Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes

Policy Webinars

States of Change: Expanding the Health Care Workforce and Creating Community-Clinical Partnerships
November 7, 2013
As the focus of health reform shifts to the states, much of the work to change our health system to improve access to quality care and reduce costs will take place in the states. View the discussion between the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes and the National Governors Association with policy experts to examine current state policies and actions needed to address health care workforce issues and incentives that could improve patients’ access to needed services. [
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Community Health Workers and Reducing Disparities in Diabetes: Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of Care
June 17, 2013
Community health workers (CHWs) who are part of the Diabetes Equity Project (DEP) in Dallas are helping to improve the health of underserved people living with diabetes.  CHWs, also known as promotores or patient navigators, serve as a bridge between patients and providers, helping patients understand how to follow through with their treatment plans at home. Baylor Health Care System, where the DEP program is located, has seen improved health outcomes and reduced costs as a result of integrating CHWs on the front lines of care. [Download the slides]

Pathways and Possibilities in Health Care Reform for Reducing Diabetes Disparities: Local Programs with National Impact
March 1, 2013
The Federal government is moving rapidly toward several health reform implementation deadlines, and states are busily putting into place measures to meet these deadlines. Susan Dentzer, Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, provides the latest information on the status of health reform implementation and leads a discussion with leaders from the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes to find out how their programs fit into the evolving health reform landscape.  [Download the slides]

Post-Election Health Care Reform Webinar
November 13, 2012
One week after election day, the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes hosted a webinar with two of the nation's leading health policy figures to discuss and debate what's next for health reform and possibilities for addressing diabetes disparities. [Download the slides]

Integration of Clinical Care and Public Health Systems: The need as reflected in the work of the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes
September 12, 2012
The Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes discusses policy considerations with the NACDD Diabetes Council, in particular inadequate integration of efforts and communication between public health and health care systems.

Overcoming Barriers to Reducing Diabetes Disparities in Communities: Lessons from Local Leaders
July 9, 2012
Closing the wide and growing gap in diabetes outcomes between low-income and minority populations and the rest of Americans is one of our country’s most vexing health care challenges.  Listen to leaders from Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes community-based programs as they describe their first-hand experiences not only in encountering the challenges, but also in implementing innovative health system changes to improve diabetes outcomes for people affected by disparities in their communities.  [Download the slides]

Organizational Policy and Systems Change
June 22, 2011
An overview of organizatonal policy and systems change from the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes and examples highlighted from the Alliance projects on the Southside of Chicago and in Dallas, TX.