To provide awareness of and information about the role of the Diabetes Community Health Worker (DCHW) in addressing prevention or self-management of diabetes, particularly with underserved populations.
Diabetes Community Health Workers (DCHWs) are community members who work as bridges between their ethnic, cultural, or geographic communities and healthcare providers to help their neighbors prevent diabetes and its complications through self-care management and social support, including community engagement.
AADE Position Statement. “Diabetes Community Health Workers. The Diabetes Educator. 2003; 29(5):818-24.
Occupations: counseling, substance abuse, educational-vocational counseling, health education, and other health/community services
In Michigan: Federally Qualified Health Centers, Detroit Department of Health & Wellness Promotion, University of Michigan, Diabetes Outreach Networks, Access, Indian Health Services, Spectrum and St. Mary’s Hospital, Henry Ford Health System, etc.
Team care is a necessary component of effective chronic illness management per DCCT* and UKPDS** (NDEP*** Team Care booklet)
Skills and roles of different health care providers should be integrated and coordinated
The DCHW is an important member of this team, particularly for high risk populations.
*The Diabetes Control and Complications Research Trial Group. The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. N Engl J Med 1993; 329 (14): 977-986. **UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) Group. Intensive blood-glucose control with sulphonylureas or insulin compared with conventional treatment and risk of complications in subjects with Type 2 diabetes (UKPDS 33). Lancet 1998; 352:837-853. ***http://ndep.nih.gov/diabetes/pubs/TeamCare.pdf