Joslin Recognized for Work Addressing Disparities in Diabetes
Medha Munshi, M.D.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
The Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) and Geriatric Clinic each received a “Promising Practice Award of Excellence” at the American Diabetes Association’s annual Disparities Partnership Forum. William Hsu, M.D., of the AADI and Medha Munshi, M.D., of the Geriatric Diabetes Clinic gave two of the six oral presentations at the forum, held last month in Alexandria, Virginia.
The Geriatric Diabetes Clinic is focused on providing comprehensive care for the vulnerable population over the age of 70 years with diabetes. “Our practice is uniquely tailored to care for this population at highest risk,” said Dr. Munshi. The program includes periodic screening for co-morbidities and social support, assessment of medications and adherence at each visit, individualized focused education based on barriers and knowledge gaps at each visit, use of continuous glucose monitoring for pattern management and hypoglycemia avoidance and remote management with telephone follow-up.
Dr. Hsu spoke about a project in which AADI partnered with the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston to promote diabetes education. “As a major cultural gateway for first-generation Asian families in the United States, Asian language schools present a unique opportunity for promoting diabetes health literacy and coalition building,” noted Dr. Hsu and co-author Tracy Iftikar, M.A., AADI community relations officer. The project included two visits, with bilingual sessions and material, and surveys showed that attendees gained practical knowledge about diabetes health management.
William Hsu, M.D.
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