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EDC Peer Educators and Community Health Workers Coordinate Classes around Popular "Farmacy" Program

8/30/2018
EDC Logo Picture 8When several newly-trained peer educators and community health workers for the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program found out about a unique project coordinated by Cabin Creek Health Systems, they knew they had an opportunity to engage people with diabetes in a creative way.  
 
The peer educators/community health workers were trained to teach Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) classes as part of the EDC program. EDC is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and is coordinated locally by Quality Insights. 
 
 
FarmacyAs part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, Quality Insights conducted a Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) training in May of 2018 which resulted in five Care Coordinators from Cabin Creek Health Systems becoming Peer Educators/Community Health Workers.  During the training it was discussed that before the end of the actual training each person would need to have a class scheduled and be ready to teach.  It was Quality Insight's hope that this would quarter for robust recruitment and beneficiary graduations.  
 
Farmacy 2While in discussion with the participants of the training we were made aware of a new project that CCHS wanted to launch at three of their locations. This project was called the "Farmacy."  It was a unique idea (and probably one of a kind) in that CCHS had recruited local farmers in Clendenin, Kanawha City and Dawes WV to come to each facility and provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the community.  It was suggested that if we held DSME classes during the "Farmacy" hours we would get more beneficiaries to participate.  If the participants agreed to come to class they received a $10 voucher for free fruits or vegetables.  
 
This proved to be a great incentive for those that would otherwise not be able to afford home grown fresh fruit and vegetables.  While many of the lines were long and it was excruciatingly hot many of the beneficiaries attended class and graduated.  CCHS hoped that the "Farmacy" would last until the end of summer.
 
EDC, which is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provides free diabetes self-management classes to people with Medicare, their family members and caregivers. The series of classes usually takes place once a week for six weeks, for about two hours each time. Participants learn about healthy eating, action planning, problem solving, self-monitoring, positive thinking, dealing with stress, foot care, medications, exercise and more.
 
Quality Insights coordinates the EDC program in West Virginia. EDC uses the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) curriculum developed at the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. DEEP helps individuals better understand diabetes and its management.
 
To learn more about the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, please contact Susie Sims at (304) 346-9864, ext. 3221 or email ssims@qualityinsights.org. To view a list of upcoming classes, visit us online at www.qualityinsights-qin.org/diabetes