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Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e318202bc0b
Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH): Translating Processes of Change and Attributing Improved Health Outcomes to Social Determinants of Health Programs: Original Article

Efforts to Decrease Diabetes-Related Amputations in African Americans by the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Charleston and Georgetown Diabetes Coalition

Jenkins, Carolyn DrPH, APRN-BC-ADM, RD, LD, FAAN; Myers, Patsy DrPH, MS; Heidari, Khosrow MA, MS; Kelechi, Teresa J. PhD, GCNS-BC, CWCN; Buckner-Brown, Joyce PhD, MHS, RRT

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Abstract

Diabetes is the leading cause of amputation of the lower limbs. Yet, half of these amputations might be prevented through simple but effective foot care practices. This article describes the progress made in the reduction of lower extremity amputations in people with diabetes by the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Charleston and Georgetown Diabetes Coalition. The coalition's community action plan and interventions were based on an expanded Chronic Care Model that spawned changes in policies, health and education systems, and other community systems for people with diabetes and their support systems.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

 

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