The PreventionLink program integrates clinical practice with evidence-based public health programs to improve outcomes for patients at all levels of risk for chronic disease, from persons at risk for diabetes and heart disease to high-system utilizers with frequent hospitalizations. Innovations in the use of health information technology and the development of communities of practice will bring together stakeholders in chronic disease care with a shared goal of reducing the burden of diabetes, hypertension, and stroke in underserved areas of Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Charles, and Calvert counties.
Ten percent of chronic disease patients in the project area are responsible for 80 percent of chronic care costs. Southern Maryland lacks quality health programs for chronic disease prevention. Barriers to health care access in the region include transportation, low literacy, lack of finances (and lack of adequate health insurance) and lack of social support.
PreventionLink programs are available to health care providers and residents of Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Charles and Calvert counties. To join as a participant, a referral has to be made by a healthcare provider. Providers interested in participating should call PreventionLink.