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A Multi-Site Initiative Is Helping to Deliver Hope to Vulnerable Populations with Diabetes

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THE "ALLIANCE TO REDUCE DISPARITIES IN DIABETES" IS A MULTI-CULTURAL, FIVE-YEAR INITIATIVE THAT'S DELIVERING HOPE TO VULNERABLE POPULATIONS WITH DIABETES, ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  DOCTOR JEFFREY BRENNER--OF THE ALLIANCE-SUPPORTED "CAMDEN COALITION OF HEALTHCARE-PROVIDERS", IN NEW JERSEY--SAYS THAT EMPOWERING PATIENTS, WITH BOTH DIABETES-EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SUPPORT, HAS THE POWER TO IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH, AND REDUCE COSTS...

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INCORPORATING BOTH ONE-ON-ONE FOLLOW-UP AND COMMUNITY-EDUCATION HAS HELPED PATIENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE ALLIANCE'S PROGRAMS TAKE CONTROL OF THEIR HEALTH.  FROM RETAIL-PHARMACIES AND FARMERS' MARKETS--TO PHYSICAL-FITNESS CENTERS AND PLACES OF WORSHIP--WE AT THE ALLIANCE'S FIVE SITES EACH HAD DIFFERENT PARTNERS WHO HELPED TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT OF SUPPORT, FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DIABETES."

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DOCTOR MICHAEL ROSENBLATT IS THE CHIEF MEDICAL-OFFICER AT MERCK--WHICH SUPPORTS THE ALLIANCE, THROUGH ITS FOUNDATION...

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THESE PROGRAMS ARE HELPING PEOPLE WITH DIABETES TO EAT HEALTHIER, EXERCISE MORE FREQUENTLY, AND DECREASE THEIR BLOOD-SUGAR--WHICH IS CRITICAL TO PREVENTING THE COMPLICATIONS OF DIABETES."

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THE ALLIANCE ALSO HAS PROGRAM-SITES IN CHICAGO, DALLAS, MEMPHIS, AND WYOMING'S "WIND RIVER INDIAN-RESERVATION".  TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "ALLIANCE-FOR-DIABETES"-DOT-ORG.



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