| Last updated Jan. 2006
is defined broadly as the places people live, work,
worship and play.
What We Want to Achieve Through Systems Changes
partnerships provide common and trusted access points for reaching
people with diabetes, their families, and friends to effectively
support them in diabetes self-management.
do health care systems need community partnerships? Life with diabetes
goes beyond the doctor's office. It requires patient involvement.
Self-management is a complex goal requiring community support. Community
Be traditional services (diabetes education sessions) that can
extend a health system's patient care
patients who have special needs (e.g., blindness) or limited resources
(e.g. no transportation)
Be very non-traditional, yet supportive:
Beauty and barber shops may have access to hard-to-reach populations
stores may partner to raise foot care awareness
organizations can offer support group opportunities.
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