The Asheville Project
The Asheville Project, launched in 1997 by the City of Asheville, North Carolina, provided education and personal oversight for city employees with chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension and high cholesterol. Through the Asheville Project, employees with these conditions received intensive education through the Mission-St. Joseph’s Diabetes and Health Education Center and were teamed with community pharmacists who made sure they were using their medications correctly.
The APhA Foundation recognized the importance of the work conducted in Asheville, and therefore supported the publication of the diabetes-focused results of The Asheville Project. The Asheville Project is recognized as an inspirational healthcare model and has been incorporated into and adapted through the Foundation’s extensive research in diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Through The Asheville Project, pharmacists developed thriving patient care services in their community pharmacies. Employees, retirees and dependents with diabetes experienced improved A1C levels, lower total health care costs, fewer sick days, and increased satisfaction with their pharmacist’s services. Unlike other experiments, the Asheville model was payer-driven and patient-centered. The APhA Foundation has implemented and expanded upon this model throughout our research work.