REACH- Community Diabetes Education — Medical University of South Carolina

REACH- Community Diabetes Education — Medical University of South Carolina


Mrs. Delagard, a 76-year-old, was scheduled to have her leg amputated. One of her family members came to a community REACH diabetes education class and talked
with a community health advisor about Mrs. Delagard’s problems. As a result she has her leg. Diabetes was really a closeted issue. Even people who are on insulin often didn’t share that
with their family and support systems. Today it’s really a community conversation. We started out with about a rate of 40 amputations per 1,000 hospitalizations with people with diabetes. And we’ve reduced that
by 50 percent. That translates into a cost savings
of about $2 million per year.

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