Patients often struggle with diabetes, despite the best efforts of our health system, due to deeper issues underlying their struggle such as health literacy, limiting beliefs, social needs, etc. Peer mentors, who share a similar lived experience and cultural background as these patients, are an effective approach to activate and help.
We engage each patient with poorly-controlled diabetes and carefully match them with a peer mentor based on shared experiences, language, availability, culture, and background.
The mentor remotely delivers the program 1-1 via phone and smartphone, and involves key Experts like dietitians, pharmacists, housing navigators, as needed.
Due to success of this evidence-based diabetes program, InquisitHealth is recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as an official provider of Diabetes Self-Management Support (DSMS).
Patients living in remote areas, with a disability or without access to the internet often do not participate in in-person or web-based Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP). Unfortunately, those same patients are the ones disproportionately likely to develop diabetes. Our 1-on-1, telephone-first DPP program aims to reach and help those patients.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) is an evidence-based program to promote a lifestyle-based approach to reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
Paula Trief, PhD and Dr. Ruth Weinstein, MD PhD at SUNY Upstate Medical University validated the success of a telephonic model of DPP.
With funding from the NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMDH), InquisitHealth collaborated with Drs. Trief and Weinstein to create a landline-compatible DPP program designed to reach every patient with prediabetes.
Our model also focuses on addressing barriers related to the social determinants of health (SDoH), such as food insecurity and health literacy while activating healthy lifestyle changes related to healthy eating and increased physical activity.
Our Diabetes Prevention program has received ‘Full Recognition’ from the CDC — the highest level of recognition awarded by the CDC for Diabetes Prevention Programs.
“InquisitHealth’s telephonic DPP has great retention and engagement. I believe this is primarily due to the peer-based approach. When participants are matched with mentors who share similar experiences and backgrounds, they build a strong relationship, and they want to continue engaging in the program. The outcomes then speak for themselves.”
25 million people in the United States, including 6 million children, live with asthma. In 2016, 1.8 million people visisted an asthma-related ED visit and almost 200,000 were hospitalized because of asthma. Preventing asthma exacerbations requires education, coaching, self-management, and addressing barriers related to the social determinants of health.
Our pediatric asthma program pairs the parents of children with poorly-controlled asthma with certified asthma educators (AE-C) who are also parents of children with athma.
These Parent Mentors work 1-on-1 with parents to help identify and address the underlying social- and behavioral- determinants of health, provide coaching and connect parents with available resources to help better manage their child’s asthma.
In the United States, more than 100 million people, or nearly 50% of Americans, have hypertension. High blood pressure and its complications cost our nation $46+ billion each year. The challenge of managing hypertension is complex — involves behavioral modifications (medication adherence, diet modifications, regular BP monitoring etc), as well as addressing any underlying social needs (housing instability food insecurity, etc).
Our mentoring program helps participants take control of their hypertension.
Each person receives 1-on-1 phone calls with their mentor; access to a secure smartphone app where they can view educational content, message their mentor, and track their goals; and a cellular blood pressure cuff that is integrated into InquisitHealth’s HIPAA compliant platform for real-time feedback and personalized support. Each member also receives written, culturally-tailored feedback from a dietitian.
Participants are matched with mentors based on factors such as shared availability, language, ethnicity, geography, and lived experiences.