The State of Wisconsin is currently in the midst of a diabetes epidemic, and management of diabetes lies almost entirely in the hands of those who live with the condition. To help address this issue, the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging launched the Healthy Living with Diabetes Program in 2013 with support from the Health Innovation Program. The program consists of a series of self-management workshop sessions that are conducted by trained lay leaders, many of whom have diabetes themsevles. To date, the program has reached over 2,300 participants across the state.
Dr. Yao Liu spoke at a UW Health "Saving Sight Session" on April 21 on the topic of Telemedicine: Saving Sight at Home and Around the World. In this community lecture, she discusses expanding access to eye care through telemedicine, particularly for diabetic eye disease in Wisconsin's rural communities. You can view the lecture video in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Video Library.
Dr. Elizabeth Cox will be speaking at the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute's (PCORI) first annual meeting, which will focus on progress in building a patient-centered comparative effectiveness research community. Dr. Cox will be speaking about her project, Family-Centered Tailoring of Pediatric Diabetes Self-Management Resources, at a plenary session that highlights innovative patient engagement in PCORI projects.
Dr. Elizabeth Magnan received a KL2 award from the University of California - Davis to examine the impact of multiple chronic conditions with diabetes on preventable adverse events and the role of care prioritization on health and health care processes in order to develop targeted interventions. Dr. Magnan's long-term goal is to improve health outcomes and reduce medical complications for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions.
Dr. Christine Everett recently received the 2014 Article of the Year Award from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) for the article titled, "Physician assistants and nurse practitioners perform effective roles on teams caring for patients with Medicare patients with diabetes," which was published in Health Affairs in November 2013. A $1.1 million grant was recently funded by the Veteran's Administration to further evaluate roles based on her methodology.
Ifna Ejebe was awarded the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) R36 Health Services Dissertation Award and the NIH Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Award (F30) through the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Ifna will serve as the Principal Investigator of the project “Diabetes Self-Management Education and Associated Healthcare Use in US Adults.” The overall objective of this study is to investigate the distribution of diabetes self-management education and its contribution toward persistent disparities in diabetes outcomes, medical expenditures, and healthcare use.
Dr. Elizabeth Cox's project funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is featured in a recent article on patient engagement in clinical trials in the Wall Street Journal. In the project, Dr. Cox and colleagues are working with children and their families to determine the optimal way to tailor a family-centered diabetes management program to pediatric patients' specific needs.
Dr. Elizabeth Cox's project funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study family-centered tailoring of pediatric diabetes self-management resources was recently featured in the PCORI Board of Governors meeting. The slides for the meeting will be linked here when they become available on the PCORI website.
Dr. Jane Mahoney and Betsy Abramson from The Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging (WIHA) recently spoke on Wisconsin Public Radio about the types of programs that WIHA offers to support older adults and people living with chronic illnesses, as well as the many benefits of the programs. In collaboration with WIHA, the Health Innovation Program helped support the development of Healthy Living with Diabetes, one of the programs that they discuss in the interview.
The Health Innovation Program and the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) recently partnered to launch a statewide learning event on diabetes care improvement. More than 125 representatives attended from 48 healthcare organizations across Wisconsin. The event was focused on diabetes care in the context of the Triple Aim: improving care, improving population health, and reducing cost.