Using employee experts to offer an interprofessional diabetes risk reduction program to fellow employees

Thomas L. Lenz, Nicole D. Gillespie, Maryann Z. Skrabal, Michele A. Faulkner, Jessica J. Skradski, Liz A. Ferguson, Joni J. Pagenkemper, Geri A. Moore, Diane Jorgensen

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Abstract

A recent increase in the incidence of diabetes and pre-diabetes is causing many employers to spend more of their healthcare benefit budgets to manage the conditions. A self-insured university in the USA has implemented an interprofessional diabetes mellitus risk reduction program using its own employee faculty and staff experts to help fellow employees manage their diabetes and pre-diabetes. The interprofessional team consists of five pharmacists, a dietitian, an exercise physiologist, a health educator and a licensed mental health practitioner. In addition, the participant's physician serves as a consultant to the program, as does a human resources healthcare benefits specialist and a wellness coordinator. The volunteer program takes place at the worksite during regular business hours and is free of charge to the employees. The faculty and staff delivering the program justify the cost of their time through an interprofessional educational model that the program will soon provide to university students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-199
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 6 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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