Alliance to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes

About the Alliance

Through grants to five organizations and a National Program Office, the Merck Foundation supports comprehensive, multi-faceted, community-based programs that address the key factors to improve health outcomes for people living with diabetes.

The Alliance is working to improve communication between patients and health care providers. Effective communication among providers, patients and their family members is a critical component of efforts to promote optimal care outcomes, enhance prevention and management of diabetes and reduce disparities in care.

The Alliance efforts go beyond the clinical setting and will reach people where they spend most of their time and make most of the decisions that affect their health, such as community settings and homes.

Alliance programs focus on three core components:

  • PATIENTS: Patients who are better educated and empowered may become more engaged in their health care overall; they may become better at managing their conditions themselves, adopting behaviors that help prevent health problems and communicating effectively with physicians and other clinicians.
  • CLINICIANS:  Clinicians who are more skilled in communicating with diverse patient groups and aware of cultural beliefs are more effective in providing care and educating their patients, and they become more patient centered in their communication.
  • SYSTEMS:  Health care organizations that implement and support clinical systems, policies or practices related to disease management can reduce disparities in diabetes care.
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