Project Targets Disparities in Diabetes Care
Diabetes is certainly one of our nation's most pressing health problems. While an estimated 17.9 million children and adults have been diagnosed with diabetes in the United States, another 5.7 million people (or nearly one quarter) are unaware that they have the disease. Nowhere is diagnosing and treating the disease more difficult than in our poor inner cities.
Recently, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, of which Lourdes Health System is proud to be a member, kicked off the Camden Citywide Diabetes Collaborative. Supported by the Merck Company Foundation's Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes, the project is focused on improving diabetes care at the patient, practice and community level in Camden, one of the nation's poorest cities.
To demonstrate our commitment to this initiative, the Lourdes Health Foundation has pledged $50,000 annually to the program over a period of five years.
The goals of this ambitious project are to improve the capacity for treating patients at current community-based primary care practices in the city, support greater education and self-management efforts for those already diagnosed with the disease and improve the coordination of care among various healthcare providers in the city.
One of the key sites for the disease management program will be the Osborn Family Health Center. Led by Stanton Miller, MD, the Lourdes primary care center offers access to high-quality care to the poor and medically underserved.
This is just one example of how the Lourdes Health Foundation is working to
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