Interprofessional Primary Care Practices Addressing Diabetes Prevention and Management

By Lesley Beagrie.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Imagine a partnership of university and community which addresses the needs of the community to keep its citizens healthy as long as possible.Through a planning exercise to address the community’s needs in primary health care and health promotion, the university has developed key strategic directions to help support the needs of the community it serves. This inter-professional education initiative serves to change health care delivery through the education of primary care and generalist nurses and nurse practitioners who, by working in teams with the community will actively improve health and health outcomes. With specific interest in the explosion of diabetes within the surrounding community, teams of students and faculty will be working to improve high risk groups for diabetes by involvement in health education, physical fitness and coaching activities.Through positioning of inter-professional teams in our community engagement center we are addressing this key health issue.This center is located in a high poverty and immigrant area, with a predisposition for diabetes. Academic and community partnership is addressing this epidemic and is highlighted in this presentation.

Keywords: Primary Health Care, Community Engagement, Diabetes Management and Prevention

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.220MB).

Dr. Lesley Beagrie

Associate Dean, Faculty of Health, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Beagrie’s professional career has been predominantly in academic nursing education, having developed and delivered B.Sc.N. education in four Ontario universities. She has expertise in curriculum development and academic administration through the initiation of a variety of curricular models. Her clinical and research interests are in women’s health with specific focus on quality of life for women with endometriosis. She joined York University in 2004 as the Director of the School of Nursing, and now holds the position of Associate Dean for Professioanl & Global Program for the Faculty of Health. Since joining York University, she has been involved in many programmatic innovations and curriculum renewal and evaluation. The Faculty has over 9000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs in nursing, kinesiology, psychology and health management.The Faculty’s vision is “Keeping more people, healthier longer” accomplished by promting community engagement in the development of interprofessional health promotion and wellness programs. Dr. Beagrie has been involved in nursing associations at the provincial and national levels, including Board member, Nursing Research for RNAO and is Past President of the Canadian Association of Nursing Research and committees with CNA and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.