Diabetes Self-Management a Growth Industry

IPRO is on track to graduate 10,000 seniors from its Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) program by 2019, according to a June 28 Grand Rounds presentation to CMS staff in Baltimore by Janice Hidalgo, who directs IPRO’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) initiative. Initiated in 2008, under IPRO’s Medicare-funded QIO contract, IPRO’s bilingual program targets Hispanic and African-American seniors utilizing a Stanford University-developed curriculum that provides seniors self-management techniques to better manage their diabetes and to help achieve quantitative improvements on actual clinical outcomes measurements. Seniors attend workshops over a six-week period. IPRO’s program uses a “Train the Trainer” approach whereby Community Health Worker students at La Guardia Community College earn academic credits by conducting DSME trainings. To learn more about IPRO’s project, visit www.atlanticquality.org.