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

portunity to contribute to greater understanding of barriers to diabetes self-care and to help improve access to such an important health management and educational tool.”

The EDGE Program will focus on three primary goals: first, to identify and enhance understanding of ways to improve group diabetes self-management education programs using the U.S. Diabetes Conversation Maps; second, to identify the roles of state and territorial DPCPs in fostering use of the Maps to better serve those with diabetes-related health disparities; and third, to explore the use of Spanish-version of the Maps.

Many people who have diabetes do not have proper access to education and care and this program will focus on finding ways to bring group diabetes education using the Maps to populations who have documented disparities in diabetes healthcare, including: (1) self-identified individuals from racial/ethnic minority groups, (2) individuals who have low or inadequate incomes, (3) individuals who are un-insured or under-insured; and (4) individuals who are more comfortable using Spanish

“NACDD’s Diabetes Council has been a leader in identifying and providing solutions in the field of diabetes,” said Dr. Sethu Reddy, Merck’s U.S. Director of Medical Affairs - Diabetes. “We look forward to working with the Council to improve the prevention and management of diabetes and to better serve the almost 24 million people in the U.S. who suffer from the disease, especially those who currently do not receive appropriate diabetes education.”

The NACDD Diabetes Council provides leadership for the 59 state and territorial DPCPs. In collaboration with CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) and other national organizations, the Diabetes Council accomplishes its mission by identifying and addressing the prevention and control of diabetes; sharing information on state diabetes services; and recommending and advocatin
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