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Better Self-Management of Diabetes Program

Note:  Funding for this program ended December 31, 2010.  No patients are currently being accepted, however a list is being made in the event services are restored.  To be added to the list call the Network office at 660-665-0330.

The CareLink Regional Services for Better Self-Management of Diabetes (BSMOD) Program provides diabetes self-management training and care coordination services to uninsured/underinsured patients in Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Sullivan counties through member agencies of the Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network.  These services are being funded by a three-year grant through the Missouri Foundation for Health. 
The program was developed to allow Type II diabetes patients a longer and better quality of life, while reducing costs for both patients and society.

The BSMOD staff works with area clinics and health departments to incorporate the American Diabetes Association seven-question risk assessment as part of their initial office visit questionnaire.  If found to be a high risk, patients are encouraged to have lab work completed.

Once diagnosed with Type II diabetes, appointments are scheduled with the certified diabetes educator/ registered dietitian and registered nurse/care coordinator for one-on-one sessions to set up a plan of care and goals.  Patients are then scheduled for three weekly, two hour sessions (utilizing the American Diabetes Association’s self-management training guidelines) on: an overview of diabetes, nutrition therapy, exercise self-care exams, preventative care and coping.  The diabetes support team works closely with patients and providers to track glycemic and lipid controls, body mass index and blood pressures.  Care coordination contacts are made weekly during the 1st month of participation, twice during the 2nd month and monthly during months 3 – 6, then yearly if patients doing well.  Additional one-on-one sessions will be provided to patients with special needs or those needing additional assistance.  Transportation and prescription drug assistance are provided through NMRHN.  Referrals are also made to local exercise programs, eye and dental providers, and tobacco cessation resources.

For more information on the Better Self-Management of Diabetes Program visit our link on the Missouri Foundation for Health website http://www.mffhdiabetes.org/NEMissouri.html or call the numbers listed below.

Community Health Advocate Newsletter - Dec 2007
Community Health Advocate Newsletter - Mar 2008
Community Health Advocate Newsletter - Apr 2009
Community Health Advocate Newsletter - May 2010

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Funding for this program was provided in part by the Missouri Foundation for Health, a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.


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Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network
117 W. Potter Avenue, Kirksville, MO 63501
Phone 660-665-0330
Toll Free 877-539-2227
Fax 660-665-0030