Program Abstract

April 2013


The Institute for Leadership, Inc. (IFL) and the Business and Labor Coalition of New York (BALCONY) are partnering with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) to launch an information campaign and a series of workshops to address Type 2 diabetes prevention within at-risk communities in New York State.

The IFL/BALCONY Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP)
Campaign kicks off May 16, 2013 with a Diabetes Symposium in New York City. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Ann Albright, Director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Other leading diabetes and health care experts will be participating in the conference.

The symposium will be held in the

Ballroom at 4 West 43rd St., New York, NY,

from 8:30 a.m - noon.  Admission: $40.



The IFL/BALCONY DPP, which will be available to New York State labor unions, businesses and faith-based groups at workplaces is modeled after the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program. The main objective is to educate and empower at-risk people so they can take preventative measures to avoid Type 2 diabetes. The IFL/BALCONY DPP is a 16-week program that stresses a healthy lifestyle that adheres to CDC diabetes prevention standards.

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Lou Gordon, BALCONY Director

Rev. Michel Faulkner, IFL President

According to the CDC approximately 25.8 million people, or 8.3 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes. If the trend continues, one in three adults is expected to have diabetes by 2050. In New York State 4.5 million people are pre-diabetic. Last year, diabetes cost the U.S. $245 billion, the American Diabetes Association reported.

Click here for the CDC's 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet

New York - Percentage of Adults (aged 18 years or older)
with Diagnosed Diabetes, 1994 - 2010

Graph Courtesy CDC


Lifestyle modifications that stress healthy eating and regular exercise can reduce the three-year risk of developing diabetes by 58% overall and 71% for adults 60 years of age and older. Weight loss was the dominant predictor of reduced diabetes incidence and for every 2.2 pounds of weight-loss there was a 16% reduction in diabetes risk.

Over the course of two years, IFL gained invaluable knowledge on effective diabetes prevention through the statewide implementation of its Faith Fights Diabetes Initiative (FDDI), which mirrors the CDC's national prevention program. IFL took this program to over 150 churches and counseled more than 2,000 church members in diabetes prevention. IFL and BALCONY will apply the program's methodology to the 16-week DPP.

Goals of the IFL/BALCONY Diabetes Prevention Program:

1. Promote and disseminate information on the CDC's evidence-based National Diabetes Prevention Program

2. Recruit Life Coaches who will be able to promote the program within their communities and effectively communicate the central points that include lifestyle and environmental changes as well as policy advocacy

3. Develop relationships within participating communities as a way to promote the program

Objectives of the IFL/BALCONY Labor Fights Diabetes:

1. Identify at least 5,000 people at risk for diabetes using a modified version of the American Diabetes Association's Risk Assessment Survey

2. Establish at least 20 Diabetes Prevention Programs in BALCONY partner work sites

3. Create a program model and structure that allows DPP participants to receive a reimbursement through their health insurance




IFL/BALCONY Diabetes Prevention Program Symposium

May 16, 2013

BALCONY and IFL are seeking sponsors to support the event.

Sponsorship Levels

Title Sponsor $25,000

A Title sponsorship offers a major branding opportunity for a company. This level brings the diabetes prevention program to the sponsor's business. The sponsor's business will be advertised in all program materials and in radio ads. The sponsor will be offered remarks at the Diabetes Symposium, 25 tickets to the event, a banner and a presentation table.

Co-Title Sponsor $20,000

A Co-Title sponsorship means the sponsor's logo will be advertised in all program materials and in radio ads. The sponsor's business will be offered remarks at the Diabetes Symposium, 20 tickets to the event, a banner and a presentation table.

Prime Sponsor $15,000

A Prime sponsorship offers the sponsor advertisement in program materials. The sponsor's business will receive 20 tickets to the event, a banner and a presentation table.

Key Sponsor $10,000

A Key sponsorship brings with it advertisement in program materials. The sponsor's business will receive 15 tickets to the event, a banner and a presentation table.

Supporting Sponsor $7,500

A Supporting sponsorship gives the sponsor advertisement in program materials, a banner and 15 tickets to the event.

Key Partner $5,000

A Key partnership provides advertisement in program materials and 15 tickets to the event.

Partner $2,500

A partnership offers advertisement in program materials and 10 tickets to the event.

Supporter $1,000

A support sponsorship gets advertisement in program materials and 5 tickets to the event.

All sponsor checks should be made out to:

The Institute for Leadership

For more information, please contact


Reverend Michel Faulkner, President

Institute for Leadership

245 W. 135th St.

New York, NY 10020


Lou Gordon, Director



4 West 43rd Street, Suite 405

New York, NY 10036






Suprina Berenyi, Health and Wellness Director









BALCONY is co-chaired by Alan Lubin, former executive vice president of New York State United Teachers, former New York State Senator Catherine M. Abate, currently CEO of the Community HealthCare Network, and Robert M. Hayes, Executive Vice President of Universal American Corp. Lou Gordon has served as BALCONY's Director since its inception in 2006.

Al Lubin

Catherine M  Abate

Alan Lubin

Catherine M. Abate

Robert M. Hayes

BALCONY has also hosted many
public policy forums throughout New York State which have featured: New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, New York City Comptroller John Liu, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson, former Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, and many more.

Prominent labor leaders who have participated in the

BALCONY events include: Susan Kent, President of Public Employees Federation; Arthur Cheliotes, President of CWA Local 1180; John Durso, President of the Long Island AFL-CIO; Barbara Zaron, President of OMCE; Elly Spicer, Director of the New York City Carpenters Labor Management Corp.; Sara Horowitz, Founder of the Freelancers Union; and Dick Iannuzzi, President of NYSUT.

business members are Cynthia DiBartolo, CEO of Tigress Financial; Bill Samuels, Managing Director of Carlyle Capital Group; Mark Jaffe, President of the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce; David Pollak, of The Pegasus Group. Other important BALCONY business members include: TIAA-CREF, USI Affinity, First Union Trade Bank, The Amalgamated Bank and The Amalgamated Life Insurance Company.

healthcare provider coalition includes MVP Health Care, CDPHP Health Care, Transparent Health Care, HSA Bank, Aetna, United Healthcare, Davis Vision, New York RX, Pharmacists Society of the State of New York, Mount Sinai Hospital and Universal American.

nonprofit members include: Medicare Rights Center, DEMOS, NYCOSH, Community Healthcare Network and WhyHunger.

BALCONY is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.



About IFL

The Harlem-based Institute For Leadership (IFL) co-founded by the Rev. Michel Faulkner has impacted nearly one million New Yorkers through their community programs and statewide faith-based consortium to lower the rates of diabetes.

The IFL's mission is to make tomorrow better by making better leaders today to help community leaders to bring scalable solutions to difficult community problems. To that end, the IFL has taken on society's most difficult problems exist in the areas of health, job creation and families.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that on the present trajectory one in three Americans will have diabetes by 2050 and IFL has tackled this disease because it has quickly become the most expensive and challenging health problems that are facing New York State residents.

In 2010, the IFL launched the Faith Fights Diabetes Initiative with a $1.7 million grant from the New York State Health Foundation as part of their statewide campaign to impact those at risk for diabetes where they live, work and worship.

Over the course of three years, the IFL gained invaluable expertise by establishing a highly effective community-based statewide diabetes prevention model engaged 4,425 congregations involving approximately 875,000 people.

A 2012 study conducted by the New York Academy of Medicine found that participants in the statewide Faith Fights Diabetes group-focused program lost weight, managed diabetes and were able to teach others about adopting healthy lifestyle habits.

The report concluded by saying that the IFL's Faith Fights Diabetes model suggests that faith institutions across New York State have significant capacity for implementing diabetes prevention and disease management programs. Today, the IFL's community-based diabetes prevention model is recognized as one of the nation's most effective and successful programs by providing New Yorkers the necessary tools to live healthier and longer lives.

The IFL's accomplishments include:

*  Engaged 4,425 congregations involving approximately 875,000 people

*  Identified 9,426 people at-risk for diabetes using the American Diabetes Association survey

*  Implemented 161 Defy Diabetes programs in places of worship totaling more than 2,586 participants

*  Identified nearly 500 people who had the diabetes but were unaware of it

 Launched the Statewide Institute For Leadership Community Health Worker Association (IFLCHWA), which certifies and hires workers part-time to educate the public about how to make and maintain healthy lifestyle

*  Trained and certified more than 200 Community Health Workers

*  Established a statewide Faith-based Consortium

The IFL has hosted many successful public forums and workshops, including diabetes prevention, job creation and family development. Our key partners, among others include: the New York State Health Foundation, Institute For Family Health, Chiaroscuro Foundation, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD).

The IFL understands that leadership is the act of taking a position of support and serving others by example. Our mission is to help develop leaders and help our communities find scalable solutions. We understand the important contributions we all can make to society by having the confidence to know when to lead, follow or get out the way.

The IFL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based organization founded in 2003.






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4 West 43rd Street, Suite 405

New York, NY 10036 

(212) 219-7777 


Lou Gordon, Director





Alan Lubin, Co-Chair Labor
Robert M. Hayes, Co-Chair Business, Sr. VP, Universal American Corp.
Catherine M. Abate, Co-Chair Non-Profit, President/CEO, Community HealthCare Network

Executive Board

Anthony Potenza, Executive Director, New York Labor Health Care Alliance
Anita Kartalopoulos

Cynthia D. DiBartolo, Tigress Financial Partners
Mark Jaffe, BALCONY Treasurer; President, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
Bruce Ventimiglia, Saratoga Capital Management

BALCONY Support Team

Lou Gordon, BALCONY Director
Richard Winsten, Counsel, MSEK
Nick Moroni, BALCONY Communications Director
Diane Masters, BALCONY Director of Special Projects
Katie Brandenstein, BALCONY Events Consultant
Haya Kramer, BALCONY Development Consultant
Jodi Wiener, Golf Outing Coordinator
Kevin R. Weaver, Web Master and Computer Consultant

BALCONY is a 501(c)(4) non-profit. Contributions are not tax deductible and BALCONY does not make political endorsements nor campaign contributions.