New program to help diabetes patients in rural areas

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new diabetes treatment program is helping New Mexicans in rural areas get specialized diabetes care without having to travel long distances to see a specialist.

The Endocrinology TeleECHO Clinic brings care to those in need and a way to meet local healthcare needs. This program trains and supports primary care providers and community health workers to become experts at managing patients with diabetes.

Jessica Kirk, Project ECHO Nurse Manager, joined KRQE’s This Morning team to discuss the program. Watch above.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, more than 200,000 New Mexicans have diabetes, but there aren’t enough endocrinologists to meet the need.

Endo ECHO is based at UNM and is free to patients who enroll.

For more information, visit their website.

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