Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care, Merck Foundation
Western Maryland Health System is one of eight program grantees supported through the new $16 million, five-year Merck Foundation initiative, Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care, to help mobilize community-based partners and improve diabetes care for vulnerable and underserved populations in the United States. This grant enables us to take our diabetes management services out to local communities as well as to individuals in their homes. WMHS currently has outreach community clinics in areas where there is a high concentration of need and limited primary care access. This grant will fund additional services at these clinics specific to the needs of those with Type 2 diabetes, including care coordination services for those who need help managing their diabetes. These clinics will be a hub to link people with diabetes to community-based services needed to improve their health. A variety of community organizations are partners in the program and will help address people’s need for healthy food, medications, transportation, housing and other social issues. WMHS also will place diabetic management care coordinators in primary care practices and will expand our home-based telemonitoring program for Type 2 diabetes patients.
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