November is American Diabetes Month. The prevalence of diabetes is staggering, with over 26 million Americans living with diabetes and another 79 million at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If current trends continue, one in three US adults will have diabetes by 2050*. The cost of diabetes is high, with one in five US health care dollars spent caring for people with diabetes. People with diabetes and pre-diabetics are benefiting from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), through preventive services and expanded insurance coverage among other benefits. Healthcare providers and community-based organizations must scale up services and prevention programs to meet these growing demands. Historically, community health workers (CHWs) have been an integral part of community-based health teams providing support for patients living with a variety of chronic diseases and conditions. There are evidence-based practices related to roles for CHWs in HIV/AIDS, cancer, and mental health patient care.

This Web Forum will focus on the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s (BMSF) Together on Diabetes™ (TOD) Initiative. Highlights will include select TOD grantee projects collaborating with CHWs to ease the burden of diabetes at the clinical and community level and three models demonstrating the value of community-based health workers in diabetes management and care programs. We will discuss strategies for community engagement, funding and training of CHWs, and how CHWs and peer support services may positively impact the nation’s health. Please join us for this exciting Web Forum!

*Boyle, Thompson, Gregg, Barker, Williamson. Population Health Metrics 2010: 8:29 (22 October 2010)

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Juana Ballesteros, BSN, RN, MPH

Peers for Progress Project Manager

Alivio Medical Center

Chicago, IL

Juana has spent most of her career working in Chicago’s Latino communities addressing health disparities such as HIV/AIDS, prenatal and postnatal health, mental health, obesity, diabetes, and asthma. She currently works for Alivio Medical Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center where she coordinates the Peers for Progress project “My Health…

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Allison Barlow, PhD, MA, MPH

Associate Director

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

Baltimore, MD

Allison Barlow joined the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in 1991. She is currently Associate Director and Director of Behavioral Health for the Center. Her research and program development work focuses on family-based approaches to child and adolescent health and well-being for reservation-based American Indian tribes with geographic…

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Patricia Mae Doykos, PhD

Director

Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

Princeton, NJ

Patricia Mae Doykos is Director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. Dr. Doykos works on health strategy for the Foundation and leads the flagship philanthropic program, Together on Diabetes®: Communities Uniting to Meet America’s Diabetes Challenge which was launched in November 2010 to improve health outcomes of adults in the U.S. living with…

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Owen Laluk

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

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Lesley D. Lutes, PhD

Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology

East Carolina University

Greenville, NC

Dr. Lesley Lutes is an associate professor and director of clinical training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology at East Carolina University. Dr. Lutes is a licensed clinical psychologist, and health services provider, who specializes in developing innovative treatments for treatment of obesity and diabetes, particularly in underserved populations.…

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Lizette Martinez

Community Health Worker, Diabetes Educator

Alivio Medical Center

Chicago, IL

For as long as Lizette Martinez can remember, she has always felt a calling to a life of service. She was born and raised in Chicago’s predominately Latino communities. Considering herself a Chicana, Lizette wholeheartedly embraces her Latino roots, culture and heritage. As a result, she feels a strong commitment…

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Stacie Tsingine

Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

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