Health Care Innovation Awards: Project Profile


Project Title: "Pathways to better health through a new health care workforce and community"
Geographic Reach: District of Columbia, New Mexico, Pennsylvania
Funding Amount: $4,967,276
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $7,400,000


Joslin Diabetes Center, Inc., received an award to expand a successful program for diabetes education, field testing, and risk assessment. Their "On the Road" program will send trained community health workers into community settings to help approximately 5100 unique participants (most of whom are Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries and /or low income/uninsured) understand their risks and improve health habits for the prevention and management of diabetes. The program will target at risk and underserved populations in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., helping to prevent the development and progression of diabetes and reducing overall costs, avoidable hospitalizations, and the development of chronic co-morbidities with estimated savings of approximately $7.4 million. Over the three-year period, Joslin Diabetes Center's program will train an estimated 27 workers, while creating an estimated 9 new jobs. These workers will include community health advocates and health education instructors who will educate patients in managing diabetes and pre-diabetes with the goal of re-engaging them into the healthcare system.

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