Ensuring Equitable Care in Diabetes Management Among Patients of Health Resources & Services Administration–Funded Health Centers in the United States
What does this study add? HRSA-funded researchers found that health centers provide equitable diabetes care, including HbA1c testing and eye exams, and advance racial/ethnic parity in diabetes-specific outcomes. Researchers also identified opportunities to further advance health equity by improving foot exams, individual treatment plans, and cholesterol checks for racial and ethnic minority patients.
What are the implications for the Health Center Program? Findings suggest that health centers are uniquely positioned to advance equity in access and quality in care. This study highlights opportunities for health centers to scale more tailored diabetes care management approaches that are culturally competent and facilitate equitable access to diabetes management services such as individual treatment plans and cholesterol checks.