New Jersey NEWS

Diabetes Collaboration in Cumberland County Leads to Community Innovation Award

EDC Logo PictureDr. Harry Paraison, MPA, and Executive Director at DH/Perfil Latino TV, Inc. recently received the Community Innovation Award at the New Jersey 2nd Rural Health Symposium which took place in Vineland. The symposium was sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Health, Office of Primary Care & Rural Health and the New Jersey Primary Care Association. 

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The award recognizes individuals who make significant contributions to their community through collaboration, education and communication. At DH/Perfil Latino TV, Inc., Dr. Paraison and his wife host “Perfil Latino,” a weekly bilingual and multicultural TV program which provides education, information and entertainment to local communities on important issues such as health, education, social services, and community resources. The program airs every Sunday at 10 AM on Telemundo 62 and at 3PM & 6PM on SNJ Today Chanel 22 (Local Comcast). The organization also offers ESL reading, writing and health management classes at local community centers. 
“I have always been an advocate to empower people to take better care of themselves,” Dr. Paraison said. “Helping community members to a greater understanding of their health is my call.” 
In continuation of his dedication to the community, Dr. Paraison is partnering with Quality Insights, which is the Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) in New Jersey. Quality Insights offers free diabetes self-management education to people with Medicare as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, which is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 
Dr. Paraison completed a training to become a certified Peer Educator in the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), which consists of an evidence-based workshop series that occurs once a week for six weeks. Throughout the six weeks, participants learn about healthy eating, exercise, medications, self-monitoring, stress management, and preventing complications. 
Since July 2014, Quality Insights has educated over 1,500 people in New Jersey. Graduates of the program were able to lose weight, lower blood sugar levels, increase physical activity, and interact with others going through similar experiences living with diabetes. After the program, almost 83% of the participants knew healthy ways to handle the stress related to diabetes compared to 32% before the program. Almost 90% of the participants felt they can make a plan with goals that will help control their diabetes after the program.
“People with diabetes need to continue being involved in re-educating themselves in the self-management of this chronic disease,” Dr. Paraison said. “This workshop presents a complete overview of what it takes to control your blood sugar today and delay or avoid complications in the future.”
With support from New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and the United Health Foundation, participants will receive complimentary healthy snacks, resources, and giveaways throughout the workshop series. 
Dr. Paraison and Quality Insights will be offering free diabetes workshops for the community throughout Cumberland County. There will be a free workshop taking place at Luther Acres on 560 Sarah Place in Vineland, NJ 08360 on Wednesdays, June 13 to July 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
To learn more or register for the workshop, call Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168. View a list of all upcoming workshops here.  
About DH/Perfil Latino TV, Inc.
DH/Perfil Latino TV, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization that educates about health and social issues and works to increase cultural awareness and bridge bilingual understanding. Learn more.  
About Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network 
Quality Insights is the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Quality Insights collaborates with healthcare providers, patients and allied organizations across the network to bring about widespread, significant improvements in the quality of care they deliver. Our goal is better care, smarter spending and healthier people. Learn more.