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NACDD Receives Two-Year Grant From Merck & Co., Inc. to Improve Diabetes Education
Date:2/10/2010

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors’ Diabetes Council has received a two-year grant from Merck & Co., Inc. to launch the Journey for Control of Diabetes EDGE Program (Evaluating Diabetes Group Education). The goal of the EDGE Program is to improve diabetes education by enhancing the role of state and territorial Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs (DPCPs) in increasing the use of U.S. Diabetes Conversation Maps.

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 10, 2010 -- The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors’ Diabetes Council has received a two-year grant from Merck & Co., Inc. to launch the Journey for Control of Diabetes EDGE Program (Evaluating Diabetes Group Education). The goal of the EDGE Program is to improve diabetes education by enhancing the role of state and territorial Diabetes Prevention and Control Programs (DPCPs) in increasing the use of U.S. Diabetes Conversation Maps. A special emphasis will be placed in serving populations with the greatest need, in particular patients who experience diabetes-related health disparities at levels greater than the general population.

The U.S. Diabetes Conversation Maps are a unique new tool developed by Healthy Interactions, Inc. in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) through support provided by Merck. The Maps are used to educate and engage people with diabetes in their own health with a series of face-to-face, dialogue-driven sessions guided by a trained diabetes educator. They help encourage people with diabetes to relate what they learn in these sessions to their own experiences, and make plans to put that learning to work in their everyday lives.

“Diabetes can have devastating effects on quality of life unless it is appropriately treated and managed,” said John Robitscher, NACDD’s Executive Director. “We are thrilled to have the op
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