Diabetes Referral Network

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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.

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.

Meetings

The coalition meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 12pm at the Buffalo County Community Partners conference room. There are several opportunities to participate on committees that are working on specific strategies.

Connect

If you have any questions about the coalition or getting involved, please contact Ariane Arensdorf at admin@bcchp.org or 308-865-2289.

History

In October 2014, 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 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 is also working on developing a comprehensive list of local resources that serve the pre-diabetic and diabetic populations. This information is available on the website for both community members and those referring individuals. In order to make the community aware of the resources available, the coalition started the Diabetes Information and Referral Fair. 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 also working on methods to share this information with local providers, as well as, methods to increase patient motivation at all stages.

 

Local Resources

A full list of local providers can be found here:

Buffalo County Ne Diabetes Resources

Resources for Healthcare Providers

 

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*Past Events*

2015 Referral Fair