Jun 21, 2020
Dr. Tara Burnett-Lewis discusses how shared medical
appointments (SMAs) helped diabetes patients at the Johnston County
Public Health Department in North Carolina, lower their A1C scores
by 10%. Johnston County has a very rural population so SMAs give
patients a sense of community and help them realize they are not
alone. Tara shares how peer support helps build the patients’
confidence in their ability to manage their health and maintain
active and fulfilling lives.
In addition, Tara talks about the value of SMAs and
lays out the steps you can take to create your own SMA
Today’s Bright Spots in Health Podcast episode is
sponsored by Revel Health, which is innovating how healthcare
organizations think about pop health and consumer engagement. In
brief, Revel Health focuses on understanding people. They know the
populations you struggle with like Medicaid or Medicare Advantage,
are NOT about population health — it’s about the individual. And
this is the most important point I want to make, they approach
healthcare differently, by understanding the values and belief
systems of the individual, so they can create a personalized plan
to drive positive behavioral change. It's really a very fresh
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If you have ever talked to the most sophisticated agencies on
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you know like Coke, Amazon, Marriott, Apple, you name it … they
take a much more sophisticated approach than we do in health care,
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the highest risk of costing the most money. Until now.
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