Monday, December 18, 2017

Partnering with Community Pharmacists on Diabetes

Partnerships are the key to success in public health. Partners extend your reach, leverage precious resources, and help you achieve your objectives such as increasing enrollment in diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) services and the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment partner with community pharmacists pharmacy students to create a sustainable business model.

The health department uses a systems approach to build capacity:
  • Equipped fourth-year pharmacy students with skills to provide chronic disease self-management services, including training in motivational interviewing and health equity and rotations in rural communities providing chronic disease self-management services
  • Developed an infrastructure for community pharmacists to use claims data to identify clients who might benefit from pharmacist-led interventions like medication management and disease education
  • Shared data on the services they provide to other clinicians and health systems. This data exchange is important to support long-term integration and sustainability of care, particularly for DSMES and the National DPP lifestyle change program

For more information, contact Tara Trujillo or visit the website and look for their Pharmacy Survey, Pharmacy Toolkit and information on the Pharmacy and Medicaid Accountable Care Organization Project.

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