Diabetes Prevention Program

The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based 12-month lifestyle change program for HPSM Medi-Cal and CareAdvantage members with pre-diabetes. It is designed to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Members get advice from a trained Lifestyle Coach on how to make healthy lifestyle changes, like eating better and being more physically active. They also get educational materials and group support. 

Providers are encouraged to refer eligible members to the DPP. Refer your patient

Program cost

HPSM provides the DPP to eligible HPSM members at no cost. To learn about the DPP, members can visit www.hpsm.org/dpp or call HPSM’s Health Education Unit at 650-616-2165.

Program length

The program covers 22 peer-coaching sessions over 12 months. In addition, members who maintain a required minimum weight loss of five percent from the first sessions may be eligible to receive ongoing maintenance sessions past the 12-month core services period.


DPP-eligible members can use HPSM's Ride Benefit to get to in-person DPP sessions.

Program Eligibility Requirements

  • HPSM Medi-Cal or CareAdvantage member
  • At least 18 years old
  • No previous type 1 or type 2 diabetes diagnosis
  • Not pregnant
  • Not diagnosed with end-stage renal disease
  • A body mass index (BMI) of at least 25, or at least 23 if self-identified as Asian
  • Either of the following criteria:
    1. A blood test result in the prediabetes range within the last 12 months:
      • Hemoglobin A1c test: 5.7%–6.4%
      • Fasting plasma glucose: 100–125 mg/dL
      • Two-hour plasma glucose: 140–199 mg/dL (oral glucose tolerance test)
    2. A gestational diabetes diagnosis in a previous pregnancy (Medi-Cal members only)

Special-edition diabetes newsletter


This eight-page booklet is filled with tips to help patients manage their diabetes and stay healthy. It includes diabetes ABCs, a diabetes control checklist, a guide to online and local resources, plus much more. To get a print copy mailed to you, call the Health Education Unit at 650-616-2165.