Outside the exam room: Policies for connecting clinic to community in diabetes prevention and treatment

Jason Q. Purnell, Cynthia Herrick, Sarah Moreland-Russell, Amy A. Eyler

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Abstract

The public health burden and racial/ethnic, sex, and socioeconomic disparities in obesity and in diabetes require a population-level approach that goes beyond provision of high-quality clinical care. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Commission to Build a Healthier America recommended 3 strategies for improving the nation's health: 1) invest in the foundations of lifelong physical and mental well-being in our youngest children; 2) create communities that foster health-promoting behaviors; and 3) broaden health care to promote health outside the medical system. We present an overview of evidence supporting these approaches in the context of diabetes and suggest policies to increase investments in 1) adequate nutrition through breastfeeding and other supports in early childhood, 2) community and economic development that includes health-promoting features of the physical, food, and social environments, and 3) evidence-based interventions that reach beyond the clinical setting to enlist community members in diabetes prevention and management.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberE63
JournalPreventing chronic disease
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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