Seton Health System
- Project Title: DEFY DIABETES!
- Priority Area: Improving Diabetes Prevention
- Award Amount: $564,808
- Date Awarded: November 15, 2007
- Region: Capital Region
- Website: http://www.setonhealth.org/
- Grant Status: Complete
DEFY DIABETES! is specifically targeted to low-income individuals with diabetes, or who are at risk of getting diabetes, in six low-income communities. The initiative has two major goals: improving primary care and increasing community resources to reinforce the adoption of prevention and management activities.
A keystone of the initiative will be expanding Seton Health’s existing Faith Community Parish Nurse Program. As part of the proposed project, six additional Faith Community parish nurses will be trained and deployed into the community. These nurses combine professional nursing with health ministry by emphasizing “high talk” verses “high tech” approaches toward health and healing. The nurses will employ the STEP initiative (Screening, Testing, Education, Prevention activities in line with the National Diabetes Education Program) in six target communities and will work with diabetics and at-risk diabetics to make modest lifestyle changes that can prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes. The program will target an estimated 1,000 congregants with either diagnosed diabetes or pre-diabetes indicators. Services will include referrals to primary care, healthy living classes, and referrals to Seton Health’s outpatient diabetes education program. DEFY DIABETES! will also work with approximately 25 primary care practices in these six communities to expand diabetes management activities. It will identify in-house practice “champions” to increase primary care compliance with American Diabetes Association recommendations. Along with the parish nurses, these “champions” will serve to populate patient data in a Web-based diabetes data registry to track progress and outcomes over time.