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|Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D.|
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The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) today (March 13, 2007) announced the formation of a new Diabetes Collaborative aimed at reducing the disparities
“Diabetes affects more than half a million New Jerseyans
The diabetes collaborative is the first DHSS initiative to be implemented after the release of the Department’s “Strategic Plan to Eliminate Health Disparities in
The Diabetes Collaborative is based on the principle that everyone at every level of patient contact works together to better manage a patient’s diabetes and to educate the patient in how he or she can take charge of their own care and help control their own disease. Fifteen community health centers have agreed to join the Diabetes Collaborative, which will improve diabetes care in the underserved and minority populations hit hardest by the disease.
Under the Collaborative, these community health centers will work with the NJ Primary Care Association to change the way diabetes care is delivered by using the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Disparities Collaborative (HDC) Care and Improvement Models as part of the framework. These models include processes for electronic tracking of patient results, measurable benchmarks to determine success, sharing of best-practices across health care providers, and extensive participation by patients in their care and treatment.
According to the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) from 2001-2003, 444,000 New Jerseyans have been diagnosed with diabetes and another 178,000 have it but are undiagnosed. This last population is of significant concern since complications from untreated or mistreated cases of diabetes can lead to amputations, blindness, organ failure and premature death.
Minorities, the obese and the middle-aged are at the highest risk of developing diabetes. Black, non-Hispanics are most at risk in
The state has made significant investments in community health centers over the past few years—including $40 million this year—because they provide comprehensive primary and preventive care to nearly 300,000 people who are either uninsured, underinsured or on Medicaid. By improving and expanding services in these facilities, the state's health care community can deliver more cost effective services and reduce its reliance on charity care.
The Diabetes Collaborative follows the path of
"The Asthma Collaborative has had success measured in healthier children who get to go to school instead of the emergency department," said Dr. Jacobs. "We will use the same rigorous standards and demand the same kind of measurable successes in the Diabetes Collaborative."
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