Medicare Every Diabetic Counts Project Gears Up for Kick-Off

Tuesday, September 18, 2007 General News J E 4
TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 17 FMQAI, the MedicareQuality Improvement Organization for Florida, is partnering with GatewayCommunity Health Center, Inc. of Laredo, Texas to provide free DiabetesEmpowerment Education Program training (DEEP) to community volunteers in 33Florida counties. According to Kathleen Lightbourne, Project Manager of theFMQAI Every Diabetic Counts Project, "The Program is designed to help peoplewith diabetes improve diabetic outcomes and to address disparities in diabetesthrough a community based, culturally appropriate diabetes self-managementprogram." Hoping to draw grassroots support for the launch of the project'sempowerment program, FMQAI has invited health educators, community healthworkers, community leaders, parish nurses, peer educators and volunteers fromfaith and community based organizations to participate in this groundbreakingMedicare special project.

Following a two-and-a-half-day diabetes educational training program tobecome Community Health Workers, volunteers will then offer five weeks ofDiabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) to pre-qualified diabeticpatients in their communities. DEEP training will be provided free of chargeby the Every Diabetic Counts Project team and staff from Gateway CommunityHealth Center, Inc. in a variety of sites throughout the state.

DEEP, developed by the University of Illinois at Chicago, Midwest LatinoHealth Research, Training and Policy Center, builds upon national medical anddiabetes self-care guidelines with an educational, empowerment approach.Goals include improving and maintaining the quality of life of persons withdiabetes, preventing complications and incapacities, improving eating andmaintaining adequate nutrition, increasing physical activity, developing self-care skills, improving the relationship between patients and health careproviders and utilizing available resources. For more information on becominga Diabetes Community Health Worker or to host a program in your community,call 1-800-564-7490, extension 3510.

This material was prepared by FMQAI, the Medicare Quality ImprovementOrganization for Florida, under contract with the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and HumanServices. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.FL200709EDCTK32610465



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