Diabetes—the most common cause of blindness, kidney failure, and amputations in the United States—affects nearly one-third of adults age 65 and older. A leading cause of heart disease and stroke, it also disproportionately affects economically disadvantaged and medically underserved populations.
Physicians, certified diabetes educators, community health workers and community-based organizations in areas with diabetes disparities are participating in HQI’s “Everyone with Diabetes Counts” initiative to prevent diabetes and reduce its complications. Participants are:
- Using electronic health records to identify patients with diabetes and ensure they receive evidence-based care, such as blood tests and foot and eye exams.
- Connecting patients to community-based diabetes self-management education programs and supporting their ability to complete this training.
- Supporting patients in maintaining healthy lifestyles through alignment with other local resources.
- Contributing to an increase in the number of certified diabetes educators and diabetes self-management courses.