United Health Foundation has partnered with Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) to provide improved care for adults living with diabetes across the US state.

With the goal of expanding the project state-wide, the four-year, $2.5m funding from UHF will allow TACHC to treat at least 40,000 diabetic adult patients in 24 health centers.

This grant partnership is expected to help reduce the percentage of patients with unsuccessfully controlled type 1 or type 2 diabetes from 35% to 30% as well as expand TACHC’s Optimizing Comprehensive Clinical Care (OC3) programme, which aims to advance patient-centered care and enhance health outcomes.

Furthermore, the health center staff will be able to learn to use data to drive better quality care by understanding the connection between efficiencies, access, continuity and improved patient health.

Two health centers will also take part in a pilot focused on peer-to-peer support for diabetes care, during the second year of the partnership.

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas CEO Don Langer said: “The United Health Foundation and the Texas Association of Community Health Centers share the goal of addressing uncontrolled diabetes. This partnership will assist TACHC in its mission to support its member centers, their patients and the communities they serve and ultimately help Texans live healthier lives.”

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TACHC executive director Jana Eubank said: “The Texas Association of Community Health Centers is extremely grateful for the United Health Foundation’s support and partnership. This grant will enable our clinicians to develop new curriculum and create a virtual platform for our already successful Optimizing Comprehensive Clinical Care program.”

Partnering with TACHC is the latest effort by UnitedHealth Group to address the problem of diabetes.

Furthermore, this collaboration falls during November, which happens to be the National Diabetes Awareness Month.

Recently, UnitedHealth Group launched Level2, a new therapy that pools wearable technology and customised personal support to improve the health of people living with type 2 diabetes.