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This collection of case studies drawn from the Together on Diabetes ™ initiative provides detailed information on each project’s focus area, context, intervention elements, partners, outcomes, learnings, efforts at sustainability and associated publications.  Each case study is available in PDF format.

Case studies available now:

  • American Association of Diabetes Educators – implemented and evaluated diabetes self-management support programs that augment the already existing diabetes self-management education programs at four Federally Qualified Health Centers.
  • American Pharmacists Association Foundation – adapted and expanded the evidence-based Asheville Project model to patients covered by public and private health insurance in 25 communities heavily affected by diabetes. In this model, patients receive diabetes education and then are teamed with community-based pharmacists who make sure they use their medications correctly.
  • Black Women’s Health Imperative – worked with partners, including four churches, one community-based organization and three clinical partners, to implement the Health Wise Woman Diabetes Management Project.
  • Camden Coalition of Heathcare Providers: Integrated Diabetes Care Program – Using a team of nurses, Community Health Workers, practice coaches, and other specialists, the Coalition sought to strengthen diabetes care directly through care management for the most complex patients, in primary care offices, and in classes for diabetes self-management.
  • Duke University Medical Center: The Durham Diabetes Coalition – Through a specially enabled informatics system, visual maps revealed disproportion in the prevalence of diabetes among Durham County residents. Through this innovative system, patients of high need were identified and interventions were then implemented to meet the specific needs of patients.
  • East Carolina University – ECU has lead two projects: EMPOWER and COMRADE. EMPOWER was a randomized controlled trial to compare the effectiveness of using Community Health Workers to provide a tailored small behavioral changes approach, in conjunction with ongoing diabetes self-management support (DSMS), with a mail-only diabetes self-management education (DSME) information approach. COMRADE implemented an individually-tailored, stepped-care intervention for patients experiencing uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and distress or depression.
  • Feeding America – through collaborations with healthcare providers and community partners, this project strengthened the support system for individuals facing diabetes and food insecurity.
  • Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health – sought to address the urgent need for American Indian youth-focused, culturally-appropriate diabetes care and improve health outcomes within four communities.
  • National Council on Aging – sought to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program, set the conditions to bring the implementation to scale at a national level, and demonstrate a business case for implementing the DSMP
  • Sixteenth Street Community Health Center – sought to identify diabetes patients that had fallen out of treatment and reengage them in comprehensive primary care and diabetes self-management education (DSME).
  • United Hospital Fund – brought together and drew on the strengths of medical providers, community organizations, senior organizations, and seniors themselves to create a unique model of diabetes care for seniors that has been effective in engaging seniors in controlling their diabetes.
  • United Neighborhood Health Services – developed and implemented the East Community Women’s Diabetes Control Initiative, a seven component intervention bringing together patients, providers, the clinic system, family and social supports, and community resources.
  • University of Virginia – evaluated whether a comprehensive clinic- and community-based self-management support program, Call2Health, could improve the outcomes for rural and under served African-American women with type 2 diabetes.
  • Whittier Street Health Center – implemented a Diabetes Care Coordination Program to connect 150 African-American women living in public housing in Roxbury with comprehensive diabetes management.

Case studies coming soon:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation – incorporates patient self-management education, peer support and community outreach for low-income Hispanics and African Americans into the patient-centered medical home model.
  • Health Choice Network of Florida
  • Marshall University Center for Rural Health
  • The Mississippi Public Health Institute
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Michigan