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Durham Diabetes Coalition Begins Home Visiting Program

Meeting patients where they are

Post Date:03/27/2013 10:15 AM

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
         Media Contact:  Marissa Mortiboy 
March 27, 2013                                                     Information and Communications Specialist 
                                                                           Office: (919) 560-7891
                                                                           mmortiboy@dconc.gov
                                                                          

DURHAM, NC - Of the nearly 12% of adults living with type 2 diabetes in Durham County, it is likely that a number of them face barriers such as lack of transportation or insurance while trying to care for their illness. One goal of the Durham Diabetes Coalition clinical team is to provide patient-centered care to achieve treatment goals and prevent long-term complications.

The clinical team will begin providing home visits to Durham County residents living with type 2 diabetes on March 27.

Each five-member team includes a supervising physician, a nurse practitioner, a registered dietitian, a licensed clinical social worker, and a community health worker. The team will provide nutrition education, review and adjust medications and link patients to primary care, as well as necessary social and mental health services.

“Diabetes is a complex disease. It requires lifestyle changes and interaction with many different providers,” said Dr. Bryan C. Batch, Clinical Team Supervising Physician. “We’re trying to make it easier for patients to manage their diabetes by bringing care to them, focusing on the aspects of care that the patient needs most, and communicating what we learn to the patient’s medical home.”

The clinical team will work with patients who have significant barriers to diabetes self-management including:

• Uncontrolled blood sugar,
• Hypertension and/or hyperlipidemia, or
• Comorbidities.

For questions about the Durham Diabetes Coalition clinical team, call 919-560-7110.

The Durham Diabetes Coalition is a partnership of Durham County health and community organizations, faith-based groups, local government and universities, and community members working together to improve the quality of life for Durham County adults living with type 2 diabetes.


For more information about the Durham Diabetes Coalition, visit www.DurhamDiabetesCoalition.org.

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About the Durham Diabetes Coalition
This program was made possible by Grant Number 1C1CMS33108 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and have not been approved by the Department of Health and Human Services,
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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