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Diabetes Equity Project


About the Diabetes Equity Project


Baylor Scott & White Health (formerly Baylor Health Care System) in Dallas, Texas ,created the Diabetes Equity Project (DEP) with funding from a Merck Company Foundation grant.


The goal of the DEP is to reduce observed disparities in diabetes care and diabetes outcomes in the medically underserved communities surrounding Baylor hospitals. The DEP utilized specially trained, bilingual community health workers to:

  • educate patients about diabetes and key self-management skills
  • serve as culturally-tailored and linguistically appropriate liaisons to the patient-provider relationship
  • increase access to health services and education


Preliminary analysis revealed that participating patients had a statistically significant reduction in mean glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels one year post-baseline.


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The toolkit provides educational materials* for patients with diabetes that will help them understand basic information about type 2 diabetes and how to manage and control their diabetes daily. Educational topics include: Type 2 Diabetes, Blood Sugar Management, Healthy Eating, and Preventing Diabetes-related Problems.


The toolkit content for providers is meant to support the development of diabetes outreach programs and/or improve the diabetes care delivery process for underserved patients without access to proper diabetes education and self-management resources in an outpatient setting, including incorporating CHWs into the diabetes care delivery team. The toolkit materials will include: Visit Protocols and Supporting Materials, Patient Education Tools, Patient Knowledge Assessments, Charting Examples, Diabetes Health Promoter Training and Coaching Modules, and Quality Assurance Evaluations.


The toolkit will provide resources to inform policy makers of the need for improved access to culturally and linguistically-tailored diabetes education and self-management programs for underinsured, underserved patients. This portion of the toolkit will comprise key administrative components of the DEP that has led the program to see great success in assisting the aforementioned patient population gain access to diabetes education and self-management support, primarily through the CHW intervention. Additionally, webinars, manuscripts, presentations, and other important resources about the DEP will be accessible in this section.


*available in English and Spanish



About the Diabetes Equity Project

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