It is estimated that
371 million
people around the world have diabetes, and
29 million
people in the United States alone.

Despite this startling increase of diabetes across the globe the rates of
diabetes-related complications are
decreasing

Statistics show since 1990 rates of diabetes complications such as
heart attack, stroke, amputations, and kidney disease
have consistently been on the
decline

It is getting better, and there is plenty of hope that those living with diabetes can expect to live long and healthy lives

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Here's how Grassroots Diabetes can help you

Provide Hope

Grassroots Diabetes aims to improve the lives of those living with diabetes across the United States and Globe. We provide hope to those living with diabetes that they can lead a long and healthy life.

Provide Hope

Grassroots Diabetes aims to improve the lives of those living with diabetes across the United States and Globe. We provide hope to those living with diabetes that they can lead a long and healthy life.

Help Educate

"On the Road" (OTR) is Grassroots Diabetes diabetes education program, serving those living with diabetes, their families and caregivers living in underserved populations. OTR goes directly to the community delivered by community health workers in lay term in areas where increased rates of diabetes and complications are present.

Help Educate

"On the Road" (OTR) is Grassroots Diabetes diabetes education program, serving those living with diabetes, their families and caregivers living in underserved populations. OTR goes directly to the community delivered by community health workers in lay term in areas where increased rates of diabetes and complications are present.

Improve Lives

Grassroots Diabetes is a go to source for need to know diabetes information, videos, and our diabetes education "On the Road" can improve the lives of those living with diabetes at a low cost.

Improve Lives

Grassroots Diabetes is a go to source for need to know diabetes information, videos, and our diabetes education "On the Road" can improve the lives of those living with diabetes at a low cost.

The On The Road Program

On the Road (OTR) is as a community-based diabetes prevention and education program which arose through a partnership with the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School, and various local communities throughout the country.

OTR was developed with a focus on underserved communities; comprised of lower incomes, and poor education where increased rates of diabetes and complications are present. OTR has been shown to reduce cardiometabolic risk, prevent diabetes and improve diabetes outcomes.

OTR helps to focus the participants on goals most useful for their own diabetes management by using the results of five important clinical tests discussed in the core program.

hemoglobin A1C

blood pressure

LDL cholesterol

eGFR (kidney test)

eye exam

For each of the five tests, the program delivers simple messages for participants to carry with them back to their providers and gives them tools to engage in conversations about diabetes with their healthcare team. The OTR program was created to be adaptable in order to most effectively address barriers to care in each specific community.

The OTR program targets those who are struggling with their diabetes and are not accessing their local healthcare system with the goals being to:

Provide hope

Provide realistic hope for diabetes outcomes and engage participants with the healthcare system

Improve outcomes

Improve their health outcomes by participating in community-based, easy-to-understand and pragmatic diabetes education sessions that include action plans personalized by point-of-care testing

Improve results

Improve A1C and blood pressure results when people are above target

Improve numbers

Decrease the number of people with pre-diabetes

Behind the Program & Grassroots Diabetes

  • Grassroots Diabetes is a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Richard Jackson in 2015 and headquartered in Boston, MA.

    We provide diabetes education, concentrating on individuals and populations in underserved areas. This includes people with diabetes, pre-diabetes and cardiometabolic syndrome.

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  • Our diabetes education program, "On the Road" (OTR) arose through a partnership with the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School, and various local communities throughout the country.

    The OTR program was developed in 2001 , field-tested, and modified from over a decade of use and in collaboration with USDA extension sites with over 15,000 participants. In 2012, it received a prestigious Center of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation award that further validated and refined the program. Hard outcomes of the OTR program showed improvements in participants AIC, blood pressure, and pre-diabetes , as well as increased knowledge and engagement in the healthcare system.

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  • The results of the OTR program inspired Dr. Jackson to create Grassroots Diabetes in an effort to help as many people as possible throughout various communities.

    We believe the success of OTR is due large in part to its focus on the simple and most important messages. Our mission is to provide hope to those that they can do well with their diabetes care. True to our name, Grassroots Diabetes wants to remind those living with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or cardiometabolic syndrome, that some of the most simple and basic actions can make a surmountable difference.

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Grassroots Diabetes is a non-profit organization founded by Dr. Richard Jackson in 2015 and headquartered in Boston, MA.

We provide diabetes education, concentrating on individuals and populations in underserved areas. This includes people with diabetes, pre-diabetes and cardiometabolic syndrome.

Our diabetes education program, "On the Road" (OTR) arose through a partnership with the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School, and various local communities throughout the country.

The OTR program was developed in 2001 , field-tested, and modified from over a decade of use and in collaboration with USDA extension sites with over 15,000 participants. In 2012, it received a prestigious Center of Medicare and Medicaid Innovation award that further validated and refined the program. Hard outcomes of the OTR program showed improvements in participants AIC, blood pressure, and pre-diabetes , as well as increased knowledge and engagement in the healthcare system.

The results of the OTR program inspired Dr. Jackson to create Grassroots Diabetes in an effort to help as many people as possible throughout various communities.

We believe the success of OTR is due large in part to its focus on the simple and most important messages. Our mission is to provide hope to those that they can do well with their diabetes care. True to our name, Grassroots Diabetes wants to remind those living with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or cardiometabolic syndrome, that some of the most simple and basic actions can make a surmountable difference.