Sponsored by Merck Foundation and the Society for Public Health Education
Strategies to improve health outcomes and reduce disparities in diabetes are most effective when approached at multiple levels and informed by the “on-the-ground” experience of patients and providers. In order to create and sustain the most promising efforts, initiatives must take into account policy, systems and environmental factors. The Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes’ five health care delivery sites implemented a multi-level approach to improve disease management in low-income, medically underserved communities and uncovered several necessary components to a successful initiative that leads to improved health outcomes. These components include collaboration, patient empowerment, care coordination, increased care access, policy change and overcoming challenges in the communities where patients live and manage their disease.
Webinar participants will hear from Alliance leaders and other health policy experts to learn about:
-Findings from an evaluation of the Alliance’s five sites (e.g. clinical outcomes, self-care behaviors, disparities reduction) published in Health Promotion Practice and how lessons learned from the Alliance programs are relevant and scalable to other populations, geographical settings and chronic diseases
-Successful integration of health systems and development of community partnerships to reduce diabetes disparities
-Essential elements for successful system and policy change to address diabetes in low-income, medically underserved communities
-Key and necessary system and policy change strategies arising from the “on-the-ground” experience of the grantees in low-income and medically underserved populations.
The webinar will feature work published in the November 2014 Health Promotion Practice (HPP) supplement on the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, published by the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). Information on related podcasts and webinars are available at www.sophe.org.
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