Building a Community for Members with Diabetes

In 2008, Arkansas was ranked as the 12th highest in the nation, tied with Florida and Indiana, for the number of people diagnosed with diabetes.  Consistently running at a higher rate of prevalence than the national average for 15 years, Arkansas has a serious issue.  A person with diabetes has a 50% greater chance of dying than a person of the same age without diabetes.

Employers’ Health Coalition is addressing the need to improve the health of members with diabetes and potentially, reduce the number of diagnosed with diabetes through a service to our members.  The service includes:

  • A Diabetes Resource Services Coordinator assigned to the company to meet individual needs such as:
    1. Review of claims data to ensure members are meeting ADA compliance
    2. Health coaching with an R.N.
    3. Arranging on-site education with a Certified Diabetic Educator
    4. Partnering with healthcare practitioners to ensure barriers preventing 100% ADA compliance are removed
    5. Quarterly follow up call and/or letter to answer questions and provide new education
    6. Assessing food and drink choices offered on the premises
  • Quarterly newsletters
  • Recipes specific to maintaining a healthy blood sugar
  • Connecting members with diabetes to free resources that will assist them in monitoring their disease and educate them 
Mission
To decrease diabetes symptoms and complications through health promotion, education and training through the Diabetes Resource Program (DRP).
 
Vision

DRP serves as a resource to educate members of Employers' Health Coalition with diabetes and prediabetes to improve their overall health and lifestyle.  Exhibiting sensitivity to the unique needs of each member, DRP addresses the whole person, the family and the community, not just the disease.  DRP encompasses health education, lifestyle coaching - working towards positive outcomes.