Friday, December 27, 2013

In the last year, CVIM has seen almost 3,000 patients over the course of more than 28,000 patient visits.  Both of those numbers continue to grow as we prepare for 2014.  Due to a lack of access to adequate healthcare, 51% of CVIM’s patients currently suffer from chronic illnesses with a vast majority having diabetes and its associated health problems.  Through interdepartmental cooperation and planning, CVIM expanded the Chronic Disease Management program with special emphasis on diabetes.

The diabetic care program is focused on two tracks of care – primary care and intensive care.  Some of the characteristics of each track include:

Primary Care Track Intensive Care Track
  • Patients with HbA1c of 6.5 or higher
  • Routine diabetic visits every 3 months
  • Nurse managers who call patients between visits
  • Work in group sessions with promotoras, or community health workers
  • Patients with HbA1c of 8.5 or higher
  • Frequent intensive medical visits with endocrinologist, diabetes educator, and group visits
  • Nurse managers who call patients between visits
  • Meet with a diabetic educator for one-on-one sessions

The program has so far proven to be popular with patients as the primary track is filling quickly and the intensive track is completely full.  While diabetic patients face many challenges this program is helping them to learn how to live a full life while managing a chronic disease.  Community Volunteers in Medicine is thrilled to be able to offer this service to our patients.