1_Announcement|1_Press_Release|1_News|School_of_Public_Health|Research|Medical_Centerdiabetes, slu, louis university, burroughs, ArmbrechtResearchers Take Diabetes Education Programs into Coffee Shops, Gathering PlacesUniversitytrue20100730T05:00:00Sara Savatssavat@slu.edu 314.977.8018Project Take Diabetes Education Programs into Coffee Shops, Churches, Gathering PlacesInnovative Initiative Designed to Help Those with Diabetes Better Control IllnessSaint Louis University Center for Outcomes Research and St. Louis Diabetes Coalition have received a $99,342 grant from the St. Louis Community/University Health Research Partnership.<p>ST. LOUIS -- Saint Louis University Center for Outcomes Research (SLUCOR) and St. Louis Diabetes Coalition have received a $99,342 grant from the St. Louis Community/University Health Research Partnership (CUHRP) to take diabetes education programs out of doctors offices and into community gathering spots like churches and coffee shops.</p> <p>Type 2 diabetes is a common problem in St. Louis. Nearly one in five St. Louisans older than 55 have Type 2 diabetes; African Americans older than 50 are at the highest risk. Research has shown that when people are taught how to manage their diabetes, they are healthier and have a better quality of life.</p> <p>"Pharmaceuticals and health care services are just a portion of the equation for optimal diabetes care," said Thomas Burroughs, Ph.D., executive director of SLUCOR and principal investigator of the study. "This project dives into self-testing blood glucose levels, planning diet and exercise, communicating honestly and effectively with health care providers, and committing to goals."</p> <p>Despite the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and the known benefits of self management, there is a shortage of diabetes self-management education programs. Researchers say that 49 percent of St. Louisans, or an estimated 75,000 people, have never taken a class to learn how to manage their diabetes.</p> <p>The CUHRP grant will provide funding for a series of open, free community workshops to help people with diabetes learn about food, medications, blood glucose monitoring, exercise, and other aspects of diabetes management. Researchers estimate that 400 people will participate in the workshop series, which will take place over the next year.</p> <p>In addition to the community workshops, 200 participants will be invited to sign-up for personalized, one-on-one sessions with diabetes educators and nutritionists to assess and address their unique needs.</p> <p>According to Joan McGinnis, MSN, CDE, director of education for the St. Louis Diabetes Coalition, many barriers prevent people with Type 2 diabetes from getting the help they need. Some lack insurance or have limited coverage, and cannot afford the classes. For working individuals, the inconvenient times and locations of the programs, which are often offered during the day, make it difficult to attend. And many people do not get the support and encouragement they need to understand how this chronic disease will affect them in the future.</p> <p>"We've designed our program to address all of these barriers. Through this project, experienced diabetes nurse educators and nutritionists will be available to provide individual consultations in convenient nearby locations, such as churches and coffee shops," McGinnis said.</p> <p>According to Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D., assistant professor of internal medicine and health management and policy, and co-principal investigator of the study, this collaborative project builds upon the expertise and experience of both SLUCOR and St. Louis Diabetes Coalition.</p> <p>"The Coalition has a strong tradition of using new approaches to engage and educate people with diabetes. SLUCOR brings its expertise in outcomes research as well as diabetes to design and measure impact. We believe our university-community collaboration can be a powerful force in improving the health of St. Louisians with diabetes."</p> <p><strong>About CUHRP</strong><br />Established in 2009, the $1.5 million St. Louis Community/University Health Research Partnership is funded by Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, and BJC HealthCare and facilitated by the Regional Health Commission. The initiative focuses research efforts on critical health care problems in the St. Louis community and supports the development of research partnerships between community-based organizations in St. Louis City and County and faculty members at Washington University and Saint Louis University.</p> <p><strong>About St. Louis Diabetes Coalition</strong><br />The St. Louis Diabetes Coalition is a Missouri non-profit corporation (501c3 tax exempt) governed by a 19-member Board of Directors. In December 1998, representatives from various managed care organizations, hospitals, physician groups, government health agencies, the American Diabetes Association, and pharmaceutical companies established the St. Louis Diabetes Coalition. It was created to address the enormous challenges of diabetes awareness and care through an integration of efforts and resources.</p> <p><strong>About Saint Louis University</strong><br />Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit university ranked among the top research institutions in the nation. The University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 13,000 students. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi and the second oldest Jesuit university in the United States. 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