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  • Adirondack Medical Center The Tri-Lakes Uninsured Task Force Priority Area: Expanding Health Care Coverage $61,933

    Under this grant, Adirondack Medical Center’s (AMC’s) goal was to continue to reduce the number of uninsured throughout its region. In 2002, AMC formed the Uninsured Task Force (UTF) to address the challenges of providing access to care. UTF collected data to track coverage rates in the community, which—despite national trends at the time—increased since its inception. Although UTF was unable to track the number of individuals who were enrolled as a result of its work (i.e., facilitated enrollment agencies and other relevant organizations were unable to provide specific enrollments resulting from UTF events), it was able to look more broadly at local insurance enrollment by using the grant funding to conduct a survey of the region in December 2008; the results showed that despite the economic downturn, the region’s rate of uninsured showed little change from the last survey conducted in May 2005.

  • Glens Falls Hospital Sustainable Strategies for Diabetes Self Management Priority Area: Improving Diabetes Prevention $149,127

    The prevalence of diabetes in adults in New York State’s Adirondack region is disproportionately higher than the State’s overall rate. The percentage of adults who reported receiving an HbA1c test in the region is also significantly lower than the statewide average. Glens Falls Hospital, a community hospital with multiple primary care practice sites in the Adirondack region, sought to address these issues through its diabetes registry project. The intent of this project was to implement a Web-based diabetes registry at six of its twelve primary care sites to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of care provided to its patients with diabetes. It also planned to develop a menu of resources and support programs to help patients self-manage their condition. The New York State Health Foundation funded this project through its 2007 Setting the Standard: Advancing Best Practices in Diabetes Management request for proposals.

  • Institute for Community Living, Inc. Improving the Assessment and Management of Diabetes for Adults with Serious Mental Illness Priority Area: Improving Diabetes Prevention $567,066

    Individuals with serious mental illness are 2.3 times more likely to develop diabetes during their lifetime and 2.7 times more likely to die from diabetes-related complications. These physical and mental co-morbidities not only reduce quality of life, but are associated with high hospital admission rates. In 2008, NYSHealth awarded Institute for Community Living (ICL) a grant to address poorly-controlled diabetes in those with serious mental illness by developing the Diabetes Co-Morbidity Initiative (DCI), a program to help behavioral health agencies staff provide diabetes care management to patients. NYSHealth funded this project through its 2007 Setting the Standard: Advancing Best Practices in Diabetes Management request for proposals.

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