Rapha Family Wellness Diabetes Prevention Program Now Approved for Medicaid Clients

Practice Launches Smartphone App to Further Enhance Program’s Effectiveness

Jocelyn Guthrie, Certified Personal Trainer, Health Coach, Diabetes Prevention Instructor and Victor ILozue, Chief Operating Officer, Rapha Family Medicine/Rapha Family Wellness Center.

Millennium partner Rapha Family Medicine/Rapha Family Wellness Center is family-owned and operated by Frances ILozue, MD and her husband Victor, Rapha’s chief operating officer. Since opening in 2007, Rapha has grown significantly with a primary focus on disease prevention and health maintenance.

Located on Main St., one block from the Bailey Ave. intersection, Rapha primarily serves Medicaid and Medicare clients with a broad range of services needed by families including adult and pediatric primary care services; basic gynecology services; and behavioral health services. Rapha’s site is fully equipped and available to provide on-site lab services, EKGs and Spirometry tests. In addition, the Rapha Family Wellness Center offers the latest in treadmills, elliptical machines, exercise bikes, weight training machines, free weights and stretching and aerobics class accessories of all kinds. Rapha also offers a courtesy van to help with transportation needs for Medicaid patients.

Victor and Jocelyn in the Rapha Wellness Center.

Rapha is also only one of five providers in the eight counties of Western New York that have achieved “Full Recognition” from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to offer CDC’s certified Diabetes Prevention Program, a 12-month program for diabetic lifestyle intervention consisting of weekly classes and exercise sessions led by Jocelyn Guthrie, instructor and health coach. (Full recognition means that a program has demonstrated effectiveness by achieving all of the performance criteria detailed in the DPRP Standards. For a Registry of All Recognized Organizations, please click on the following: https://nccd.cdc.gov/DDT_DPRP/Registry.aspx )

According to Victor, Rapha’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is covered by Medicare and private pay. Most recently, he added, beginning Feb. 1, 2020, New York State Medicaid National Diabetes Prevention Program will cover Rapha’s program for Medicaid recipients. (For the classes beginning Jan. 13, 2020, Rapha will offer this session to its Medicaid clients at no cost.)

“You do not have to be a Rapha patient to enroll in the Diabetes Prevention Program,” Victor explained. “In fact, we invite anyone who has  been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, or who just wants to learn how to improve their diet and eating habits and to lose weight to join our classes.”

Rapha Wellness App 1.0

Screen shots of Rapha Wellness App 1.0 features.

As an added featured of the Rapha Diabetes Prevention Program, Victor shared the practice has developed and is making available a new App – Rapha Wellness App 1.0 – for clients and program participants who have either an Android phone or iPhone.

In addition to enabling goal setting and logging of measurements; the Rapha Wellness App enables tracking of daily meals and calorie intake and exercise activity tracking. And, it also serves as an information resource displaying class schedules and timely messages from Instructor Jocelyn Guthrie.

“When we first started, we worked with a company, but then decided to develop the App ourselves,” said Victor, who has completed graduate course work in Computer Science followed by extensive experience as a computer business owner; Database Administrator for Hotjobs.com and Yahoo.com, and as a Database Consultant and programmer.

“When our Diabetes Prevention program became approved by CDC for Medicaid patients; we began to think in terms of how we could develop an online tool that could help our patients and prevention program participants,” Victor continued. “We wanted an App that would enable us to serve as a real time coach. For example, our coach (Jocelyn Guthrie) can view a participant’s App entries and then provide immediate, real time feedback. For example, it’s very common for people to underestimate the number of calories they are consuming. The App enables a more accurate record of what they are eating and at the same time, gives Jocelyn the opportunity to offer immediate coaching.”

“The accessibility is key,” said Jocelyn. “Having our own Rapha Wellness App gives me the ability as their coach to go into the system and immediately see and monitor what they are doing. And then, I can in real time send them recommendations or feedback. I don’t have to wait until the next week to give recommendations.”

“Ultimately, the App enables you to be accountable to yourself, “Jocelyn continued. “It allows you to increase your understanding on a day-today basis of what is both affecting your health and what is working, what is driving your healthy weight loss.

Another advantage of the App is it allows for a much more efficient compilation of program participants’ data, a key component of reports required by the CDC.

“The App also enables us to more easily compile participant activity reports required by CDC such as how many minutes of activities they are doing,” explained Victor. “The electronic information streamlines information flow,” said Jocelyn.

To date, Victor estimates approximately 50 Rapha clients are engaged with the new App and providing feedback.Looking immediately forward, Rapha has plans for additional Dashboard features including blood pressure tracking; additional health information and a food items library that immediately displays corresponding calories.

“Our vision is to make use of our new App as part of the Diabetes Prevention curriculum,” concluded Jocelyn. “This way we can both monitor day-to-day activities and receive real time feedback, opening up two-way communication.”


Rapha Family Wellness Center is located at 3610 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14226. Hours are: Monday and Friday 9 AM – 5 PM; Wednesday 9 AM-7PM
Phone: (716) 833 4019; Website: http://raphafamilywellnesscenter.com/ : Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raphafamilywellnesscenter/  Staff includes Frances ILozue MD, PCMH CCE, Practice Owner, Rapha Family Medicine, PC; Victor ILozue, Chief Operating Officer; Jocelyn Guthrie, Certified Personal Trainer, Health Coach, Diabetes Prevention Instructor; Principal, JBS Wellness Consulting LLC. Rapha is dedicated to providing equal access to all patients. Any patient without medical insurance will be referred to GBUAHN health Navigators to help them explore other available options.

About The National Diabetes Prevention Program

The National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) is a partnership of public and private organizations working to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Partners like Rapha Family Wellness make it easier for people at risk for type 2 diabetes to participate in evidence-based lifestyle change programs to reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes.

Registry of All Recognized Organizations by Center for Disease Control

The national registry of recognized diabetes prevention programs lists contact information for all CDC-recognized organizations that deliver evidence-based type 2 diabetes prevention programs in communities across the United States.
• All of these programs have agreed to use a CDC-approved curriculum that meets the duration, intensity, and reporting requirements described in the DPRP Standards[PDF – 728KB] .
• Full recognition means that a program has demonstrated effectiveness by achieving all of the performance criteria detailed in the DPRP Standards.
• For a Registry of All Recognized Organizations, please click on the following:

Diabetes Prevention Program Session Topics and Supporting Educational Materials

Session 1: Welcome to the National Diabetes Prevention Program

Session 2: Be a Fat and Calorie Detective

Session 3: Three Ways to Eat Less Fat and Fewer Calories

Session 4: Healthy Eating

Session 5: Move Those Muscles

Session 6: Being Active – A way of Life View

Session 7: Tip the Calorie Balance View

Session 8: Take Charge of What’s Around You View

Session 9: Problem Solving View

Session 10: Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out View

Session 11: Talk Back to Negative Thoughts

Session 12: The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change

Session 13: Jump Start Your Activity Plan

Session 14: Make Social Cues Work for You

Session 15: You Can Manage Stress

Session 16: Ways to Stay Motivated View

Please click on the following to view Session educational materials:



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