Reducing Diabetes Disparities in American Indian Communities (Wind River, Wyoming)





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Published on Nov 9, 2010


"Working to Improve Diabetes Care" - Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes
The Merck Company Foundation supports an initiative working with community-based organizations across the United States to help improve the quality of care for people with diabetes, particularly in underserved communities.

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Indian Reservation is collaborating with the Northern Arapaho Tribe, the Wind River Indian Health Service, the state of Wyoming Department of Health and Sundance Research Institute to create and support a comprehensive, community health system partnership to improve outcomes for American Indian people with diabetes and to reduce the substantial health disparities experienced by American Indians. The program approach encompasses individuals, providers and the overall health system to assist individuals in making lifestyle changes to manage their diabetes, increase the effectiveness of communications between health care providers and patients, and extend and increase resources through improved coordination and collaboration among diabetes services at the Tribal, federal and state levels. Through this program, we hope to increase the proportion of American Indians with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are successful in managing their condition; increase the skills of health care providers to enable them to work effectively to assist patients in managing their diabetes; and strengthen the health system and community support system to serve people with diabetes.

About The Merck Company Foundation
The Merck Company Foundation is a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation. Established in 1957 by healthcare leader Merck, the Foundation is funded entirely by the company and is Merck's chief source
of funding support to qualified non-profit, charitable organizations. Since its inception, The Merck Company Foundation has contributed more than $600 million to support important initiatives that address societal needs and are consistent with Merck's overall mission to help the world be well. For more information, visit http://www.merckcompanyfoundation.org


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