Diabetes Complications Reduced Through Prevention and Community Collaboration—Be Well-Lake County, Lake County, IL

NorthShore University HealthSystem and the Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center in Lake County, Ill., recognized that many of the complications that local diabetes patients suffered could have been prevented.

The organizations joined forces to create “Be Well-Lake County,” a fully comprehensive diabetes management program that provides more than 1,000 medically underserved patients with disease management, subspecialty care, assistance with medication and testing supplies, on-site Hemoglobin A1C testing, an exercise training component and a community garden.

As a result of the program, overall diabetes complications were reduced; more than half of the participants lost weight while others saw decreased Hemoglobin A1C levels.