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Collaboration to Diabetes Health Equity

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. 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 ageing populations and advancement 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.


The members of the PDHE Learning Collaborative explore barriers and facilitators to "Initiating Collaboration to Change."


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Steps to Building Comprehensive Community Coalitions



Sherilyn Francis, MPH
Health Communications Researcher


Poor performance in achieving population health goals is all too familiar. So is the accompanying every-decade ritual in the United States: the announcement of a new round of planning to create health goals for the nation, followed by a wave of enthusiasm and then disenchantment, search for the guilty, punishment of the innocent, and reward for the uninvolved. 
Several factors contribute to these poor results. First, multiple and unconnected sectors lack shared responsibility for outcomes. Consumers, providers, insurance companies, employers, and government agencies all vie for individual advantage in our fragmented health care system, avoiding responsibility for unimpressive outcomes. Second, the health care system lacks cooperation and collaboration in achieving population-level goals. Third, no public or private entity has overall responsibility for improving population health. Finally, moving toward improved population health and health equity requires understanding what works and what does not, and a willingness to agree on the price we pay for each. Ultimately, sustained cooperation and shared responsibility among stakeholders in different sectors of a comprehensive public health system are necessary!




Achieving Health Equity through Advocacy


 Brittney Newton, MPH

Health Policy Analyst

Health equity means ensuring that all people have the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. Achieving health equity has been a consistent objective among healthcare professionals, researchers and policymakers for decades. Many factors contribute to the inequities that exist between groups, including insufficient access to health and social services, social determinants of health, poor health literacy and lack of culturally appropriate services. Addressing these factors is contingent upon an array of things but the strength of the community has a sustaining impact on health disparities and equity. American Public Health Association. Health Equity. Available at https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/health-equity.


Playing Nice to Break the Healthcare System Silos


 Nikita Toppin, MPH

Program Manager,
National Center for Primary Care, Morehouse School of Medicine

"Play nice!” Like our teachers in grade school always said before going to the playground; this school yard principle still rings very true today! Working together, nicely, is a simple value that can unite the greatest of divides. By divides, I don’t mean those silly turf wars in kindergarten between those who liked Rugrats over Tiny Toon Adventures, or vice versa, but the ones that naturally separate us due to our general areas of focus and differences in industry/discipline. Fellow health care professionals, it’s high time we leave our differences with other industries (banking, entertainment, etc.) and work together on what unites us forever—humanity! Try hosting a lunch and learn for lay people who work outside of your department/institution/field. Start small, maybe even with one friend who works in an opposite field than yours. Take the time to explain to your frustrated customer, whose PC isn’t turning on, how LCD monitors are capable of displaying an image (insider between me and Morehouse School of Medicine’s IT helpdesk). It is here where the walls that divide us begin to crumble. Some of the most unbeknownst influencers and allies are found this way.



Partnership for Diabetes Health Equity   II  Email: info@diabeteshealthequity.org  Il  Telephone: 404.752.5740   II   www.DiabetesHealthEquity.org

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