Partners in Care Foundation has received two years of grant funding from Medtronic Foundation, one of the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies, to help support the expansion of the Diabetes Self-Management Training Program (DSMT) for people with type-2 diabetes.
More than half a million people in Los Angeles County have type-2 diabetes, according to recent figures from the California Department of Public Health. The DSMT program, which utilizes the Stanford University diabetes curriculum, is a collaborative process through which participants are supported by a multi-disciplinary team to set health goals and create a personalized care plan that will help them better manage their condition. Content of the program is specifically tailored to match each individual’s needs, and is adapted based on age, cultural background, health literacy and other factors.
Commenting on the grant award, Karol Matson, a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator, who leads the development of the program at Partners said, “We are immensely grateful to Medtronic Foundation for this grant funding, which will enable us to extend access to DSMT to low-income, at risk populations, through partnerships with healthcare providers and community-based organizations throughout LA County, and in particular the San Fernando Valley. DSMT is a Medicare covered benefit, and an effective way to help people reduce the impact that diabetes has on their health and well-being.”