Impact of RDN-led medication therapy trial on type 2 diabetes outcomes

Impact of RDN-led medication therapy trial on type 2 diabetes outcomes

Collaborative, team-based models that maximize skills of different disciplines may improve care for individuals with diabetes, but few have been tested using rigorous research designs. This webinar describes a randomized controlled trial that investigated the effectiveness of a registered dietitian nutritionist-led (RDN) telemedicine program vs. a control group on diabetes optimal care goals in two rural Minnesota primary care practices. RDNs utilized an approved treatment protocol to initiate/titrate medication therapies for blood glucose, hypertension and lipids, in addition to providing medical nutrition therapy for those assigned to the intervention group. RDNs effectively implemented the medication protocol and medication nutrition therapy to deliver positive health outcomes. The speakers will start out by sharing some context of their population health work, including a primary prevention program that led to the development of the type 2 diabetes trial.

Presented on: Tuesday September 24, 2019 1 pm CT, 2 pm EST


GB_picture.jpgGretchen Benson, RDN, LDN, CDE
Population Health Program Manager
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Gretchen Benson, RDN, LDN, CDE is a Population Health Program Manager at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation with more than 10 years of experience creating systematic, efficient health improvement programs to reach people at the right time and place. As a testament to her accomplished work in this area, she is a recipient of the Young Dietitian of the Year award from the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has special interests in women’s health and healthcare access.


JH_IMG_8913.jpgJoy Hayes, MS, RDN, LDN,CDE
Population Health Specialist
Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation

Joy Hayes, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE is a Population Health Specialist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. She is committed to helping people of all ages and backgrounds prevent and manage heart disease and diabetes. Her special interests are women’s heart health and the mind, body, heart connection. She volunteers as a Master Gardener and enjoys working at a neighborhood community garden where produce donations go to a local food shelf.



Credits: 1 CEU, Level
CEU Codes: 1070 Leadership, Critical and Strategic Thinking
5190 Diabetes Mellitus
4010 Community intervention and monitoring
3090 Screening parameters, methodology and Surveillance


    1. Identify potential benefits of utilizing a telehealth program in a rural community
    2. Describe at least 3 steps in implementing a facility-based medication protocol
    3. Discuss the benefits of utilizing integrated teams to maximum potential


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