NEOMED Contributes to Cardio-OH, Ohio’s Cardiovascular and Diabetes Collaborative

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Through grant funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, faculty from Ohio’s seven medical schools along with the Ohio Department of

Medicaid have been disseminating evidence-based cardiovascular and diabetes best practices for the past five years.

Activities from the Cardi-OH group include

  • monthly newsletters,
  • a website at Cardi-OH,
  • podcasts, and
  • Project ECHO® training modules.

The mission is to assist primary care health care teams in providing the best possible cardiovascular and diabetes care to Medicaid patients across the state and eliminate health disparities.

NEOMED faculty have been active contributors to Cardio-OH projects and products.

  • Kristin Baughman, Ph.D., from the Department of Family and Community Medicine, serves as NEOMED’s PI. She serves on the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) working group and has produced a case study and annotated bibliography for the Cardi-OH website on health disparities.
  • L. Austin Fredrickson, M.D. (’14), has participated in the collaborative for the past two years. His internal medicine clinic in Salem, Ohio, has participated in the ECHO® series, and Dr. Fredrickson has produced a podcast on rural telehealth during COVID-19. It was the most popular Cardi-OH podcast of 2021. He is currently finishing a brief summary of best practices to address the digital divide in Ohio.
  • Rebecca Fischbein, Ph.D., and Janice Spalding, M.D. (’87), are new NEOMED grant team members. Dr. Fischbein has been working with the SDoH working group on best practices for providing inclusive, affirming care to the LGBTQ+ population. Dr. Spalding has been working with the lifestyle working group on health literacy and living with diabetes.

Other topics addressed by the collaborative include:

  • hypertension and lipid management,
  • the top six things endocrinologists wish every primary care provider knew,
  • talking to patients about medication side effects,
  • patient adherence, and
  • effective teams.

Visit the Cardi-OH website to learn more and access the many materials for use in your practice, or contact Dr. Baughman at

“We are always looking for ways to reach out to clinicians serving Ohio’s Medicaid population,” Dr. Baughman says.

Submitted by Kristin Baughman,

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