Calif. Programs Seek To Improve Diabetes Rates, Disease Management
State and local health officials are working to curb rates of diabetes and help patients better manage the disease through various programs across California, HealthyCal reports.
According to the California Department of Public Health Statistics, rates of diabetes in the state increased by 29% between 2003 and 2009.
Rates of the disease are higher among Latinos, Asians and blacks than among whites, DPHS officials said.
The California Diabetes Program found that the cost of caring for patients with diabetes in the stateÂ is $24.5 billion annually.
Details of Initiatives
Since its launch in 1981, the California Diabetes Program has developed partnerships with organizations across the state, especially in areas with high rates of diabetes.
The program partners with organizations that work directly with individuals on diabetes preventionÂ or strategies for managing the disease.
For example, Project Dulce aims to reduce diabetes rates in Spanish-speaking communities. It was developed by the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute and is being implemented with a grant from CDC.
Program participants are patients who recently were diagnosed with diabetes. They learn from a peer educator about how to control their blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol.According to HealthyCal, the program has been successful in helping patients manage their diabetes (Flores, HealthyCal, 4/10). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.