“Illness doesn’t affect just one person — it affects the whole family and ultimately the community,” said Marie Frazzitta, DNP, director of diabetes education for the health system. “That’s why it’s important to incorporate everyone in the conversation.” It’s one of the reasons the health system is taking diabetes education to the people. Workshops (such as the one pictured here) offered at health system facilities, urgent care centers and some physician practices are geared toward individuals with diabetes and family members who wish to help their loved ones cope with the disease. They focus on healthy eating, physical activity, medications, glucose monitoring and living with the illness.
“Informative education sessions improve quality of care and ultimately help to drive down health care costs as people become better educated and more aware of steps they need to take in order to take care of themselves,” Ms. Frazzitta said. “It helps reduce trips to the emergency room and risk of hospitalization.”