The South Texas Diabetes Initiative is a community-driven effort to improve patient health outcomes and lower costs for the entire health system through appropriate diabetes management in South Texas (Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr and Willacy counties). This network of healthcare professionals, business leaders, government officials and patients are dedicated to finding solutions to today’s complex diabetes problems in the South Texas community.
Why South Texas?
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We started from the ground up by talking with community members and healthcare leaders in South Texas to understand the barriers to appropriate diabetes care and management. In January 2012, more than 70 community leaders and representatives from local hospitals, patient advocacy groups, disease management organizations and businesses gathered together to review the state of diabetes in the region and develop a plan to improve diabetes care and management.
Based on these conversations, the South Texas Diabetes Initiative is working to develop a plan that will:
The U.S. spends approximately $245 billion annually on diabetes care with $176 billion in direct medical costs, and $69 billion in indirect costs due to disability, work loss and premature mortality.4