Treatment Of A National Diabetes Initiative For Improving The Quality Of Diabetes Primary Care And Related Diabetes Clinical Outcomes

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Treatment Imitative among Medically Underserved Patients
Building upon the author’s work undertaken during the public health internship experience in the spring semester of 2016, this capstone project seeks to understand the effects of a national diabetes initiative for improving the quality of diabetes primary care and related diabetes clinical outcomes. The proposed project is an extension of the participatory evaluation of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Together on Diabetes (ToD) initiative conducted by the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas (KU Work Group). The ToD initiative funded 22 implementation projects aimed at increasing their community engagement in the delivery of interventions aimed at improving the clinical outcomes of medically underserved patients, especially racial and ethnic minorities, experiencing uncontrolled type 2 diabetes. Improvement to diabetes care quality is one of six intervention components implemented by the comprehensive initiative (see Figure 1).
Racial and ethnic minority and low-income populations are disproportionately impacted by type 2 diabetes by both the prevalence of the disease and the quality of care these patients receive during treatment. The prevalence of diabetes among minorities is considerably higher than non-Hispanic whites and they are at higher risk for developing the disease, especially among African Americans (Chow, Foster, Gonzalez, & McIver, 2012). Diabetes affects…

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