Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health and Human Services


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Caitlin Stinneford

Second Advisor

William Shelby


The Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and its follow-up, the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes Project, is a short-term basic survey conducted in recruited cohorts from the Salinas and Watsonville area to determine the causes of participants not completing the program. This project examines the social determinants of health in Monterey county contributing to poor health problems in minority populations. The Diabetes Prevention Program classes offered through the Central Coast YMCA are showing low levels of participants and a high number of participants withdrawing from the program. When low levels of education combined with poor health issues and lack of transportation, it can contribute to low levels of completion rates in the program. This article will summarize the findings of the project and provide evidence, knowledge and insights gained from working with the participants of the Central Coast YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program.