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Gestational Diabetes Collaborative

The Ohio Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) Collaborative is a unique collaboration between chronic disease in the Bureau of Health Promotion, maternal child health in the Office of Health Improvement and Wellness, and Ohio Medicaid. The team formed in 2010 when the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) was competitively selected to participate in a national, year-long learning collaborative administered by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), and the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). ODH's Ohio GDM Collaborative has the over-arching goal to prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) in women who have a history of GDM. Additionally, the collaborative aims to increase the number of women who receive postpartum screening and education for T2DM so health risks are addressed early and effectively. The team has worked to improve preventive healthcare provision in Ohio in accordance with national guidelines; increase the public’s knowledge about gestational diabetes; reduce T2DM risk; and increasing access to preventive care. In addition, it has worked to improve the understanding of the epidemiology of gestational diabetes in Ohio by increasing the availability, use and dissemination of public health data.

Key accomplishments of the collaborative include:

  • Healthcare Provider Survey
    • In 2012, the collaborative surveyed 2,000 OBGYN’s nurse midwives, Family Practitioners, and Internal Medicine doctors on their knowledge and attitudes toward GDM. The survey was repeated in 2015. 
  • Focus Groups
    • In 2012, the collaborative also completed an extensive series of focus groups to uncover the general knowledge and attitudes about GDM among women in Ohio.
  • Quality Improvement Initiative
    • Using what was learned from the above, the collaborative launched a quality improvement initiative with the Government Resource Center (GRC) that focuses on increasing completion of the postpartum visit and postpartum screening for T2DM.