May 2016 Edition

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PDHE Virtual Learning Academy

Sabrina Y. Jackson,

MMsc, PA-C

Clinical Instructor


The cornerstones of PDHE are Learn, Share, and Connect. Through capturing lessons learned, case studies, concrete tools and templates, and creating environments that promote networking and collaboration, PDHE has enhanced the dissemination of evidenced-based practices that improve diabetes outcomes. Through the PDHE Virtual Learning Academy, we provide evidence based resources, training, best practice examples and clinical education to assist our audience in building collaborative quality measured diabetes care systems for at risk populations.


This edition of Transformation is particularly special because it highlights several of the accredited courses currently housed in the PDHE Virtual Learning Academy.  The PDHE Virtual Learning Academy is an open environment for diabetes and health equity professionals to Learn, Share, and Connect! This online community allows members to collaborate, discuss relevant topics, share ideas, and post resources. We are extending an invitation to you, to become a regular participant for discussion and resource sharing, and/or to become a regular contributor as a content champion; while posting and hosting regular conversations.






Peer Support as a Strategy for Achieving Diabetes Health Equity



Course: Edwin B. Fisher, PhD
Global Director of Peers for Progress, a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
Article: Brittney A. Newton, MPH

Peer support interventions are increasingly recognized as an appendage of integrative care. The concept of leveraging peer relationships in the provision of health care has significantly supported the paradigm shift in care from treatment of an illness to health promotion. Peer support has been defined as connecting patients with individuals from similar life circumstances or similar health conditions that also possess the knowledge and experience of providing social support, education and suggestions of self-management of conditions.


Using Data to Drive Quality in Diabetes Care


Course: Kristine L. McVea, MPH, MD

Chief Medical Officer, OneWorld Community Health Centers Incorporated
Article: Brittney A. Newton, MPH


The United States currently spends more money on health care than any other country but unfortunately the cost does not commensurate improvement in the quality of care. Chronic disease management is a significant burden on the health care system and considering that older patients and patients in general are increasingly diagnosed with chronic conditions, like diabetes, health care costs are expected to increase. Thus, the health care industry is in need of models that address the health care needs while offsetting costs. The three universal health care needs are (1) improved outcomes, (2) expanded access and (3) optimized cost and efficiency.




Building Effective Community Coalitions for Chronic Disease Support


Course: Robyn Bussey, MBA, MHA

Research Assistant, Georgia Health Policy Center, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies,
Georgia State University
Article: Sherilyn A. Francis, MPH

A community coalition is classically defined as a group of individuals representing diverse organizations, factions, or constituencies who agree to work together to achieve a common goal. By bringing diverse human and material resources to the table, partners work towards specific changes that they would not be able to bring about individually. Working in partnership is empowering and appeals to a community’s sense of equity and social justice.


Disparities in health status are pervasive at all stages of the life cycle. One approach to reducing health disparities involves mobilizing community coalitions that include representatives of target populations to plan and implement interventions for community level change.




Geospatial Mapping to Address the Burden of Diabetes


Course: Ben Strauss, MS

Senior GIS Analyst, Wake County GIS
GIS Analyst, Durham Diabetes Coalition
Article: Sherilyn A. Francis, MPH


Although geospatial mapping may not be considered a traditional tool against the fight to eliminate diabetes, you are encouraged to consider the following:

(1) geospatial technology involves GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), Internet Mapping Technologies (Google Earth or Microsoft Virtual Earth) and RS (remote sensory); (2) many mHealth interventions utilize geospatial technology; and (3) geospatial systems have become more cost effective, and exists at a variety of price points.


Geospatial data can be collected from EHR systems or from self-reported evaluations containing postal codes. Additionally, rudimentary and complex mapping and analysis may be accomplished using free software such as, Epi Info. Additionally, Geospatial technology can be utilized to find a disease cluster, as a predictive tool, or as a tool to find associations between the built environment and disease outcomes among vulnerable populations.




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