World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated annually on November 14. Led by the International Diabetes Federation, WDD was established to address the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. It’s estimated that 415 million people worldwide have diabetes, and 1.4 million Americans are diagnosed with this serious health condition each year.
The CDC defines diabetes as, “a condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy.” Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure and lower-extremity amputations. There is no cure for this condition, but it can be managed. Early detection, education and a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent or delay complications.
Alliant Quality, a division of Alliant Health Solutions, is working with communities throughout Georgia and North Carolina to improve health outcomes for those with diabetes. As the CMS Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for these two states, Alliant Quality is also tasked with addressing disparities in the prevalence and treatment of diabetes in underserved populations.
Alliant Quality is empowering and increasing the health literacy of diabetes patients in Georgia and North Carolina by:
· Expanding access to no-cost Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) programs to those affected by diabetes
· Developing a sustainable network of educators, including Certified Diabetes Educators and peer educators through a comprehensive “Train-the-Trainer” program
· Increasing the number of accredited diabetes education programs available to patients with diabetes and their families
· Working with providers to improve quality of diabetes care by supplying cost-free technical assistance to address quality measures
Together with providers and members of the diabetes community, Alliant Quality will continue working to improve the quality, safety and integrity of care for those living with this serious condition. A list of cost-free DSME classes in Georgia or North Carolina can be found here. For more information about World Diabetes Day, please visit their website.