Part 1 – Collaboration to Diabetes Health Equity: Initiating Collaboration to Change

Course Information

The delivery of health care by a coordinated team of individuals has always been assumed to be a good thing. Patients reap the benefits of more eyes and ears, the insights of different bodies of knowledge, and a wider range of skills. Thus, team care has generally been embraced by most as a criterion for high quality care. Despite its appeal, team care, especially in the primary care setting, remains a source of confusion and some skepticism.

With the ageing of the population and the advances in the treatment of diabetes, teamwork in the context of diabetes management needs to be re-examined. Successful chronic disease interventions usually involve a coordinated multidisciplinary care team.

Learning Objectives:

The intended purpose of the PDHE LC was to recognize and support best practices and their integration into a continuum of services, and to mobilize all stakeholders concerned with diabetes treatment around the following objectives and outcomes:

  1. Reduce the risk factors that contribute to diabetes;
  2. Reduce the complications of diabetes;
  3. Reduce hospitalizations and emergency stays for people with diabetes;
  4. Improve medication adherence;
  5. Improve patients’ quality of life and satisfaction with diabetes prevention and management programs as well as the satisfaction of those who care for them;
  6. Provide individuals with self-management support;
  7. Improve the satisfaction of professionals in their daily clinical practice; and
  8. Improve the health of the population.

The Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Morehouse School of Medicine designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Original Release

Date: 6/14/2017

Time: 2PM EST

(2:00pm to 3:00pm)


Sabrina Y. Jackson, PA-C, MMSc Project Director of Partnership for Diabetes Health Equity

Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a native of Atlanta, GA and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Jackson State University and her Masters of Medical Science PA Degree from Emory University.

Sabrina has been a PA for over 16 years in various clinic settings and finds the most joy when working with disparate populations. She joined the faculty at MSM July 2009 and currently coordinates web based clinical education for medical providers and is the co- director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Morehouse School of Medicine Partnership for Diabetes Health Equity project at the National Center for Primary Care.


The Hunterdon Healthcare System - Flemington, NJ

Hunterdon Health Care System, specifically the Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management, has two target populations with Type 2 Diabetes and prediabetes. The first is the growing Hispanic community in Hunterdon County. As of 2015, Hispanics make up an estimated 6.3% of the county’s population, up from 5.2% according to the 2010 Census.  Our second target population is older adults over the age of 65. Hunterdon County’s senior population has grown from 12.7% in 2010 to 14.8% in 2013, according to US Census data, which exceeds the national average. The Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management saw 531 older adults in 2014. In both cases outreach and referrals to diabetes education/treatment resources for these target populations could greatly be increased in Hunterdon County.

Southside/Dodson Avenue Community Health Center - Chattanooga, TN

Southside/Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers served 13,484 patients, with 1,837 being diabetic patients. Over half of our patient population is African American (44%), with about 5% Hispanic. Our service population includes all of Hamilton County, TN. The goal is to collaborate and work with individuals and other workgroups who are committed to making a difference in reducing barriers to quality health care for those individuals who need it the most (the most vulnerable populations) which we serve in our communities. Communities of color disproportionately face barriers to high-quality, affordable health care. For all to enjoy the benefits of living in a healthy, productive, and prosperous society, we must work toward eliminating the glaring disparities that exist between those who can get health care and those who lack access to it but need it the most.

Hope Health - Florence, SC

HopeHealth currently serves 1,409 African American patients between the ages of 18 – 75 and 32 Hispanic adults in Florence County with DMT2.

Hope Health goals and aim is to learn about best practices of diabetes care in PCMHs to reduce diabetes disparities, to identify opportunities for improvement in clinical care, process or system that can better diabetes health outcomes for African American and Hispanic individuals at HopeHealth, especially focusing on A1C reduction, to test ideas for improvements, and use rapid cycle evaluation tools by working with SC DHEC to collect and analyze data.r of Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), Georgia Society of Health System Pharmacists (GSHP) and Greater Atlanta Association of Diabetes Educators (GADA). Dr. Holaway has served as a state and national speaker in the areas of health equity to racial and ethnic minority populations, hypertension, diabetes, smoking cessation and inter-professional education.

His research interests include the elimination of health disparities in racial and ethnic minority populations to achieve Health Equity in areas of hypertension, diabetes and asthma.