Would you Benefit from THRIVE?

The Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center launched a 4-month pilot program called THRIVE for people with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who are struggling to meet their A1C goals. If you think you might benefit from more frequent contact with your care team and, at the same time, get support from other people with type 2 diabetes (T2D)—this program is for you.

“The research shows that these group medical visits, especially for people with T2D, are really beneficial,” said Berrie Center Nurse Practitioner, (NP), Cara Hass who along with Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietician Courtney Melrose will run the pilot program. “It allows a space for people to problem solve and share their challenges and successes, more so than you get on a one-to-one visit with your doctor or educator.”

Besides motivation, the program requires a 90-minute time commitment once a month for four months. The first and last month’s group will be led by Courtney but also involve a 10-minute individual visit with NP Cara. The second month will focus on nutrition and the third on long-term self-management.

‘We hope that the patients will learn and be motived by one another,” said Cara. “We hope people will talk about their challenges and then others will share the tips they’ve used to overcome barriers. So if you’re the person who forgets to check your blood sugar in the morning, maybe somebody else in the group can talk about what works for them. That’s what we’re hoping for.”

THRIVE will take place from 9:00 to 10:30 am at the Berrie Center on April 25, May 30 and June 27. If you think you might be interested in the program, please contact Cara Hass at ch3320@cumc.columbia.edu.

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