Web Forum

Together on Diabetes: Collaborating with Community Health Workers to Alleviate the Nation’s Diabetes Burden
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific

November is American Diabetes Month. The prevalence of diabetes is staggering, with over 26 million Americans living with diabetes and another 79 million at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. If current trends continue, one in three US adults will have diabetes by 2050*. The cost of diabetes is high, with one in five US health care dollars spent caring for people with diabetes. People with diabetes and pre-diabetics are benefiting from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), through preventive services and expanded insurance coverage among other benefits. Healthcare providers and community-based organizations must scale up services and prevention programs to meet these growing demands. Historically, community health workers (CHWs) have been an integral part of community-based health teams providing support for patients living with a variety of chronic diseases and conditions. There are evidence-based practices related to roles for CHWs in HIV/AIDS, cancer, and mental health patient care.

This Web Forum will focus on the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s (BMSF) Together on Diabetes™ (TOD) Initiative. Highlights will include select TOD grantee projects collaborating with CHWs to ease the burden of diabetes at the clinical and community level and three models demonstrating the value of community-based health workers in diabetes management and care programs. We will discuss strategies for community engagement, funding and training of CHWs, and how CHWs and peer support services may positively impact the nation’s health. Please join us for this exciting Web Forum!

*Boyle, Thompson, Gregg, Barker, Williamson. Population Health Metrics 2010: 8:29 (22 October 2010)






    Patricia Mae Doykos, PhD
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation
    Princeton, NJ

    Patricia Mae Doykos, PhDPatricia Mae Doykos is Director of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. Dr. Doykos works on health strategy for the Foundation and leads the flagship philanthropic program, Together on Diabetes®: Communities Uniting to Meet America’s Diabetes Challenge which was launched in November 2010 to improve health outcomes of adults in the U.S. living with type 2 diabetes by strengthening patient self-management education, community-based supportive services and broad-based community mobilization. Dr. Doykos joined the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation in 2002 and has also developed and led U.S. and international grant making and partnership programs for women’s health, global HIV/AIDS, cancer, and serious mental illness. (www.bms.com/foundation/pages/home.aspx)

    Allison Barlow, PhD, MA, MPH
    Associate Director
    Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health
    Baltimore, MD

    Allison Barlow, PhD, MA, MPHAllison Barlow joined the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in 1991. She is currently Associate Director and Director of Behavioral Health for the Center. Her research and program development work focuses on family-based approaches to child and adolescent health and well-being for reservation-based American Indian tribes with geographic concentration in the southwestern U.S. Projects to date have included suicide, non-suicidal self-injury and depression prevention work; alcohol and drug abuse prevention; teen parenting outreach and early child development; and school age youth development—focused on fitness, nutrition, healthy lifestyles, cultural preservation and civic leadership. She is also co-founder of the NativeVision lifeskills youth development program, a collaboration between Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and the National Football League Players Association. (www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/center-for-american-indian-health)

    Stacie Tsingine
    Stacie Tsingine
    Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health




    Owen Laluk
    Owen Laluk
    Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health




    Lesley D. Lutes, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Director of Clinical Training
    Department of Psychology
    East Carolina University
    Greenville, NC

    Lesley Lutes, PhDDr. Lesley Lutes is an associate professor and director of clinical training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology at East Carolina University. Dr. Lutes is a licensed clinical psychologist, and health services provider, who specializes in developing innovative treatments for treatment of obesity and diabetes, particularly in underserved populations. Dr. Lutes has over 25 peer-reviewed publications and over three million dollars in grant funding examining a new approach to weight management called small changes. Dr. Lutes has received national awards for her innovative treatment approach and her research has been featured in the popular media including magazines such as Prevention, Health, Women’s World and on websites such as Livestrong. She is particularly committed and passionate about working with patients that typically do not have access to evidence-based treatments but whom could benefit the most. (www.ecu.edu/psy)

    Peggy Gatlin
    Peggy Gatlin
    East Carolina University

    Juana Ballesteros, BSN, RN, MPH
    Peers for Progress Project Manager
    Alivio Medical Center
    Chicago, IL

    Juana Ballesteros, BSN, RN, MPHJuana has spent most of her career working in Chicago’s Latino communities addressing health disparities such as HIV/AIDS, prenatal and postnatal health, mental health, obesity, diabetes, and asthma. She currently works for Alivio Medical Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center where she coordinates the Peers for Progress project “My Health Comes First/Mi Salud es Primero. Mi Salud es Primero is a multi-year demonstration project that includes a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, medical assistants, dieticians, diabetes educators and includes the integration of community health workers into this team. Community health workers are at the core of the project and offer direct diabetes education and peer support to patients. The aim of the project is to improve clinical indicators, diabetes management behaviors and quality of life for Alivio’s over 4000 diabetic patients. (www.aliviomedicalcenter.org)

    Lizette Martinez
    Community Health Worker
    Diabetes Educator
    Alivio Medical Center
    Chicago, IL

    Lizette MartinezFor as long as Lizette Martinez can remember, she has always felt a calling to a life of service. She was born and raised in Chicago’s predominately Latino communities. Considering herself a Chicana, Lizette wholeheartedly embraces her Latino roots, culture and heritage. As a result, she feels a strong commitment to help her family and community by reversing those health disparities that disproportionately impact Latinos. Recognizing at a young age the importance of meeting basic needs as a precursor to reversing disparities, this was the impetus to her becoming a Community Health Worker. For the last eleven years, she has participated in outreach activities in various Chicago Latino communities that have included community health fairs and soccer leagues where she has offered diabetes screenings, diabetes prevention education and cervical cancer prevention education. She has also provided support to cancer patients at Mt. Sinai Hospital, an urban teaching hospital serving a large proportion of poor, uninsured and underinsured patients. In 2003, Lizette had the opportunity to work with Community Health Workers in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, reaching out to indigenous villages and providing health information and resources specific to prenatal and postnatal health, nutrition and nutritional supplements and environmental health. Lizette plans to further her studies thus allowing her to make a bigger impact in the health and wellness of her community. (www.aliviomedicalcenter.org)


    An Nguyen, MHA
    Program Manager
    National Network of Public Health Institutes
    New Orleans, LA

    An Nguyen, MHAAn Nguyen, MHA is a Program Manager at the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), where she leads the workforce and leadership development projects and initiatives and manages NNPHI’s health disparities programming. NNPHI programs and projects that Ms. Nguyen manages include the Public Health Leadership Society (PHLS), Toolkit for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE), Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Together on Diabetes initiative, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation project on public health nursing, and various CDC workforce development project. Ms. Nguyen holds an MHA from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana and a BS in biology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. (www.nnphi.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Barlow/Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

Lutes/East Carolina University


The following documents provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

About Together on Diabetes
Together on Diabetes™ is the flagship philanthropic program of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. It was launched in November 2010 with the goal to improve health outcomes of people living with type 2 diabetes in the United States, China and India by strengthening patient self-management education, community-based supportive services and broad-based community mobilization. Consistent with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s mission to promote health equity and improve health outcomes, this initiative targets adult populations disproportionately affected by type 2 diabetes.


Addressing Chronic Disease through Community Health Workers: A Policy and Systems-Level Approach, A Policy Brief on Community Health Workers by National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.), Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, 2011


The organizations listed below have come together to sponsor this important effort:


Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

National Network of Public Health Institutes

Together on Diabetes™