American Association of Diabetes Educators
The Need: More so with diabetes than with any other chronic disease, self-management of the disease, as well as medical and other support mechanisms for the patient all play central roles in successful treatment. Patients must actively participate in the management of their diabetes. There is significant evidence that diabetes self-management education and other patient-level behavior change interventions play a strong role in improving health outcomes, particularly among minority populations. In addition, evidence is building to support the use of community health workers to help provide that education.
The Project: The AADE will design, implement and test the effectiveness of a culturally appropriate and replicable diabetes self-management education program conducted within a medical home model that serves a high disparity population of African Americans, Latinos and other underserved groups with diabetes. The pilot model comprises two interwoven strategies:
- a Coordinated Care Model based diabetes self-management education effort; and
- self-management education and ongoing support services delivered by a multi-level diabetes education team that includes an advanced practice diabetes educator, certified diabetes educator, non-certified diabetes educator, non-diabetes clinician and community health workers.
This 12-month translation and operational research pilot will study the effectiveness of the intervention for 200 patients receiving care in 3-4 primary care practices.
Project Leader: Ruth Lipman, firstname.lastname@example.org