Healthy People, Healthy Communities
Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care: Everyone with Diabetes Counts
Diabetes is the most common cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in adults, as well as the leading cause of heart disease and stroke. People with diabetes spend 2.3 times more on health care costs than others without the disease. In the United States, nearly 13 percent of adults age 20 and older have diabetes, according to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one-third of persons 65 years and older have diabetes.
To address these issues, HealthInsight is convening community partners and physicians in the Everyone with Diabetes Counts initiative to increase opportunities for Diabetes Self-management Education (DSME) in disadvantaged communities. DSME training for persons with diabetes is a comprehensive program that teaches them how to improve their health, quality of life and avoid the complications of the disease.
By increasing the participation of health care practitioners and facilitating the exchange of best practices, we will expand the reach of effective diabetes education to people with diabetes as well as reduce health care disparities. We offer free education tools and resources, webinars, and events to help providers better care for people with diabetes.
Why should your organization join the Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care: Everyone with Diabetes Counts initiative? Providers who participate with the HealthInsight QIN-QIO will benefit from the following:
- A train-the-trainer program for diabetes educators and community health workers
- Education materials and program resources
- Marketing of the DSME program and services
- Technical assistance with data collection and analysis and standards of diabetes care
- Sharing of successful interventions, resources, tools and lessons learned through a Learning and Action Network designed to improve coordination among providers
Contact a member of your local HealthInsight team for more information or to participate:
Alison Shipley, Project Coordination
Susan Yelton, Project Manager