Healthcare Professionals & The YMCA of Greater Seattle

As a leading nonprofit focused on strengthening community through youth development, social responsibility, and healthy living, the Y knows that health outcomes are largely influenced by factors of daily life outside of the clinic. In order to remain healthy, patients diagnosed with prediabetes may need to make lifestyle changes. Such changes can come with challenges, and but at the Y we know that that having a reliable support system can not only makes behavior changes easier for your patients but also helps ensure that they stay motivated.

The YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program – based on research by the National Institutes of Health and part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – is a proven, community-based disease prevention program that can provide your patients with the support they need to adopt the behaviors you recommend to improve their health. It uses a classroom setting and peer support to introduce and emphasize the benefits of:

  • healthy eating
  • moderate physical activity
  • modest weight loss
  • staying motivated

At the Y, we believe all people deserve the opportunity to live full, healthy lives. When you refer patients to the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program you can be confident they are led through this evidence-based program by trained Lifestyle Coaches. We work closely with each person to support their efforts in making lifestyle changes that we know can help delay, or even prevent, the onset of type 2 diabetes. We will provide you with updates on your patients' progress at regular intervals using a HIPAA compliant system to protect individual’s health information.

Risk Assessment for Patients


Patient Referrals:

Individuals are much more likely to participate in a program when they are directly referred to the YMCA, allowing YMCA care coordination staff to engage directly with the referred individual and connect them to the most appropriate program option. 


If you are working with someone who would like to participate in any of the programs mentioned above, please feel free to send the referral to us via any of the secure methods below: 

• Secure Fax - Fax this form to: 844 510 4775
• Direct Message via your EHR– send referrals via your direct mail address to (this is a centralized inbox)

If your organization is interested in building a smart phrase, EHR order, AVS report, or anything else that would help make referring individuals to these programs efficient and as effortless as possible, please let us know through contacting Sally Sundar, Director of Health Integration and Transformation for the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the Washington State Alliance of YMCAs.

Thank you for entrusting the YMCA with supporting individuals in your care! It is a responsibility we do not take lightly and a true privilege.

Partners and Community Organizations Actively Connecting * At-Risk Individuals to the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program:

Virginia Mason Medical Center
UW Medicine
MultiCare Health System
Pacific Medical Centers
NeighborCare Health
Swedish Health System
Washington State Health Care Authority
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Currently referring patients through electronic health record (EHR) referral order or secure fax