The Pesach Segal Israeli Center for Diabetes Research and Policy
Dr. Orly Tamir
The Pesach Segal Israeli Center for Diabetes Research and Policy (ICDaRP) is an excellence center in Israel dedicated to diabetes research, policies and education. The Center was founded in 2017 with the aim to serve diabetes-related health policy in the transformation of preventive and care measures, which will ultimately improve outcomes within the healthcare system and beyond.
The mission of the Israeli Center for Diabetes Research and Policy is to be an action, information and knowledge center in the area of diabetes, its causes, complications, consequences, preventive measures and treatment. Our goal is to transform the way that health services are perceived and provided in diabetes and other chronic diseases in Israel.
The center is involved in diabetes prevention and care measures through intervention initiatives and research in the following areas: therapeutic education, health promotion, behavioral modification, disease self-management, diabetes education, patient involvement and digital health. All of our activities are aimed at supporting decision-making and policy measures.
We have demonstrated expertise in design and initiation of versatile interventions, as well as in the conduct of quantitative and qualitative research, especially implement -wise. In addition, we serve as a national pedagogic institution in the field of therapeutic patient education and focus on aspects of health-beliefs, motivation and self-efficacy and how those are present and influenced in sub-populations. We are strongly connected to the field and put an emphasis on partnering with-and engaging the target populations.
A few examples of our previous and ongoing researches and projects include:
· Diabetes educators in Israel: Role definition and establishment, training program development and execution, promotion of role implementation in the Israeli health system.
· Exploring the Infodemiology Data on Diabetes: Analysis of Information Supply and Demand in Hebrew on the Internet.
· Nursing aids as health ambassadors in the community.
· Cost assessment of diabetes in Israel and understanding of consequences for prevention measures and for development of new funding mechanism for prevention.
· Evaluation of regulatory measures, such as food labeling policy and taxation of sugar sweetened beverages and unhealthy foods, as means to improve public dietary choices.
· Evaluation of school intervention programs aimed at improving youth health behavior in Israel.
The Israeli Center for Diabetes Research and Policy is a unique organization, set in the crossroads between different stakeholders within the Israeli health system, yet independent of any of them. This enables us to use a multi-level approach - we work in the field (bottom-up) while simultaneously promoting policy and regulation (top-down actions). In addition, this approach enables us to endorse creative partnerships and innovative solutions. The Center was recognized by the International Diabetes Federation as a center of education, and holds notable research and execution capabilities. These features make it possible for us to conduct influential research and also initiate, execute and evaluate intervention programs aimed at improving diabetes prevention and care inside and outside the Israeli health system.
Diabetes educator qualification program
The Center has developed a structured diabetes education program that ensures constant and high level knowledge in diabetes as well as teaching and training of good practical skills for medical and non-medical health providers.
The program is comprised of a 4-level mode of action:
Level 1 - Deepening the knowledge of practitioners in diabetes, to become accredited as Diabetes Experts
Level 2 – Training of diabetes educators, to provide therapeutic patient education within the medical setting
Level 3 - Training of lay people to empower and provide support to patients with diabetes in the self-management of the disease
Level 4 – Knowledge development through academic dialogues, small-group and workshop discussions, as well as conceptual and practical research in the field
ICDaRP staff includes experts in health policy, health promotion, policy and governance and informatics, as well as researchers in the fields of epidemiology and public health. In addition, the center includes professional technology counsellors, students, research assistants, interns and research associates from Israel and abroad.