Healthcare College of Health Sciences School of Medicine UC Irvine

R2D2C2 is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Finding Answers Program, The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and Novo Nordisk.

About Reducing Racial Disparities in Diabetes: The Coached Care Project

Reducing Racial Disparities in Diabetes: The Coached Care Project (R2D2C2) aims to improve care and decrease disparities in Caucasians, Latinos and Asian Americans with type 2 diabetes. R2D2C2 is being implemented among a diverse ethnic, geographic and economic subset of these populations, concentrating on the patient-provider interaction and focusing on problem areas of treatment and lifestyle modification that need to be identified, discussed, and negotiated between the patient and the provider.

Specifically, R2D2C2 focuses on:

  • Providing patients with individualized treatment information
  • Teaching patients skills to negotiate a treatment regimen consistent with their preferences, cultures, and lifestyles
  • Teaching patients skills for diabetes self-management
  • Preparing patients for a more active role in their care.

The program is novel in its use of community-based "coaches," recruited directly from each target community, and who themselves have type 2 diabetes. These community-based coaches are trained to increase patient participation during office visits with the aim to improve patients’ health outcomes and reduce disparities.