About the Program

The Neighborhood Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) was established in 2015, through generous funding by the Anthem Foundation, Inc., branded by Empire BlueCross BlueShield in New York and Anthem Blue Cross in California. This mentored service-learning program provides 200 hours of proactive diabetes education curriculum in a variety of community sites and healthcare-related settings in New York City and now in Los Angeles. The NDEP provides a $5,000 scholarship to 16 qualified individuals who are either medical or graduate nursing students (10 in New York City; 6 in Los Angeles). The focus of this program is to reduce adult diabetes impacting underserved communities with a structured diabetes education curriculum customized for the recruited target group.

Program Eligibility

NDEP Scholar candidates must meet the following eligibility:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) approval letter
  • Currently enrolled in an accredited medical or graduate-level nursing program located in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Los Angeles, CA
  • Please Note: Each diabetes education curriculum must be implemented in the New York City area (including boroughs) or in Los Angeles.
  • Identification with one of the following minority groups: African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian Americans (Vietnamese and Cambodian only)
  • Demonstrated leadership early in career
  • Commitment to serving medically underserved communities

Program Requirements

Scholars must complete their program requirements between October 2017 and May 2018. Program requirements include:

  • Orientation Participation
  • 200 service-learning hours at New York City or Los Angeles community site of choice
  • Implementation of a site-specific structured diabetes education curriculum
  • Written Report on Community Health
  • Oral Presentation w/ PowerPoint
  • Research Poster Creation
  • Program Colloquium Participation (Scholar, Mentor & Participant)
  • Evaluation – Program surveys (Scholar & Mentor)

About the Anthem Foundation

The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of Anthem, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Anthem Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation and its blog at http://anthemfoundation.tumblr.com.