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Healthy Interactions and Merck Announce Further Collaboration to Transform Diabetes Education in the U.S.
Date:6/5/2008

U.S. Diabetes Conversation Map(R) Program to Expand in General Market and

Launch in Spanish

CHICAGO and WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J., June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Healthy Interactions Inc., a global leader in health education, and Merck & Co., Inc., a global research-driven pharmaceutical company devoted to putting patients first, today announced the expansion of a multi-year relationship to transform how healthcare professionals engage patients in learning about diabetes and to improve Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) among patients. In response to strong professional feedback, Healthy Interactions and Merck will now undertake training and equipping 5,000 additional healthcare professionals with the U.S. Diabetes Conversation Map(R) Program, which was developed by Healthy Interactions in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association. The enlarged effort also provides for the debut of the U.S. Diabetes Conversation Map Program in Spanish, beginning this month, to help connect with the nearly three million Hispanics and Latinos(1) with diabetes in the U.S.

Training and distribution of the U.S. Diabetes Conversation Map tools are sponsored by Merck. Since launching at the 2007 American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions, the demand for the U.S. Diabetes Conversation Map Program has been so strong that Healthy Interactions has surpassed its three-year goal of training 10,000 healthcare professionals in just 10 short months.

"Up until now, health education has been a one-way monologue with patients filling a lecture-style room to listen to an educator. What Healthy Interactions has created is a totally different way to engage patients; in fact, we are changing the paradigm of health education so people living with diabetes are better able to take control of their health," said Peter Gorman, co-founder of Healthy Interactions.

The expansion of the Conversation Map Program into the Spanish language
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