Diabetes Referral Network
Vision: To promote healthy lifestyles by encouraging and facilitating self-management with support through the collaboration of prevention and disease management programs that empower community members to control and maintain their diabetes and pre-diabetes.
Mission: To improve access to resources through the development, use and awareness of a diabetes resource referral system in Central Nebraska.
• Increase the number of primary care provider referrals to local resource programs, such as, the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and Living Well
• Increase the number of community members aware of the local resources available in the community through the website, marketing promotions, and worksite fairs
• Implementing worksite mini-diabetes fairs to reach employees with information on local resources
• Utilizing Provider Champions to create awareness of coalition efforts and local resources to other primary care providers
• Building relationships with primary care providers through academic detailing and lunch and learn strategies to provide information on local resources available to assist patients with prediabetes and diabetes
• CHI Health Good Samaritan
• Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska
• Department of Health and Human Services
• Family Practice Associates
• Good Samaritan Medical Group
• HelpCare Clinic
• Kearney Clinic
• Kearney Regional Medical Center
• Kearney YMCA
• Platte Valley Medical Group
• South Central Nebraska Area Agency on Aging
• TEAM Physical Therapy
• Two Rivers Public Health Department
• UNK Student Health Center
• Updating the Diabetes Resource website with information on all of the local resources available
• In 2012, only 51.7% of Buffalo County adults had been tested for high blood sugar or diabetes within the past three years.
• 1 in every 3 adults has prediabetes; yet 90% do not know they have it.
• Without making lifestyle changes, 15-30% of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years.
• Only 67.6% of Nebraska adults with diabetes have taken a Diabetes Self-Management Course.
In October 2014, Buffalo County Community Partners was award grant funding through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services-Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Programs. Key stakeholder interviews were conducted with organization and program leaders who work specifically with pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals. Through this fact-finding process, a document was created that highlighted the topics discussed in the interviews. In December 2014, all of those interviewed were brought together to discuss the findings. In January 2015, the Diabetes Referral Network was formed. The goal of this group is to develop a coordinated system of care for community members with pre-diabetes or diabetes.
The Diabetes Referral Network has been working diligently to accomplish its goals. It created the Diabetes Education Referral Pathway that will increase referrals to local resources. The coalition has partnered with Two Rivers Public Health Department who will build this Pathway into the Electronic Health Records at clinics to create an easy system for providers to refer patients to these local resources. The coalition has also developed a comprehensive list of local resources that serve individuals with prediabetes and diabetes. This information is available on the website for both community members and those referring individuals, www.bcchp.org/drnresources
In order to make the community aware of the resources available, the coalition started the Diabetes Information and Referral Fair in 2016. This fair showcased over 20 vendors, several screenings, and healthy recipe demonstrations. Over 180 participants attended and the fair was a major success.
The coalition is moving its efforts to the workplace in order to meet individuals where they are. The coalition members will be working with worksites on implementing mini-fairs to provide employees with important information on diabetes and prediabetes, as well as the local resources available.
In addition, the coalition is partnering with physicians to provide them with information on all of the local resources and how to refer patients to these invaluable programs.
If you have any questions about the coalition or getting involved, please contact Becky Squiers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 308-865-2287.
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