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. 


EDC class participantsSt. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Plainfield is known for caring for the moral, spiritual and total well-being of members of its congregation. As part of that tenet, the congregation scheduled a health and wellness day this past November, which included a free diabetes program, healing church service, soup lunch and chair yoga. The diabetes program consists of a workshop series that occurs once a week for six weeks and allows people with diabetes to share experiences and learn ways to better self-manage their condition.

EDC Class Members PictureTwelve individuals recently completed a comprehensive four-day training that will allow them to educate and empower people with diabetes throughout New Jersey.
 
“I can’t wait to go out into the field and motivate people to self-manage their diabetes,” Felix Ollenu, Project Coordinator at Healthcare Quality Strategies (HQSI) and newly graduated Peer Leader, said.  
 
The individuals became trained Peer Leaders in the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), an evidence-based program originally developed at Stanford University. The training consists of an interactive workshop series that occurs once a week for six weeks, for two and a half hours. 
 

Alexsandra PictureAlexsandra, also known as Sandy, is a mother of five living in South Jersey with her husband. About six months ago, she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. 
 
Sandy is an employee at the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center in Newtonville and was happy when she received approval from her boss to attend one of the center’s programs, which was a free six-week diabetes self-management workshop series as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program.
 

William Musto Culture Center Group PhotoThe William V. Musto Cultural Center recently hosted its first Spanish-speaking Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) in Union City.
 
The program started slowly because it had to compete with a yoga class held at the same time. In an effort to increase class participation, the facilitator decided to change the time, which allowed participants to attend both yoga and the diabetes program.
 
Without further obstacles, classes took off and the members were happy to participate in both yoga and then the diabetes class. 
 

Aula en Lugar Inesperado   (10/31/2017)

William Musto Culture Center Group Photo
Este Otoño en el condado de Hudson y ciudad de Union City se El Programa de Capacitación y Educación en Diabetes tomo lugar en el Impresionante Centro Cultural William V. Musto. 
 
El programa comenzó lentamente debido a que estaba compitiendo con el yoga que se llevó a cabo al mismo tiempo, por lo que el facilitador decidió cambiar el tiempo a un estado posterior permitiendo a los participantes que también querían hacer yoga y el taller de diabetes. 
 
Sin más obstáculos, las clases despegaron y los integrantes estuvieron felices de participar en el yoga y luego en las clases de Diabetes. 
 
 

EDC Class PhotoPemberton Township Senior Center recently hosted a free workshop series that educated and empowered seniors with diabetes. 
 
The six-week workshop series, also known as the Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP), is offered as part of Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC), which is a national initiative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). 
 

Fred and Virginia PictureVirginia and Fred are a couple living in Ocean County. Fred enjoys reading novels and gardening, and Virginia likes helping out with church, crafting and planning events. They both are living with type 2 diabetes.
 
Together, in a joint effort to take control of their health, they completed a free diabetes self-management workshop series at a senior living community in Tuckerton. 
 

All About Balance   (7/31/2017)

Minnie B. Veal Class PhotoAshvin has had Type 2 diabetes for the past five years. Previously a supervisor at Snapple, he would take advantage of the free sugary drinks a few times a day, as it was part of the company’s culture was to enjoy Snapple during leisure time.  Ashvin wasn’t thinking about the potential damage the drinks may be doing to his health. One 16-ounce bottle of Snapple has approximately 35 to 40 grams of sugar.
 
Once Ashvin found out that his blood sugar levels were higher than normal, he decided to make some changes and take charge of his health.
 

Group Photo for JFKJohn F. Kennedy Library in Piscataway recently hosted a free diabetes self-management program and ten participants graduated. 
 
Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network and Middlesex County Office of Health Services (MCOHS) collaborated to offer this workshop as part of the national Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) initiative. 
 

Group PictureEleven individuals recently graduated from a free diabetes self-management workshop series that took place at the Pleasantville Library. The graduates all came together to learn ways to better manage their diabetes.

The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) was developed at Stanford University and aims to reduce risks associated with diabetes and help individuals live healthier and happier lives. The program consists of an evidence-based workshop series that takes place once a week for six weeks, for two and a half hours each time.

Mike PhotoAs Mike Menaker was packing up workshop materials at a senior center in Trenton, New Jersey last August, a participant named Anthony approached him.  Anthony took Mike’s hand and wouldn’t let go.
 
“Mike, I just want to thank you,” Anthony said. “You have no idea how much this class has helped me.  Do you have a few minutes to talk?”
 
Anthony felt at ease with Mike’s patience and wanted to review his action plan again.  Mike and Anthony also had something important in common – they were both military veterans.  Though Mike really did not have much time to talk due to his tight schedule with volunteer work, he unquestionably agreed.   

Jennifer PictureJennifer, a past educator from Trenton who loves to sing and sew has lived with type 2 diabetes for over 20 years. She has witnessed close friends go through amputations because of lack of care with their diabetes and eating whatever they wanted. It frightened her, so when she found out about a free diabetes program happening at her local senior center in Trenton, she knew right away she would take advantage.

The Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) was developed at the Stanford University School of Medicine and consists of a free six-week workshop series.

Gwendolyn“I’m feeling so good,” Gwendolyn joyfully said. “When I first came here and took the stairs, I would get winded. I came today and I am fine!”

Gwendolyn was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about four years ago. She wanted to learn more about how to manage her diabetes, so she decided to attend a free diabetes program that was scheduled at the Sam Naples Senior Center in Trenton.

Eva and KatharinaTwo New Jersey sisters have a strong hereditary history of diabetes that has affected them and their family for years.

“The hardest thing we ever went through in our lives was watching our mother go through toe amputations,” the sisters gloomily stated. “It was so painful that even morphine did not take away the phantom pain.”

The ReedsIris received the news from her cardiologist (heart doctor) that she was a diabetic about two years ago. Iris lives in South Jersey with her husband Delbert and enjoys weaving with ribbon, completing puzzles and Sudoku, and helping her daughter with her art shows.

“It was disappointing,” Iris admitted when she found out the news. 

Margie PictureMargie, an avid card player who enjoys going to casinos in Atlantic City or Pennsylvania when she can, has had diabetes for about seven years, but never tried to actively manage her disease until recently. When she was first diagnosed with diabetes, her doctor provided her with a video to watch about the disease. She watched the video, but said it did not add much value to her life or give her the education she really wanted. 

Donald PictureWhen Donald found out he had diabetes, he was terrified. He had seen the negative effects of the disease first-hand through his family members. Some of the diabetic complications he’s witnessed in his family include eye loss, amputations, heart attack and liver problems. He truly understood the damage this disease can cause if not managed properly. That’s why as soon as he got diagnosed, he wanted to take control. 

A sports lover, Donald is a New Jersey man who likes to travel, see shows, and go out and meet new people. He is a member of the Gateway Family YMCA in his town, which is where he saw a flyer for a free diabetes program happening at the YMCA.

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.

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