Cabarrus Health Alliance gets grant for diabetes care

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 29, 2012

KANNAPOLIS — The Cabarrus Health Alliance will receive $1.8 million as part of a federal grant to Duke University to help improve Type 2 diabetes care and management.
The award will create seven new jobs in Cabarrus County, including community health workers, information officers and health integrators.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid awarded $9.7 million to Duke University to coordinate a three-year program that aims to improve Type 2 diabetes care and management, health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs in the southern United States.
Duke University funneled some of the money to Cabarrus Health Alliance. The two organizations have worked together for nearly five years on Duke’s MURDOCK Study, a medical research study based at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis named for campus founder David Murdock.
“We are very excited to be a partner in this effort to address one of our nation’s most significant health problems,” said Dr. William Pilkington, chief executive officer and director of public health for the Cabarrus Health Alliance. “Our multifaceted approach will have dramatic results in improving our understanding of diabetes and how we can reduce the economic and health effects of this illness.”
Read more in Wednesday’s Post.