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 has convened 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 are expanding the reach of effective diabetes education to people with diabetes as well as reducing health care disparities. We offer free education tools and resources, webinars and events to help providers better care for people with diabetes.
HealthInsight can help our partnering clinicians with referring patients to existing DSME programs in their local communities, including providing promotional materials for upcoming classes, implementing referral systems and hosting classes in their clinics, ifdesired. We can also help clinicians with implementing their own self-management programs using best practices and proven guidance strategies.
Our technical assistance includes:
- Diabetes self-management workshop leader training programs for diabetes educators, community health workers and peer leaders
- Education materials and program resources
- Marketing of the DSME program and services
- Expert consulting services to clinical practices to identify workflow redesign opportunities and process and system improvements to support patient referrals
- 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:
Alison Shipley, Project Manager
Susan Yelton, Project Manager