Diabetes Equity Project Works to Reduce Disparities in Care

February 23, 2011

The Diabetes Equity Project uses cultural competency programs, targeted CME, a database registry and other tools to improve diabetes care.

James Walton, DO, MBA, VP and Chief Health Equity Officer, Baylor Health Care System, talks about the Diabetes Equity Project, part of the Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes.

The Diabetes Equity Project (DEP) will work to improve “both access to and quality of care delivered to low-income, minority, uninsured and underserved people with diabetes who reside in Dallas County, Texas. The DEP will utilize a multi-faceted approach that includes interventions at the physician, patient and system levels to improve diabetes health equity in Dallas County. Cross-cultural competency education programs will be delivered through continuing medical education (CME) events targeted at primary care physicians who volunteer to care for uninsured people with diabetes. The implementation of an electronic diabetes registry will foster improved multidisciplinary communication among health care providers in the DEP as well as assist in evaluating the health outcomes of patients enrolled in the program.”