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Clemson University receives funds for diabetes prevention initiative

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Clemson University received $2.66 million in funds from the Greenville Health Authority board to fund a diabetes prevention and management initiative and scholarships for nurse practitioner students.

The public health sciences department and Clemson Cooperative Extension will receive $2.25 million for the Integrated Services for Diabetes Prevention and Management initiative. The program hopes to reduce incidence of diabetes by tracking health outcomes of patients.

“This gives the Clemson department of public health sciences and Clemson Cooperative Extension a significant opportunity to work together to develop and expand our innovative programs in population health management and health extension,” said Windsor Sherrill, Clemson’s associate vice president for health research and chief science officer for Greenville Heath System, in a news release. “The focus on diabetes management and prevention addresses a challenging health problem in the state of South Carolina and across the country.”

The program will also work with Greenville Health System on a diabetes prevention program.

In Greenville County, the Centers for Disease Control estimates nearly 10% of the population, or more than 36,000, have diabetes.

“Diabetes prevention and management is a critical health challenge for the region. The successful implementation of this program will improve care and outcomes for people at risk for developing diabetes and for people already living with diabetes in Greenville County,” said Michelle Parisi, director of Nutrition and Health Extension Programs for Clemson Cooperative Extension.

Clemson’s School of Nursing will receive $410,000 in grant funding to provide 10 scholarships per year for the next two years for its nurse practitioner program. Students receiving the scholarships will come from underrepresented backgrounds.

“This funding will allow underrepresented nursing students to pursue their passion for healing others,” said Veronica Parker, a School of Nursing faculty member and director of Clemson’s Center for Research on Health Disparities. “For the nurse practitioner workforce, we posit that such support will be instrumental in increasing access to culturally-aligned, high-quality nurse practitioners who reflect the diversity of the patient populations in which they serve.”

The School of Nursing will work with GHS to offer the scholarships.

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