In collaboration with Eli Lilly and Company, the Fairbanks School of Public Health has launched a new neighborhood-based pilot in three Indianapolis neighborhoods to address the high incidence of diabetes. The $7 million, five-year program will focus on three Indianapolis neighborhoods with significant health disparities and high rates of diabetes – the Northeast, Northwest and Near West neighborhoods – and is being led by Dr. Lisa Staten.
The long-term goal of this project is to reduce diabetes-related complications and to ultimately reduce the rate of diabetes in three Indianapolis neighborhoods. The three communities were selected based on high prevalence of diabetes, demographic factors and highly engaged community members and organizations.
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Voice-over: Where you live should not determine how long you live.
Lisa Staten (LS):Project Lead + Associate Professor, IU Fairbanks School of Public Health: The difference between babies born up in the Carmel area versus Southern Indy is about 14 years, and that, in life expectancy terms, is just huge.
Dawn Haut, M.D. (DH): Primary Care Physician + CEO, Eskenazi Health Center: It’s very sobering the difference in those statistics. We have to be willing to talk about these things and understand what really is behind health, what makes a community healthy.
LS: Diabetes can drive down your whole life expectancy, and that’s a measure of how healthy your area is.
Vanessa Summers (VS): Indiana State Representative: I know that diabetes has our community by the neck right now.
Patrice Duckett (PD): Community Organizer, Neighbors Helping Neighbors: In order for me to be successful, in order for my children to have a future, I have to do something. And I just can’t sit and wait for somebody else to do it.
Screen Title: Diabetes Impact Project
DH: For the organizers of this project, they have engaged the community from the first moment. They went in and just said, we want to listen, what is it that you need.
PD: We need healthier food opportunities and access. Not just where we can drive to or go to a mile or two away, but really accessible right there where we’re at. Making sure that they are getting high quality education, high quality health care, high quality food. Not just because in some areas we have low income, but because we deserve it as residents and as humans.
Young woman: how much you enjoy the class, how good of a movie it will be, or even the likelihood that you’ll have a good time.
Tedd Grain (TG): Deputy Director, LISC Indianapolis: What’s great about this project is that it connects the dots between community development, which works on the social determinants of health – in other words, housing, education, public safety – through the health care industry, more specifically the health of individuals.
DH: This project will solidify community health workers as part of the medical team, so that we’re not just these four walls, but that we’re really seen in the community as an asset, and that we’re contributing to their team.
PD: I think it’s phenomenal because, one, you’re able to reach those working families that have worked 10 to 12 hours and cannot make it to the clinic.
VS: I think that’s what a community worker is supposed to be. You know, they are in their community, they are working for the people in their community and they know their community. I’m hopeful that we see a downward spiral in the instances of Type 2 diabetes. And that we know that people are getting educated on how to eat, what to eat, when to eat, where to eat.
DH: If we could get the medical professionals to think about why building a new sidewalk has any impact on their patients with diabetes, then we’re making progress.
LS: That’s my ultimate dream, is that we have managed to think about, all along the way, sustainability.
PD: And so with the passion and the love that I have, hopefully every hour that I spend, every minute that I spend is going to make a better future for my kids.
Screen Title: Where you live shouldn’t determine how long you live. Diabetes Impact Project With support from: Lilly, IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI And. Eskenazi Health, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Marion County Public Health Department