The Highmark Foundation released a report detailing the impact of more than $1.6 million in grants that it issued on diabetes care and services for Pennsylvanians.
To coincide with National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Highmark Foundation released a report, "Improving Access to Diabetes Care and Services in Pennsylvania through Coordinated Strategies," which details the impact of the more than $1.6 million that the foundation has provided to help increase access to diabetes care and services for Pennsylvanians. Diabetes affects 760,000 individuals, or 6.1 percent of the population, in Pennsylvania.
"Our grant making has supported programs that reduce the effects of diabetes and improve the quality of life for people living with the disease," said Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation. "Diabetes can lead to serious health complications, including heart disease and stroke, hypertension, visual impairment, amputations, dental disease, pregnancy-related complications or even premature death."
Four hospitals, a Federally Qualified Health Center, a spiritual and health-based wellness project and a university received funding for programs that have shown promising and measurable outcomes. The programs have reduced the prevalence of diabetes and illustrated the effectiveness of early intervention and preventive health programs:
For more information on the Highmark Foundation's approach to addressing diabetes and outcomes of the grants, read the complete report.