Dayton VA Medical Center awarded $2.3 million grant for diabetes education

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Thanks to a joint initiative between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, the Dayton VA Medical Center and the Air Force Diabetes Center of Excellence are being awarded a $2.3 million grant.

The money will go toward the creation of an easily-accessible educational program to help veterans diagnosed with diabetes. The grant will fund a new “Virtual Medical Center,” where patients will be able to interact with Certified Diabetes Educators from the comfort of the veteran’s home.

The idea was originally submitted by Dr. Brian Burke, Chief of Diabetes and Metabolism at the Dayton VAMC. Dr. Burke also wrote the grant proposal and will lead the developing project.

“Diabetes is a chronic disease largely managed by the patients in collaboration with their health care team over a course of years or decades,” says Dr. Burke. “The need to review important diabetes self-management skills and information with a Certified Diabetes Education in a safe, secure environment is critical to veterans for successful management of this disease.”

Dr. Burke and his team are working with the American Diabetes Association to obtain certification for the program, which will be the first of its kind in the country.

The Virtual Medical Center is expected to launch in 2020.

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