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About the Issue

About the Issue

Diabetes is a growing epidemic in our country. According to the CDC, nearly 24 million Americans – 7.8% of the U.S. population – have diabetes and that number could increase to 50 million by 2025. Diabetes accounts for annual healthcare costs of $174 billion and more than 15 million work days absent. Additionally, it multiplies the potential for heart disease, stroke, blindness, amputations and kidney failure. APhA Foundation is improving the care of people with diabetes through its highly successful research initiatives including current initiative, Project IMPACT: Diabetes.

Project IMPACT: Diabetes

Launched in 2010 in partnership with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Together on Diabetes™ initiative, Project IMPACT: Diabetes is the first national diabetes self-management program conducted by the APhA Foundation that is successfully improving care for more than 2,000 uninsured, under-insured, poverty-stricken, homeless and other people with diabetes in 25 communities disproportionately affected by diabetes.

Diabetes Ten City Challenge

Diabetes Ten City Challenge (DTCC), conducted by the APhA Foundation with support from GlaxoSmithKline, demonstrated that self-insured employers can improve recognized standards of diabetes care and reduce health care expenditures when they offer employees, dependents and retirees the opportunity to meet with specially-trained pharmacist “coaches” to help manage their diabetes.

Patient Self-Management Program for Diabetes

Patient Self-Management Program for Diabetes, supported by Aventis Pharmaceuticals, was the APhA Foundation’s first diabetes demonstration project. Over a one-year patient care period, self-insured employers in 5 geographic areas observed significantly improved clinical indicators of diabetes management, higher rates of self-management goal setting and achievement for beneficiaries, increased satisfaction with diabetes care, and decreased total medical costs.

The Asheville Project

The Asheville Project began in 1996 as an effort by the City of Asheville, North Carolina, a self-insured employer, to provide education and personal oversight for employees with chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension and high cholesterol. The highly successful model from the project has been expanded upon extensively through the APhA Foundation's research.

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