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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. 

Participant Gains a Support Network and Improved Outcomes as a Result of EDC Classes

EDC logoAs part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, Quality Insights hosts free diabetes workshops throughout the state of New Jersey. EDC is a national initiative that strives to improve the health of individuals with diabetes by offering free diabetes self-management education (DSME) through evidence-based workshops that take place in community-based settings. 
The series, also known as the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP), takes place once a week for six weeks, for about two hours. The DEEP curriculum was developed at the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The program helps individuals better understand diabetes and how to manage the disease.

Donald Brown attended EDC classes at the South Plainfield Senior Center last fall. Although Donald has had diabetes for over 30 years and was prescribed medications by his doctor, he has not been consistent with taking them.

One area the workshop series covered that Donald found especially helpful was meal planning. As a single person, this is an important topic to him. Additionally, he appreciated the support shared among the workshop participants.

“Everyone shared and reached out to me to include me and helped with socializing and motivating me even more,” Donald stated. The program provided him with the social support he needed to manage his diabetes. As a result of the EDC classes, the participants petitioned the South Plainfield Senior Center to create an ongoing support group for those impacted by diabetes.

The positive changes Donald has made over the past six months helped to lower his blood sugar. By exercising and taking his medications consistently, his A1C dropped from 10.5 to 7.5. The A1C test measures the glucose (blood sugar) in one’s blood. In addition to Donald feeling better about his disease, his doctor is pleased with Donald’s bloodwork results.

About Everyone with Diabetes Counts

EDC is a national initiative funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and offers free self-management workshops to people with Medicare who have diabetes, their family members and caregivers. Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, supported locally by HQSI, offers the free workshops throughout New Jersey. Workshops are designed to educate individuals about diabetes and help them learn how to manage it and take control of their health through various tools, behavior modification and coping techniques. Participants learn about diabetes and its risks, preventing complications, healthy eating, exercise, how to deal with stress and difficult emotions, managing medications and much more.

To learn more or find an upcoming workshop in your area, call Jarmaine Williams at (732) 955-8168 or check out our class listing page