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Meet Our Health Quality Innovators of the Year: Population Health

October 20, 2017

On Monday,  we announced the recipients of our inaugural Health Quality Innovators of the Year Awards. Today, we are focusing on Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia and Project Living Well, a joint initiative led by the MAC, Inc. Living Well Center of Excellence (LWCE) and Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC).

Maryland: Project Living Well

Since 2015, MAC, Inc. LWCE and PRMC have co-led Project Living Well, an initiative focused on expanding access to evidence-based self-management programs on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Trained lay leaders deliver Stanford University Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management programs (CDSME) in communities affected by higher rates of chronic disease and health care disparities. Program participants learn more about their medical conditions, how they can eat better and stay active, manage stress, set personal goals and communicate effectively with their health care providers.

Over the last two years, nearly 700 patients have participated in the program, which targets seniors and minority populations including African-Americans, Hispanics and those living in rural areas. Beyond the CDSME programs, Project Living Well provides wrap-around services that address social determinants of health needs to significantly improve the quality of life and care of older adults. Home and community-based services that are person-centered are critical to maintaining individuals’ health and independence.

Virginia: Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (SSSEVA)

For more than 45 years, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (SSSEVA) has supported seniors in the Hampton Roads region by offering access to programs that allow them to live with “choice and dignity in their communities.” One of their most successful initiatives is the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), which equips people with diabetes and other chronic conditions to better manage their condition.

SSSEVA works with community partners to host and promote CDSMP classes in locations that area easily accessible to patients and caregivers. After completing the classes, participants understand how to manage their chronic conditions through diet, exercise, medication and improved communication with their medical team. The program not only empowers patients, but is reducing health care spending through fewer hospitalizations and visits to the emergency department.

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