The Health for Life Diabetes initiative works with community partners and physicians to help eliminate health disparities and increase opportunities for Diabetes Self-management Education (DSME) among underserved populations, especially African-Americans with diabetes. DSME training for persons with diabetes is a comprehensive program that teaches them how to improve their health and quality of life.
Please join us in reducing disparities among underserved populations with diabetes. This initiative offers free tools and resources, webinars, conferences and recorded events that can help educators and physician practices better care for patients with diabetes.
Participation in this initiative, as a DSME provider or advocate, offers your organization additional benefits and opportunities at no cost, including:
- Training on evidence-based diabetes curriculum
- Education materials and program resources
- Marketing of the DSME program and services
- Support for existing community resources and relationships
- Assistance with data collection and analysis
- Assistance with obtaining accreditation for your diabetes program
Interested in learning more about this initiative? Please call 1-800-725-2633 or email us at HealthForLife@tmf.org.
Issue: Diabetes affects more than 2.2 million adults in Texas, and experts project this number to balloon to eight million by 2040 as Texas’ at-risk populations continue to grow. African-Americans are nearly two times more likely to have diabetes than non-Hispanic whites.
Initiative: Support and expand diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs in the community.
Strategy: Community-wide partnerships with diabetes support programs, primary care physicians, patients, families and groups providing diabetes education.
Focus Communities: The project partners with groups that reach underserved communities with high numbers of persons with diabetes. From October 2012 to July 2014, the targeted population is African-American Medicare patients with diabetes.