Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Morehouse School of Medicine Partner to
Spread Lessons from Together on Diabetes™ Initiative
$2.1M grant to the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse will share
best practices and promote replication of successful programs
PRINCETON, N.J. -- April 10, 2013
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)
today jointly announced the creation of the Morehouse School of
Medicine/Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Partnership for Equity in Diabetes.
The partnership will be based at MSM’s National Center for Primary Care (NCPC)
The partnership, which is funded through a five-year, $2.1 million grant from
the Foundation, will share successful models and best practices emerging from
the Foundation’s Together on Diabetes initiative and other demonstration
projects with the broader U.S. diabetes, community health, public health and
primary care practice communities. To date, Together on Diabetes has provided
$44.4 million in funding to grantees that are developing, implementing and
evaluating community-based care and support projects in and with more than 55
heavily affected communities across the U.S.
“Given the devastating impact of diabetes on minorities, the elderly and the
poor, there is great urgency to both figure out what works and to share and
scale those solutions,” said John L. Damonti, president, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Foundation. “We are fortunate to partner in this work with Morehouse School of
Medicine, which is a constant and transformative force in creating health
equity in the United States.”
“Through this grant and the formation of the Partnership for Equity in
Diabetes, we have a strategic opportunity to celebrate what is really working
in diverse communities across the country, to share their lessons learned and
to engage new communities in working together to achieve more optimal diabetes
health outcomes for all,” said George Rust, Professor of Family Medicine and
Director, NCPC, Morehouse School of Medicine.
Announcement of the partnership comes during National Minority Health Month,
which is a call to action and unity in the effort to reduce health
disparities. Type 2 diabetes is a serious public health problem in the U.S.
that places a disproportionately higher disease burden on minority
populations. Approximately 18.7 percent of African Americans and 11.8 percent
of Hispanic/Latino Americans over age 20 live with the disease compared with
8.3 percent of the total U.S. population. Compounding these statistics,
minority populations also face disparities in access to services and supports
needed for successful and sustained control of their diabetes.
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation launched Together on Diabetes in the
United States in November 2010. The five-year, $100 million U.S. arm of the
initiative targets adult populations disproportionately affected by type 2
diabetes and focuses on improving their health outcomes by strengthening
patient self-management education, cultivating community-based supportive
services and promoting broad-based community mobilization.
NCPC is the only congressionally sanctioned academic research, training and
resource center focused on promoting excellence in community-oriented primary
care and optimal health outcomes for all Americans, with a special focus on
serving underserved communities.
Through this partnership, NCPC will capture, spread and replicate successes
drawn from Together on Diabetes grantees and other demonstration and quality
improvement projects through three core activities:
*An online learn-share-connect portal and resource center for training and
*Identification and mobilization of five implementation experts from the
base of grantees who will help other communities apply the lessons
*Starting in late 2014, recruitment and engagement of 10 to 12 community
coalitions to comprehensively implement successful models of clinic and
community care and support, track diabetes clinical and self-management
outcomes and participate in a national learning collaborative.
You can learn more about Together on Diabetes at www.TogetherOnDiabetes.com.
To view an interactive map showing the location and project details of the
Together on Diabetes project sites in the U.S., go to
About the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
The mission of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation is to promote health equity
and improve the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by
serious diseases and conditions, by strengthening community-based health care
worker capacity, integrating medical care and community-based supportive
services, and mobilizing communities in the fight against disease.
About Morehouse School of Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine, located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975
as a two-year Medical Education Program at Morehouse College with clinical
training affiliations with several established medical schools for awarding
the M.D. degree. In 1981, MSM became an independently chartered institution
and the first medical school established at a Historically Black College and
University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of
primary care physicians and was recently recognized as the top institution
among U.S. medical schools for our social mission. Our faculty and alumni are
noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy,
and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient
Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and
master’s degrees. To learn more, please visit msm.edu.
Frederick Egenolf, 609-252-4875
Morehouse School of Medicine
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