On November 13, Dialogue4Health partnered with Morehouse School of Medicine Partnership for Diabetes Health Equity to broadcast a Web Forum called “Achieving Optimal Integration of Clinic and Community Interventions in Diabetes Care.” The Web Forum was a panel dissuasion with renowned diabetes experts, James R. Gavin III, MD, PhD; Ann Albright, PhD, RD; and George Rust, MD, MPH.
As well as presenting some shocking and distressing statistics about the extent of health inequities in the US:
the Web Forum was grounded in important strategies and methods to make community resources more accessible and valuable in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. There were several ways to look at dividing the programming efforts of chronic disease prevention and treatment, and various programming efforts that couple community based solutions with clinical care were discussed:
These methods work together, though, and not against each other. And it is evident that reliance on on multiple partners and the integration of community-based solutions with clinical care is an imperative part of chronic disease prevention and treatment.
If you didn't attend the Web Forum, I strongly encourage you to look at the entire collection of presentation slides, or listen to the archived recording. The event was dense with information, statistics, ideas, and lessons on how best to approach the problem from multiple angles.