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WVMI kicks off new EDC Web site

Diabetes is a significant issue in West Virginia, particularly in rural counties where the number of people with diabetes is higher, and access to information and resources is more challenging.

That’s why the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI) is excited to announce the launch of a new program, Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC).
Funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service, EDC’s goal is to provide much-needed diabetes self-management education (DSME) for up to 6,000 people with diabetes in southern West Virginia. The focus will be people with Medicare, their family members and caregivers, but anyone is welcome to participate.

As the project organizer, WVMI will base RN project coordinators and community health educators in several regions in Southern West Virginia. In mid-January, WVMI will begin offering DSME classes and later in the year, community volunteers will be recruited and trained to do the same. When the project concludes in July 2014, we hope to have helped build a self-sustaining program that will continue to provide DSME to those who need it.

To be successful, it’s imperative that we identify, support and coordinate with
existing efforts. We will also need the assistance of individuals and organizations interested in making a difference in diabetes care. This ranges from promoting classes to offering meeting space or volunteering to be a peer educator.

For more information about this project, contact Bethany Knowles at  304.346.9864 ext. 2256 or email bknowles@wvmi.org.