coach and a Program Coordinator), and one staffing position is recommended (a Data Preparer). CDC-recognized organizations are responsible for hiring, training, and supporting all required staff. Lifestyle Coaches should have the ability to help participants make and sustain positive lifestyle changes. Program Coordinators should have the ability to serve as both the primary external champions of the program and as the organizational experts for program implementation consistent with the 2018 DPRP Standards. The Data Preparer should have the ability to record and submit session data elements for each participant to CDC. The Data Preparer can be either the Program Coordinator or the Lifestyle Coach if a third person is not designated at the time of application.”

Digging deeper into Appendix C, you will also find details and description of the elibigility criteria, roles and responsibilities for staffing positions (Coordinator, Lifestyle Coach).  And side note: Appendix D/E outlines the duties/processes for the Data Preparer!

Thorough review of this information can be very helpful in creating an “interview process”, framing questions around the criteria.

In the end, a rigorous and streamlined interview process can be an integral component in building a dynamic, qualified, and talented DPP staff!

**And remember, the State of Wellness is here to fulfill your training needs AND provide continuing support!**

Did you know…..once a DPP lifestyle coach is trained through the State of Wellness, he or she can attend any future DPP Lifestyle Coach training free of charge?  And….if you have a group of 10 or more colleagues who would like to complete the DPP Lifestyle Coach training, there is a 10% training discount!

Take a look at the upcoming training schedule and consider registering. If you don’t see a time/calendar schedule that works for you, reach out to us. We love to make things work for you. Here are some of the training details:

Training consists of both live interactive live classes and dynamic multimedia, self-paced study components.

  • A webcam and headset are not required but encouraged as they enhance the learning and sharing experience during live training.
  • All materials needed to successfully complete and ultimately deliver the program are included.
  • Participation is required in all live training sessions
  • Completion of all self-paced activities, final knowledge check and evaluation are required for successful completion of the Lifestyle Coach training program.
  • Ongoing technical assistance is provided during and after training to help ensure delivery success.
  • Periodic updates and continuing education opportunities are provided through both State of Wellness and our partner HPLive.org.

Let’s commit to growing the DPP across our nation! Together…we can achieve so much!




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