A catalyst for improving diabetes outcomes in Georgia

UnitedHealthcare CatalystTM aims to improve health outcomes for individuals with diabetes in Southwest Georgia. The multiyear collaboration with Albany Area Primary Health Care and Feeding the Valley Food Bank is working to improve knowledge of diabetes self-management for Albany residents, where diabetes is 5% higher than the statewide average.

Leveraging data and relationships for progress

Beginning in July, patients at Albany Area Primary Health Care who identify as having uncontrolled diabetes will be eligible to participate in the UnitedHealthcare Catalyst program. By blending clinical data with firsthand information from community members to identify health challenges, the program formally brings together local partners to develop a collaborative community plan to address needs and track progress and outcomes.

Individuals will have access to medication management programming, personalized nutrition education from a dietician, and medically tailored food boxes provided by Feeding the Valley Food Bank.

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 1.1 million members enrolled in employer-sponsored, individual, and Medicare and Dual Special Needs Plans in Georgia, with a network of 154 hospitals and over 42,000 physicians and other care providers statewide.

Providing nutritious food to reduce diabetes cases

This collaboration with Albany Area Primary Health Care and Feeding the Valley Food Bank will help individuals control their diabetes, leading to improved health.

In Dougherty County, diabetes has a prevalence of 16%, which is 5% higher than the statewide average. While diabetes is a chronic condition, proper nutrition and management can help with disease progression, unnecessary medical visits and better quality of life.

Food insecurity rates in this region are among the highest in the state and lead to health issues for many of those in our community. Nutrition can have a genuinely positive impact for program participants.

Establishing a nationwide initiative to serve members

UnitedHealthcare Catalyst has created community-based partnerships in 28 states across the country. This program combines UnitedHealthcare’s analytic insights with community input and experience. Together, the partners identify health challenges to address and create coordinated, community-based solutions. The goal is to build on a community’s existing work and resources to make the most impact over time.

This vital partnership with UnitedHealthcare and Feeding the Valley Food Bank aligns with our organization’s quality improvement initiatives and our focus on reducing community-based diabetes cases. We are working together to impact the lives of people with diabetes, helping them meet their overall health goals while promoting positive change in their lives. 

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