Project Lead: Jacob C. Warren, Ph.D.; Mercer University
Project EDUCATE (Eliminating Disparities in the Underserved by Centralizing Availability of Telehealth Education) is a five-year project focused on developing and testing a novel telehealth intervention to improve outcomes related to diabetes and high blood pressure among rural patients. Within the initiative, companion programs will be developed that are focused on teaching diabetic and/or hypertensive patients about their health conditions and ways that they can self-manage the disease. Patients who have depression in addition to diabetes or hypertension will also receive information about ways to improve their mental health. Project EDUCATE involves use of innovative telehealth-based strategies that take advantage of advancements in distance technology to deliver health information – something particularly important in rural areas where travel can be highly burdensome. The project is led by Dr. Jacob C. Warren, Rufus C. Harris Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities at Mercer University, and is a community-based collaboration with East Georgia Healthcare Center in Swainsboro, GA.