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Chapter 27: Sample AADE Application

Standard 3

The DSME entity will determine the diabetes educational needs of the target population(s) and identify resources necessary to meet those needs.

Essential Elements Checklist:

  • An identifiable process was used to assess the needs of the target Population.
  • Unique needs of target population are specified.
  • Allocation of resources are specified

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Target Population

Geographic Region: Expansive Geographic Area
Expected Volume: 21–100 monthly
Community Site: Aging Service Access Point

Setting Descriptors

Target Population’s unique characteristic: Older Adults (generally age 60+)

Tailoring to target population: To meet the needs of this older adult population, the DSME program will be particularly tailored to address challenges which include, but are not limited to: low vision, hearing loss, limited mobility. Educational material using large print will be utilized when necessary. Hearing assistance devices will be available. All site locations will accommodate walkers, wheelchairs and other devices designed to improve mobility. Program instructors will have particular experience in working with older adults so as to have a heightened ability to recognize other needs of the population. While the majority of the target population is English speaking, educational material will be available in the other languages prevalent in the geographic areas served (Spanish, Cambodian) and translation services will be made available when necessary. Further, some segments of the target population have incomes at or below the federal poverty limits.

To address the challenge of meeting the needs of low-income elderly consumers, the program includes information on finding low-cost medication and services. Efforts to assist with transportation will be incorporated when possible. Any additional barriers and challenges discovered for members within the target population will be communicated to the participant's primary care provider. All resources expended in support of this DSME will be allocated to meet the needs of this target population.

At least annually, an assessment of the target population will be performed to address access to health care services, cultural influences, barriers to education, and appropriate allocation of resources. Resources allocated include funding for program intervention and assessment, physical space, transportation costs, etc.).

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