From 1980 through 2005, the number of people with diabetes has more than tripled (5.8 million to 20.8 million). In New York State, 20.3% of seniors between the ages of 65-74 yrs and 19% for those 75 yrs or older live with diabetes. The prevalence rate of diabetes among Hispanics is about 8.3% statewide.
Research has shown that disparities in diabetes care and education exist between these ethnic groups, and IPRO is focused on helping to improve knowledge and care quality for Hispanic New Yorkers with diabetes.
Diabetes Self-management Education Programs (DSME)
IPRO is one of a select group of Quality Improvement Organizations working under the direction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to promote a diabetes self-management program for Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries who have diabetes.
This program, called “Everyone with Diabetes Counts”, focuses on increasing patients’ knowledge of diabetes management. It also works to improve healthcare provider use of important diabetes management tests through community and partnership outreach.
A Community-Based Approach
Our network of partners includes hundreds of senior centers, churches and community organizations, as well as health coalitions, state and local government and professional organizations.
By providing our Diabetes Wellness Workshops through these community partners, we make access easy for patients all over New York City and ensure that the courses are delivered by people who are trusted in their communities and can most effectively communicate with patients.
To find out more about the work IPRO is doing to improve diabetes self-management and how it might apply to you, please click on one of the links in the sidebar to the right of this page.