Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University

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Study 13

ACHRU Community Partnership Program for Diabetes Self-Management for Older Adults – Canada


This program of research builds on our previous work to refine the Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) Community Partnership Program (ACHRU CPP) for a multi-site randomized controlled trial, to further evaluate its feasibility, acceptability, and outcomes. This new and innovative community-based model for diabetes care, aims to improve diabetes self-management and the quality of care for older adults with diabetes and multiple chronic conditions (MCC). It is being tested in three provinces over four years with future adaptations for implementation across Canada.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research SPOR Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network: Programmatic Grants (Funding Reference Number: KPG-156883),  
Diabetes Action Canada
McMaster Institute for Research on Aging
Scarborough Health Network
Scarborough Health Network Foundation
McMaster University School of Nursing
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS)

Collaborator: Catharine Whiteside, Executive Director, Diabetes Action Canada

Study Partners

OntarioSt. Michael's Hospital, Greater Toronto YMCAScarborough Health Network, Carefirst

Quebec: Groupe de Médecine de Famille Universitaire (GMF-U) Saint-Charles-Borromée, Fédération de l'âge d'or du Québec (FADOQ) – Lanaudière, Groupe de Médecine de Famille Universitaire (GMF-U) Saint-François d’Assise, Fédération régionale des OBNL d'Habitation de Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches (FROHQC)

Prince Edward Island: Sherwood Business Centre and Four NeighborhoodsUniversity of Prince Edward Island’s Health Centred Research ClinicHarbourside ClinicSt. Eleanor’s Community Centre

Knowledge User Partners:

Patrick Dicerni, Principal Knowledge User
Bill Johnson, Principal Knowledge User Patient
Phil Graham, Knowledge User

Related ACHRU News Story: Innovative Community-Based Model for Diabetes Care Moves Forward


Issue 1-June 2019

Issue 2-December 2019



  • Jenny Ploeg
    McMaster University School of Nursing
    Department of Health, Aging and Society
  • Maureen Markle-Reid
    Professor and Canada Research Chair in Person Centred Interventions for Older Adults with Multimorbidity and their Caregivers
    McMaster University School of Nursing
    Scientific Co-Lead, MIRA/Collaborative for Health and Aging (OSSU SPOR Research Centre)
  • Ruta Valaitis
    McMaster University
    School of Nursing
  • Andrea Gruneir
  • France Légaré
  • William J. Montelpare
  • Kathryn Fisher
  • Rebecca Ganann
  • Lynn Mansell
  • Frank Tang
  • Ross Upshur
  • Ali Ben Charif
  • Johanne Blais
  • Dean Eurich
  • Amiram Gafni
  • Gary F. Lewis
  • Lori MacCallum
  • Janet MacIntyre
  • Jean-Sébastien Paquette
  • Marie-Ève Poitras
  • Janet Pritchard
  • Angela Riveroll
  • Cheryl A. Sadowski
  • Diana Sherifali
  • Lehana Thabane
  • Tyler Williamson
  • Tracey Chambers
  • Robyn Connors
  • Coralie Assy

Publications and Activities relating to this study:

Our Diabetes Community Partnership Program (CPP) is highlighted on the Diabetes Action Canada Website

We are pleased to have our Community Partnership Program for Diabetes Self-Management for Older Adults – Canada featured in a story on the Diabetes Action Canada website.

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Promoting Independence in Older Canadians with Diabetes

ACHRU is featured as one of Diabetes Action Canada’s research programs on their new bilingual website.

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We’re Delighted to be a Diabetes Action Canada Goal-Directed Group

Learn more about the launch of our new goal-directed program in the latest issue of the Diabetes Action Canada newsletter.

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