From the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)'s Community Partnerships Page (written for a clinical audience):
Patients live, work, and play in social and physical environments outside the health care system. Therefore, clinic-community partnerships are key to building community support for diabetes self-management.1,2 Increasing patient access to effective community resources through linkages with relevant agencies and organizations is a cost-effective way to obtain important services such as nutrition counseling or peer-support groups.3,4 Furthermore, clinic-community partnerships have demonstrated benefits at the individual, organizational, and community levels.5 For example, clinic-community partnerships result in better clinical outcomes; increased capacity for outreach; improved access to community resources; enhanced community engagement in diabetes support; and, ultimately, reductions in morbidity and mortality and improvements in quality of life related to diabetes.6,7
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4. Johnson P, Thorman Hartig M, Frazier R, et al. Engaging faith-based resources to initiate and support diabetes self-management among African Americans: A collaboration of informal and formal systems of care. Health Promot Pract. 2014;15(2 Suppl):71S-82S.
5. Cashman SB, Flanagan P, Silva MA, Candib LM. Partnering for health: Collaborative leadership between a community health center and the YWCA central Massachusetts. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2012;18(3):279-87.
6. Klug C, Toobert DJ, Fogerty M. Healthy Changes for living with diabetes: An evidence-based community diabetes self-management program.Diabetes Educ. 2008;34(6):1053-61.
7. Boyd ST, Scott DM, Augustine SC. Exercise for low-income patients with diabetes: A continuous quality improvement project. Diabetes Educ. 2006;32(3):385-93.