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FrontPath Health Coalition To Lead Community-wide Group in Pilot Program
Date:2/25/2008

National Grant To Assist Local Efforts To Improve Diabetes Care

PERRYSBURG, Ohio, Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- A groundbreaking, Northwest Ohio program to improve the medical, humanistic and financial elements of diabetes care will receive funding from the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH). FrontPath Health Coalition, through its non-profit Western Lake Erie Health Quality Initiative of Perrysburg, Ohio, will lead this community-wide effort that includes the City of Toledo, the University of Toledo and a group of Toledo-area pharmacies.

FrontPath was one of 14 business health coalitions nationwide to be awarded a $25,000 diabetes seed grant promoting diabetes care improvement at a community level. The project is funded by Pfizer, Inc. and the Community Coalitions Health Institute (CCHI).

The local, one-year pilot grant will help to fund an enhanced diabetes management program for City of Toledo employees and their families who have been diagnosed with or are currently taking medication for Type II diabetes. Participants will work with one of the designated pharmacies in managing their diabetes over the course of the year. The University of Toledo's Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research Laboratory in the College of Pharmacy will provide ongoing data collection and final analysis of the program.

Enrollment, limited to 150 City of Toledo employees and their dependents, is underway through February.

"We're thrilled to have received this funding," said Susan E. Szymanski, FrontPath CEO. "This program was developed by The Pharmacy Counter, and is modeled after the very successful 'Asheville Project,' a pharmacy-coordinated patient self-management program. As a result of this medication therapy management program, the patient becomes more educated, more interested and more empowered to better manage their own health."

"The University of Toledo is dedicated to improving the human condition," said Dr. Lloyd Jacobs,
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