Defy Diabetes! was a two-year grant to Seton Health, Troy, New York, from the New York State Health Foundation to impact diabetes in the state. Development of a program using the Chronic Care Model to teach Health Living classes in faith communities and monitor diabetes management in primary care offices yielded positive outcomes. This article reports on Healthy Living class outcomes for individuals at risk for or with diabetes and partnership between the Certified Diabetes Educators and faith community nurses.
Using the Chronic Care Model, Defy Diabetes! demonstrates unique partnerships for impacting community health.
Sandra Austin, EdD, MSW, is an Associate Professor at Morgan State University School of Social Work, Jenkins Behavioral Sciences Center, Baltimore, Maryland
Nancy Brennan-Jordan, CFNP, RN, CDE, is with St. Peters Hospital, Albany, New York.
Debra Frenn, DNS, RN, FACHE, is Chief Nursing Officer at the St. Nicholas Hospital, Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Glenda Kelman, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, is Chair at the Department of Nursing, The Sage Colleges, Troy, New York.
Angela Sheehan, MS, RN, is Faith Community Nurse Coordinator, Seton Health/St. Mary Hospital, Troy, New York.
Dolores Scotti, MS, RN-BC, resides in Troy, New York.
Accepted by peer review 7/1/2013.
Nancy Brennan-Jordan was the grant manager from 2007 to 2010. Sandra Austin and Glenda Kelman were hired as statistical and research consultants funded by the grant from 2007 to 2010. The remaining authors were not subsidized in any way by the grant.