New Jersey success stories

NJ Local 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. 


Graduate Photo
Left to Right: Rama (a workshop graduate), 
Jim, George (Colts Neck Lions Club
Three nonprofit organizations with different missions in New Jersey worked together on a project with one common goal in mind – improving the health and lives of people with diabetes in the community. 
 
In Colts Neck, Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network – supported locally by Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI) – collaborated with the Lions Club – the world’s largest service club organization – and the Community Church. HQSI supports the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program throughout New Jersey.

Together, these local organizations brought an evidence-
based diabetes program to the community.  

Peer Leaders
Left to Right - Back:  Anthony Nuñez, Aaron Fraizer, Deborah Burt
Left to Right - Middle: Andy Trivedi, Marquise Squires, Tom Davis, Priscilla Lewis,
Raji Vijayaraghavan, Renu Advani, Bharati Trivedi, Nancy Chao
Front - Left to Right: Deena Natale, Kelli Frey, Sharon Pleasant-Jones, Jasmin Lopez
Many people are aware of diabetes, but often overlook the fact that it can have devastating effects if not managed properly. According to the New Jersey Department of Health, diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in New Jersey and about 22 percent of adults 65 years and older have diabetes.
 
These alarming statistics will only get worse with no action. Luckily, a dedicated group of volunteer educators or “Peer Leaders” is ready to take on the disease and start making improvements in their communities.
 
The Peer Leaders come from all walks of life and bring a wide variety of experience and empathy to the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) project. Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (HQSI), as a member of the Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, implements EDC throughout New Jersey to improve quality of life for people with diabetes.

Aquilina PictureAquilina is a retired Philippines native who has been living in New Jersey for the last four years. She enjoys traditional Filipino dancing and participating in exercise classes and other seminars and workshops at her local senior center in Piscataway. 

Aquilina found out that she had diabetes when she first moved to the United States. She has had some struggles along the way with finding doctors and the health care she needs, so she is always looking for ways to improve her health.

Kathy PictureKathy, a New Jersey caregiver, participated in the free Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program at her local public library in Plainfield and is excited to share her story. As a colon cancer survivor, she is already very involved in health education initiatives within her community. Her husband, George, recently received news that he is a pre-diabetic. Since it is still in the early stage, there are steps he can take that can potentially prevent him from becoming a diabetic.

As part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) project, Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network promotes the use of an evidence-based Diabetes Self-Management Program.

BarbaraRetired in her early sixties and living in New Jersey, Barbara loves to crochet, sew, and spend time with her family and granddaughter, Olivia. Diagnosed with diabetes eleven years ago, she is always looking for new and current ways to manage and take control of her health and condition.

Barbara received a flyer in the mail about a diabetes program that was scheduled to take place in her neighborhood at her local library in Plainfield. The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), created by Stanford University School of Medicine, consists of two and a half hour workshops that occur once a week for six weeks.

AndyBorn in India, Ambalal (Andy) is now retired in his late sixties and living in New Jersey. He enjoys doing community service in his free time and is currently a Peer Leader for the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) that has been offered at hundreds of locations throughout the United States. For the last 15 years, he has been a Type 2 Diabetic. Four years ago, he had a heart attack. Consequently, Andy is always looking to learn more about managing his health and diabetes, and to feel more in control of his life.

Aaron PictureNow retired, Aaron is a graduate of the Saint Peter’s Public Policy program and has lived in New Jersey his whole life. A talented writer, he is currently putting a collection of poetry together, and it isn’t his first. Besides writing, he enjoys going to summer concerts, listening to house music (a form of dance music), and supporting community programs for young people.

About twenty years ago, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Determined to improve his health, Aaron recently completed a self-management program that helps people control and manage their diabetes or other chronic condition.

SalThis is a story about Salvatore – better known as “Sal” – a former manager and merchandiser who is a lifelong New Jersey native, now retired in his late sixties. He likes to read, work puzzles and enjoys a bicycle ride every now and then. Lately, he has had some challenging back problems, and on top of that, he recently became aware that he is a borderline diabetic. This news motivated him to take action before it’s too late.  He wanted a way to take control and not let his recently-diagnosed diabetes dictate his life and what he wants to do.

ElaineFor most of her life, Elaine didn’t worry much about her health. Then in 1995, she broke her ankle. The chronic pain lasted for 20 years, making it difficult for her to walk even today. On top of the persistent and overwhelming chronic pain, at a recent doctor’s visit she was told she was pre-diabetic. She was often tired, feeling hopeless and even a little depressed. She wanted a solution. A way to “take control of her health” and feel like herself again.

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