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Community Initiative – AF4Q Diabetes Footprints Campaign

As I continue to search for resources for diabetic, I came across a community initiative from Aligning Forces for Quality (known as AF4Q), a signature effort of the Health Improvement Collaborative of Greater Cincinnati. They launched a diabetes program called the Diabetes Footprint Campaign late last year. This city-wide campaign looks to increase awareness and focus on helping improve the quality of care received by diabetics.

I agree with this type of initiative, especially when you get the disease as an adult. I think there is not enough education and guidance to ensure the transition and lifestyle demands needed to control the disease. I have been amazed at the difference in education provided to children diagnosed and sent to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and adults, like myself, who are left to find most resources on their own.

This is not to say that I didn’t receive quality care through my physician’s office and staff. I don’t believe that at all. What is different is that many time children and their parents are taken step-by-step through a process that involves education, follow-up and support. As an adult, I started at my physician’s office with a misdiagnosis of Type 2, and instructions not to eat sugar and a diet would be sent in the mail. Unbelievable as it is to me, I was fortunate since I sought out other resources, leading to a correct diagnosis and quality care.

Luckily for me, I continue to find what I need through organizations, research and my physician. But I have also encountered several friends, co-workers and neighbors that seem lost. They may take medication and visit their doctor, but they clearly aren’t getting the guidance that is needed, and with diabetes, this inevitably does catch up to them, sometimes leading to critical care issues.

That’s why I like that there are some community resources popping up that are working to continue to provide education material, support and guidelines. That’s why I’m excited to see the Diabetes Footprints Campaign taking action. On their site, I found a diabetes care kit that includes:

  • A doctor visit checklist
  • A self-care checklist
  • A Certified Diabetes Educator contact list
  • A list of organizations striving to provide great diabetes care
  • And, a Diabetes Footprints Campaign brochure

Plus, they offer a list of tests that diabetics should receive and guidelines for those tests. I look forward to following this campaign to see the impact it can make. Be sure to visit the site at www.diabetesfootprints.org.

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