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The New York State Diabetes Campaign: Reversing the Epidemic

In June 2008, NYSHealth unveiled a landmark $35 million campaign to reverse the growing diabetes epidemic in New York State. "The New York State Diabetes Campaign: Reversing the Epidemic" is working to improve clinical care, mobilize communities, and promote policy.

The Campaign works with statewide associations that represent three types of primary care providers in New York State to improve outcomes for patients with diabetes: community health centers, individual private practices, and hospital outpatient departments. Initial grants were made to the Community Health Care Association of New York State, the New York State Academy of Family Physicians, the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians. Partnering with community- and faith-based organizations, the Campaign will strengthen community capacity to implement and expand diabetes screening and management, and increase access to diabetes prevention and management resources. As part of the Campaign, NYSHealth established a Diabetes Policy Center that conducts and funds policy analysis and advocacy to support private and public payment policies that sustain a comprehensive, coordinated care system for patients with diabetes. In partnership with Bridges to Excellence, the Policy Center is working to align incentive payments among the majority of payers in the State to encourage primary care physicians to increase the quality of care they deliver to patients with diabetes. The Policy Center also is pursuing policies that expand access to diabetes services, including self-management education and support.