Expanding the Health Care Workforce in the States; Clinics Partnering with the Community to Improve Diabetes Care

December 30, 2013
by Lee-Lee Prina
Health Affairs GrantWatch Blog

Much of the work to improve access to high-quality care and reduce costs of care will occur in the states, according to the website of the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, a Merck Foundationnational program. So the alliance and the National Governors Association (NGA) hosted a webinar in November that discussed current state policies and actions needed to address health workforce issues, as well as incentives that may improve patients’ access to the services they need.

Also, panelists from two of the five alliance sites (Chicago and Dallas, Texas) shared their real-world experience in working within the health care system to change care delivery for underserved people with diabetes. Clinics in these cities are partnering with local communities to help people with diabetes manage this chronic condition.

The panel, moderated by Jeff Levi of Trust for America’s Health, included Esther Krofah of the Health Division of the NGA’s Center for Best Practices, Christine (“Chris”) A. Snead of Baylor Health Care System (now called Baylor Scott & White Health), and Marshall Chin of the University of Chicago. Snead is affiliated with the alliance’s site in Dallas called the Diabetes Equity Project, and Chin codirects the alliance’s site called Improving Diabetes Care and Outcomes on the South Side of Chicago.

To listen to the webinar, go here.

To view the panelists’ PowerPoint slides, go here.

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