The Durham Diabetes Coalition was recently featured as one of seven case studies in the Urban Health Promotion: Selected Studies, a publication produced by C3 Collaborating for Health, a global non-profit organization. This publication highlighted successful models for reducing diabetes and obesity in small and large urban areas.
The Durham Diabetes Coalition is a partnership of health providers, local government and universities, faith-based groups, and community organizations working together to improve the diagnosis and care of people with type 2 diabetes in Durham County.
Launched in 2011, the DDC first employed a geographic health information system (GHIS) model to help identify areas of greatest need and thus stratify interventions at a neighborhood level. Through the DDC, more than 200 high-risk patients are being reached – many through home-based visits – and a number of community-based diabetes programs have been initiated. These programs include healthy cooking classes, diabetes care programs, and a diabetes-friendly food pantry at Healing with CAARE.
More than 6300 touchpoints with patients have been logged, and many patients have experienced reduced emergency department visits and in-patient admissions, as well as improving A1c values.
Lisa P. Davis, the DDC Senior Project Manager and a Project Leader in the Duke Translational Research Institute (DTRI) traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark to participate in the Cities Changing Diabetes Summit. The summit was sponsored by Novo Nordisk, who also supported C3 in preparing the publication as part of the summit.
“It was an honor to attend the Cities Changing Diabetes Summit and represent Duke University and all of the patients and collaborative partners who participate in the Durham Diabetes Coalition,” Davis said. “It is a pleasure to work with this program and to build a connection with the community and the people we help living with diabetes. I hope that other communities find what we’re doing here in Durham County to be helpful in moving the needle on diabetes at multiple levels.”
A copy of the full report is available online at http://www.c3health.org/c3activities/ncds-and-the-environment/urban-health-promotion-diabetes.
C3 Collaborating for Health is committed to promoting three primary behavior changes – smoking cessation, healthier eating, and increased physical activity – as a mean to reduce incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and lung disease.