TRACK: OEM Clinical Practice
Lisa R. Connor, RN, BSN, CDE, Vanderbilt Health Plus, Nashville, TN
Lori A. Rolando, MD, MPH, FACOEM, Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Nashville, TN
Mary Yarbrough, MD, MPH, FACOEM, FACPM, Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Nashville, TN
According to the CDC, diabetes is an epidemic that is significantly affecting the health and future of the U.S. It is estimated that 29.1 million Americans have diabetes, and another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes. Diabetes is a problem that impacts employers and employees alike. In addition to the obvious direct costs associated with diabetes (i.e. cost of medical care, treatments, etc.) employers
should also consider the indirect costs. These range from loss of production in relation to quality of work, absence, sickness, etc. to intangible costs such as pain, anxiety and an elevation in stress. From a financial and productivity perspective, employers should consider implementing effective preventive programs that will not only support their employees in seeking a healthy lifestyle, but will also invest into their long-term health. Vanderbilt Health and Wellness has implemented a workplace, lifestyle change program based on a CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program that is proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Their tailored program has been integrated into an already-existing program, addresses leadership support, and targets employee and provider buy-in.