Case study: TX program tackles minority diabetes management

A Dallas-area program launched this week designed to address the growing diabetes problem in minority communities and better connect community health workers with patients.

The program, which is funded by a $1.7 million grant from the Merck Foundation, is known as the Diabetes Equity Project. It builds off of a pilot program that Baylor Health Care System has run in cooperation with Central Dallas Ministries' East Dallas clinic for five years. Under the program, a community health worker meets patients seven times for an hour, reviewing their blood sugar levels, meds, exercise and diet as well as answering questions.

Diabetes Equity hopes to address the increased risk Hispanics, blacks and other minorities face for developing diabetes. Not only are minorities more prone to developing the disease, they often face disparities in care that can lead to more serious complications. For example, in Texas blacks and Hispanics are more than twice as likely to die from diabetes as white Texans.

The program will attempt to reach 1,000 diabetic patients during the first year. It will also launch a new electronic diabetes registry to better manage cases.

To learn more about the program:
- read this Dallas News piece

Related Articles:
Study: Hispanics get lower-quality medical care
Racial disparities persist in health outcomes
Study: Health plans adopting diabetes-control programs

Suggested Articles

The profit margins and management of Community Health Group raise questions about oversight of managed care insurers.

Financial experts are warning practices about the pitfalls of promoting medical credit cards to their patients.

A proposed rule issued by HHS on Tuesday would expand short-term coverage, a move Seema Verma said will have "virtually no impact" on ACA premiums.