Together on Diabetes

AADE is proud to be a partner in Together on DiabetesTM. Together on DiabetesTM was launched by the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation to improve health outcomes of people living with type 2 diabetes in the United States by strengthening patient self-management education, community-based supportive services, and broad-based community mobilization. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation's mission is to promote health equity, and Together on DiabetesTM specifically targets under served adult populations affected by type 2 diabetes.

In 2013, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation awarded a grant to AADE to carry out a multi-year, multi-site research project under the Together on DiabetesTM Initiative. The main goal of AADE's project is to implement and evaluate a model for delivery of integrated diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) to underserved populations utilizing a team consisting of diabetes educators and patient supporters. The project is being conducted at 4 FQHCs, which are providing the patients with diabetes self-management education (DSME). Adult patients with type 2 diabetes who have HbA1c > 8% and are English or Spanish speaking are eligible to enroll in the study. The 4 participating FQHCs are Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, Inc. in North Carolina, El Rio Community Health Center in Arizona, Cross Trails Medical Center in Missouri, and FamilyCare HealthCenter in West Virginia. Telephonic diabetes self-management support (DSMS) is being provided by the National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc., which is serving as a centralized call center for the project in Buda Texas. Patient enrollment is underway. A total of 512 patients will be enrolled with half randomized to receive DSME alone and half randomized to DSME plus telephonic DSMS. The effect of one-year of DSMS on clinical, behavioral and other outcomes will be determined. The American Pharmacists Association Foundation is collaborating in the study through development and maintenance of a customized Project Impact database for data storage and by providing expert assistance with data analysis.

AADE will provide updates on this webpage as the project progresses.

AADE previously received support from Together on DiabetesTM for a project investigating integration of diabetes self-management education into patient centered medical homes. Information on that project can be found here.

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