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How Employers Can Raise Diabetes Awareness

world diabetes awareness for employersThe most effective way to cut healthcare costs is to prevent health problems. If your employees don’t require expensive medical care, you don’t have to spend precious time researching and weighing your options. In order to help your employees maintain healthy lifestyles, you can start a corporate wellness program or hire a health coach. You can also raise awareness through basic education programs.

Diabetes education is a great place for employers to start. In 2014, 442 million people were diagnosed with diabetes, up from 108 million in 1980 according to the World Health Organization. Diabetes is also one of the mostly costly diseases. The American Diabetes Association estimated that the total costs of diagnosed diabetes rose from $174 billion in 2007 to $245 billion in 2012. What can employers do to raise awareness and support employees with diabetes?

1. Implement a Diabetes Education Program

You can help your employees prevent diabetes by establishing an education program to teach them the causes and symptoms of the disease. Despite how common diabetes is, misconceptions about how you get it and what it does still exist. By providing your employees with a basic understanding of the disease, you can raise awareness and show support for those who have been diagnosed with diabetes.

2. Offer Diabetes Screening

Employers can also offer diabetes screening tests for employees. When employees understand how the disease is detected, they will notice warning signs and symptoms earlier, which will improve their ability to treat the disease later.

3. Encourage Healthy Lifestyles

The most important outcome of your diabetes education program should be that your employees are motivated and able to adopt healthier lifestyles. If they know what causes the disease, they can take the appropriate steps to prevent diabetes. You can also offer wellness programs and hire health coaches to help your employees maintain healthy, preventative lifestyles.

Offering a diabetes education program will raise awareness for the disease and encourage your employees to be more aware of their health. Education programs play a major role in prevention. The more your employees know about health risks and benefits, the more motivated they will be to avoid expensive health issues such as diabetes in the future. Contact us to learn more.

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Population Health Management Strategies that Work

simple population health management strategies to tryMost organizations can benefit from implementing population health management strategies. Population health management focuses on preventative medicine and treatment for patients. The goal of population health is to address potential health problems before they become major financial burdens. Switching to a population health management infrastructure isn’t a simple process though. While it is cost-effective in the long run, it may seem intimidating at first. Here are a few ways to test a population health management strategy before making a final decision and a big transformation:

1. Diabetes Education

As one of the most expensive chronic diseases in the US, diabetes is often underdiagnosed. Frequently, problems caused by diabetes could be prevented. This is where population health comes in. Offering diabetes education is a simple way to implement a population health strategy. All you have to do is take a few extra minutes with diabetic patients and assess their literacy level when it comes to understanding their disease. The more informed they are about diabetes, the more likely they are to follow their treatment plans.

2. Mental Health Screenings

Incorporating screenings for mental health is another simple way to start introducing population health management into your organization. You can include questions about mental health during regular primary care visits. Noticing the symptoms and getting ahead of mental health issues will prevent problems from escalating and becoming more expensive in the future.

3. Patient Data

Collecting demographic data and taking patient lifestyles into consideration when providing treatment options is another small way to adopt population health management. When you look at where your patients live and work, you learn more about how their lifestyles impact their health. For example, understanding the communities your patients live in will give you insight into their poverty level, education level, and employment status, which can impact their wellness choices.

At the Catholic Benefits Trust, you can learn more about population health management and how we incorporate value-based care models into our strategy. As a CBT partner, you will have access to our healthcare resources as well as several other advantages including nurse advocates and a seat on our Board of Directors. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

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