Programs & Services

Diabetes - Special Focus: The RQHR Regional Diabetes Initiative

Our Vision

Diabetes prevention and management in the RQHR is planned, delivered and evaluated within the context of the Prevention and Management Model for Chronic Disease (Expanded Chronic Care Model) and is informed by the Provincial Diabetes Plan and the RQHR vision, mission and strategic themes.

Statement A
The RQHR brings together a broad-based community support network to address the determinants of health. There is robust multi-sectoral collaboration and cooperation around health promotion, diabetes prevention, and diabetes management strategies. Programs are informed and driven with input from a grass roots level.

Statement B
The benefits and importance of prevention of chronic disease is recognized and embraced. Healthy lifestyle practices are the established norm and are supported by the community, public policy, and school and workplace initiatives. Individuals have the opportunity to access a variety of affordable healthy foods that are supported by the community healthy food policies. Individuals have the opportunity to participate in a safe community that values physical activity as a means of preventing diabetes and its complications.

People are empowered and supported to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles and have the necessary resources and supports to be proactive and self-determining and take responsibility for their health and well being.

Statement C
Health systems delivery and design ensures people have ease of access to a comprehensive range of services in/from their own community, so that they can manage their own personal health, with the goal to have early detection of diabetes and prevention of complications. Services are affordable, culturally appropriate, coordinated, timely and ongoing.

A community health system exists which is holistic and includes mental health, physical health, spiritual health, and emotional health. Individuals move seamlessly through the health system and across the health care continuum. Jurisdictional issues are not a barrier to care for First Nations and Métis people. Traditional cultural practices and beliefs are integral aspects of prevention and care and traditional lifestyles are supported and respected by health care providers.

Statement D
In the RQHR, a knowledgeable, well-prepared and culturally competent team of providers delivers diabetes services. The person affected by diabetes is at the center of the team and is actively involved in all aspects of education and care.

The team provides and acts on the best resources and information available. Ongoing and continuing education for providers is supported and promoted.

Statement E
The person with diabetes owns his/her information. Access to information is requested, obtained and shared in a respectful and sensitive manner in accordance with legal guidelines.

The necessary tools and information systems exist to support regular timely, ongoing and multidirectional communication. Adherence to the latest clinical practice guidelines and best practices is monitored and drives team practice and needed information to drive quality improvement is readily available to decision makers. All team members have access to the necessary human, financial and equipment resources.

Statement F
The ultimate dream is a cure for diabetes.

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