Louisiana success stories

LA Success Stories
Quality improvement endeavors can often feel overwhelming, but chances are, you can learn from the experiences that another physician, hospital or nursing home has had in a similar situation. Coupled with support from Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, learning what has worked for others — and what didn't — is a valuable strategic planning component. 

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After Loss, Marie Finds Hope through EDC

Everyone with Diabetes CountsWhen Marie Davis began attending Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) classes at the Caldwell Parish Library, she didn’t realize the impact it would have on her. 
A native of Grayson, Louisiana, Ms. Davis has diabetes and wanted to learn more about her disease. When she found out about the EDC classes coordinated by the Caldwell Parish Council on Aging, she decided to attend. 
Marie Davis Picture
Marie Davis holds her EDC completion certificate. 
During the class, Ms. Davis shared that she had a daughter who fought bravely with the diagnosis of diabetes.  Her daughter was a nurse whose life suddenly ended as a result of a heart attack due to complications from her diabetes. Ms. Davis claims that if she would have known now what she has learned in the EDC class, her daughter may be alive today. 
“I was so surprised when I went to this class,” she said. “I learned so much. If I had known all of the good stuff that I learned in this class a long time ago, my daughter might be alive today.”  
EDC in Louisiana uses the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) curriculum created by the University of Illinois at Chicago. DEEP teaches people with diabetes and/or their caregivers the skills they need to be in control of their health. Consisting of six weekly classes, participants learn about diabetes risks, nutrition, weight management, how to properly manage medications and much more. Based on group interaction and working together, the classes empower and inspire the participants to feel confident about their health and themselves.
Ms. Davis is thankful for the EDC classes and is determined to pass along the information she’s learned to her other children. 
“I have never been to a class like this,” she said. “This is good for me, too, because I’m a diabetic also.” 
As part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, Quality Insights facilitates free diabetes education classes throughout Louisiana. If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, contact Karen Ziecker, Quality Improvement Specialist, at (225) 926-6353 or kziecker@eqhs.org.