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Sanofi US and Joslin Diabetes Center Announce Results from Multicultural Outreach Pilot at American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions
Date:6/22/2013

essages and, if they have elevated A1C and blood pressure results, show similar improvement in biomarker outcomes as those participants who were diagnosed with diabetes prior to participating in the Program.  

The On the Road pilot also demonstrates that community members with little or no prior healthcare delivery experience can be trained to deliver simple, standardized messaging to their communities, resulting in improved participant health outcomes. This success implies scalability of a low-cost intervention for multicultural and underserved populations. 

"We are encouraged by the results of this multicultural pilot," stated Dennis Urbaniak, Vice President and Head of U.S. Diabetes Patient Centered Unit, Sanofi US.  "And, we are looking forward to our continued partnership with Joslin and our combined efforts to help people living with diabetes, especially those in underserved populations."

About the Study
The pilot was conducted in four ethnically diverse cities over three months reaching 369 participants. The objectives were to reach underserved populations, engage them in the healthcare system, increase awareness of key diabetes tests, and measure changes in biomarkers and healthy behaviors. The intervention included a 1-hour baseline class on understanding key diabetes tests plus collection of data (surveys, blood pressure (BP), and point-of-care A1C). The 3-month follow-up class included re-collection of data and a 1-hour class on healthy eating.

Four community liaisons (CLs) (individuals familiar with the target communities but not previously trained in health education) recruited participants and delivered the program.  The CLs completed two 4-hour training sessions on program delivery and were supported with periodic team phone calls.  Baseline data revealed the target population was reached (60% with annual household income <$25,000, 45% w
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