256865 Bringing a National Program in Diabetes Care to the State and Community Level, a Multidisciplinary Approach for Improvement, the Massachusetts Diabetes Educational Program Coalition

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 8:30 AM - 8:50 AM

James DiResta, DPM, MPH , Department of Surgery, Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, MA
The Massachusetts Diabetes Education Program (MDEP) Coalition is a statewide coalition based on the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) model. This unique MDEP Coalition has a communications program aimed at educating the public, and its members, regarding the important role that the coalition's providers play in diabetes management, education and prevention. Coalition member pharmacist, podiatrist, optometrist and dental care (PPOD) professionals are often a primary point of care for people with type 2 diabetes. Working with primary care providers, these professionals play an important role in ensuring that diabetes care is continuous and patient centered. PPOD professionals educate people with diabetes about the disease, encourage them to practice self-management, provide appropriate treatment and refer those who require the care of other health professionals.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate how a national program in diabetes education can be brought to the state and local community level to make a difference in provider and patient behavior

Keywords: Diabetes, Coalition

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Immediate Past Chair, APHA Podiatric Health Section, Public Health Chair, Massachusetts Podiatric Medical Society Clinician, Podiatrist, active practice over 30 years MPH degree, The Dartmouth Institute at Dartmouth Medical School
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.