Online Program

Preventing Diabetes with the Establishment of a Health System Policy for Screening and Referral to a Community-based program

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 5:10 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Janet Williams, MA, Improving Health Outcomes, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
Christopher S. Holliday, PhD, MPH, Improving Health Outcomes, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
Vanessa Salcedo, MPH, Population Health, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
More than 86 million Americans or 1 in 3 adult over the age of 20 has prediabetes and the majority of them don’t know they have it. Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions and if prediabetes is left undetected and untreated, the progression to diabetes will continue to place a tremendous strain on physicians, clinical practices and health care costs associated with diabetes care and management.

The AMA is collaborating with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) to prevent the onset of prediabetes by increasing physician awareness about prediabetes screening and developing referral models that link clinical practice with an evidence-based community intervention at local Ys.  Prediabetes is a treatable condition but the majority of at risk adults are not being tested. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is based on the CDC’s national Diabetes Prevention Program, which was proven to reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent in adults.

The AMA recruited clinical practices in 8 states to identify and address barriers to operationalizing a prediabetes and referral system in today’s clinical practice environment. This session takes participants through the screening and referral models developed, tested and adapted by the demonstration sites. This session offers insight into how community health professionals can work with health systems to establish referral systems that ensures at risk patients are being identified and receive the evidence-based treatment.  The session will also explore the ongoing need for clinical practices to link with community resources to improve population health.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the AMA's Prediabetes Screening and Referral Initiative Compare referral models and outline benefits and barriers for implementation Discuss the benefits of screening for prediabetes and referring to diabetes prevention program

Keyword(s): Community Health Programs, Chronic Disease Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have more than 30 years of program and policy development experience working for a county health department, local affiliate of a national voluntary health agency and national medical association. My work has focused on bridging the gap between clinicians and community-based health improvement programs.
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.