Solera Health and Sun Health Join Forces to Combat Diabetes

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Diabetes News
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Phoenix-based nonprofit now part of Solera's national network of Diabetes Prevention Program providers

PHOENIX, Dec. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Solera Health, a leading integrated benefit network, today announced that Sun

Health, a community nonprofit, has joined its national network of diabetes prevention program (DPP) providers. Based in the metro Phoenix area, Sun Health is the first Arizona-based DPP provider to join Solera's network.

A 501(c)3 organization, Sun Health champions health in the community through a variety of wellness services, philanthropy, and senior living programs. Sun Health has been a successful DPP provider for several years and has achieved Full recognition status with the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

As of April 1, 2018, Medicare began paying qualified providers to deliver the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP), an evidence-based set of services aimed at preventing type 2 diabetes among Medicare beneficiaries with prediabetes. The goal of the MDPP is to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes through a year-long program. The small group classes will use a standardized curriculum and will be led by a trained lifestyle coach. The program aims to improve nutrition and increase physical activity with the goal of losing a minimum of 5% body weight, which has been correlated with a 70% reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes for people over age 60.

"With five locations across the greater-Phoenix area, we can impact more than a thousand local residents each year through the DPP classes we offer," said Jennifer Drago, executive vice president of population health for Sun Health. "As a longstanding community nonprofit health organization, we have relationships with physicians who know our program and believe in it, and whose patients trust them. Now, they have a place to refer their patients and know that through Solera's network, the patient's health insurance will cover the program. That's what makes this partnership with Solera so exciting."

Sun Health has been offering DPP program to the residents of the West Valley since 2014 and has enrolled more than 160 people.

"Sun Health is a valuable addition to our national network of DPP providers," said Brenda Schmidt, CEO of Solera Health. "We're thrilled to have this community organization, right here in Phoenix where we're headquartered, join our national network of MDPP providers."

About Sun HealthA long-standing champion of healthy living and superior health care, Sun Health is a community-based nonprofit organization providing philanthropy, senior living Life Pare programs and communities (Grandview Terrace in Sun City West, La Loma Village in Litchfield Park, The Colonnade in Surprise and Sun Health at Home) and health and wellbeing services. The Sun Health Foundation is proud to serve as the fundraising partner of Banner Boswell Medical Center, Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, and Banner Sun Health Research Institute. Our partnership provides Valley residents with the very best in medical care and community wellness programs to serve their needs, now and in the future. Learn more at

About Solera Health Solera Health is an integrated benefit network that connects patients, payers, and physicians with community organizations and digital therapeutics providers, simply and securely. Solera helps consolidate highly fragmented programs and services into one integrated network, allowing health plans and medical providers to increase consumer participation while lowering associated costs. Solera proactively identifies the "best fit" program provider based on each individual's unique needs and preferences, which has proven to have a significant impact on improved patient outcomes at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical care. For more information, visit Solera Health at, call 800-858-1714 or follow us on Twitter @SoleraNetwork or LinkedIn.

Media Contact Ken Reinstein 480-510-9762

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