Traineeship in diabetes and the older patient. A public health experience

AE Helfand Department of Community Health and Aging, Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine, Philadelphia.

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The author describes an effort that demonstrates a successful partnership between a professional education program in podiatric medicine, the Pennsylvania State Health Department, and the Professional Diabetes Academy, which served as the catalyst for health promotion, prevention, and education. Similar programs through adaptations geared to local resources could be developed as a demonstration of direct secondary prevention of the complications of diabetes in the older population and have the potential to help meet national goals to significantly reduce amputations.