Power of 10: Give a Diabetes Coach

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Power of 10: Get 1, Give 10

One Drop has a charitable giving program. It’s called Power of 10. For every One Drop subscription sold in the U.S., One Drop donates 10 One Drop | Experts subscriptions to people with diabetes receiving care at safety-net clinics.

Why Power of 10?

Diabetes affects nearly 1 in 10 people in the U.S., but certain groups are at greater risk.1 People from racial/ethnic minority groups with low incomes and limited education are more likely to have type 2 diabetes.1,2 Over 15% of Native Americans/Alaska Natives, 13% of non-Hispanic blacks, and 12% of people of Hispanic ethnicity have diabetes.1 That’s 1.5-2 times more than non-Hispanic whites (7.4%).1

Once diagnosed with diabetes, certain groups are more likely to have suboptimal health outcomes. People from racial/ethnic minority groups and those with a lower socioeconomic position tend to have higher A1cs, more emergency room visits, hospitalizations, complications, and premature mortality.3

Why Safety-Net Clinics?

Safety-net clinics give care to people in medically-underserved areas that are underinsured.4 People with insurance can seek care at these clinics. Safety-net users with insurance are both more likely to have diabetes compared to non-safety-net users, and be a racial/ethnic minority or have a low income.5

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There are more than 4,100 diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) programs offered across the U.S.1 However, DSMES is limited in nonmetropolitan socially-disadvantaged counties. Counties with fewer insured people and people with less education have less access to a DSMES program.6

One Drop | Experts, a personal diabetes coach in your pocket, is accessible to anyone with a smartphone. Experts is the first and only digitally-delivered DSMES program accredited by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Education and coaching occur entirely through the One Drop | Mobile app’s in-app chat. “Expert” coaches are real, Certified Diabetes Educators that educate, answer questions, help with problem-solving, and provide ongoing support and self-care accountability to people with diabetes. One Drop | Experts respond anytime, anywhere and without prescriptions, hassles, or appointments.

DSMES & Experts Improve Outcomes

DSMES lowers A1c. A1c improves by -0.88%.7 With One Drop | Experts, A1c goes down by -1.3%.8

Accessible, effective, and affordable, DSMES is a rising tide that lifts all boats. It may also reduce well-known disparities in diabetes.

This is Where You Come In.

We’re looking for safety-net clinics to partner with. We want to connect with medical directors, doctors, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals that believe in the power of digital therapeutics — not only to help their clinic population, but to drastically and dramatically improve the health of ALL people with diabetes. If that’s you, we want to hear from you!

We have thousands of ADA-accredited One Drop | Experts subscriptions to donate to your patients. Who wants one?

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References

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes Report Card 2017. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2018.

2. Beckles GL, Chou C. Disparities in the prevalence of diagnosed diabetes — United States, 1999–2002 and 2011–2014. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016; 65(45): 1265–1269.

3. Chow EA, Foster H, Gonzalez V, McIver L. The disparate impact of diabetes on racial/ethnic minority populations. Clin Diabetes. 2012; 30(3): 130-133.

4. Darnell JS. Free Clinics in the United States: A Nationwide Survey. Arch Intern Med. 2010; 170(11): 946–953.

5. Nguyen OK, Makam AN, Halm EA. National use of safety-net clinics for primary care among adults with non-Medicaid insurance in the United States. Gorlova OY, ed. PLoS ONE. 2016; 11(3): e0151610.

6. Rutledge SA, Masalovich S, Blacher RJ, Saunders MM. Diabetes self-management education programs in nonmetropolitan counties — United States, 2016. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2017; 66(10): 1–6.

7. Chrvala CA, Sherr D, Lipman RD. Diabetes self-management education for adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus: A systematic review of the effect on glycemic control. Patient Educ Couns. 2016; 99(6): 926 – 943.

8. Kumar S, Moseson H, Uppal J, Juusola JL. A diabetes mobile app with in-app coaching from a Certified Diabetes Educator reduces A1c for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Educ. 2018; 44(3): 226-236.

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Chandra Y. Osborn PhD MPH
Chandra Y. Osborn PhD MPH

Dr. Osborn reversed PCOS and pre-diabetes in her 20s. She's also half Samoan. As a member of a medically-underserved, high-risk population with diabetes, Dr. Osborn is passionate about improving the health of low-income racial/ethnic minorities with diabetes. She's published nearly 50 scientific papers, commentaries, and editorials on factors contributing to health disparities. She's also designed and tested solutions to reduce disparities. Dr. Osborn's disparities work has been funded by the McKesson Foundation, NIH, and institutional grants at multiple universities. Now, she brings these skills to One Drop.