Heritage College Wins $600,000 For Diabetes Program

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The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine was awarded $600,000 by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a program to improve health and lower health costs for patients with Type 2 diabetes in Southeastern Ohio.

According to Jane Hamel-Lambert, Ph.D., M.B.A., principal investigator on the grant and an associate professor in the Heritage College Department of Family Medicine, the rate of diabetes in Southeastern Ohio is 30 to 40 percent higher than the national average, according to a release by the school.

“Our goal is to expand the types of professionals able to help people living with Type 2 diabetes and to improve care by bringing medical providers, nurse navigators, legal assistance and consumers together in a way that improves access to community-based resources and gives existing interventions the best chance at success,” Hamel-Lambert said.

According to the Athens Messenger, funding from the three-year HRSA grant will support the expansion of two programs: the Medical Legal Partnership Program (MLP) and the Diabetes Patient Navigator Program.

The HRSA grant will also fund the creation of a consumer group to help inform and guide diabetes research.