Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) affects an estimated 3 to 9 percent of all pregnancies; in Ohio, this equates to an estimated 9,000 pregnancies each year. About half of all women diagnosed with GDM during pregnancy will ultimately develop Type 2 diabetes.

Who We Are

The Ohio Gestational Diabetes (GDM) Postpartum Care Learning Collaborative is a group of forward-thinking provider sites and nationally renowned clinical advisors working together to improve the care and long-term outcomes of women who have been diagnosed with GDM.

Clinical Advisory Partners include nationally recognized subject matter experts:

  • Dr. Steven Gabbe, CEO Emeritus at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUMC)
  • Dr. Mark Landon, Chair and Professor of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at OSUMC
  • Dr. Stephen Thung, Director of Diabetes in Pregnancy Program at OSUMC
  • Reena Oza-Frank, PhD, Research Director, Center for Perinatal Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Our Goal

Funded by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the GDM QI Project seeks to increase the number of women who attend post-partum appointments. Additionally, it implements a quality improvement (QI) pilot project to increase post-partum education and screening for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) among women with a history of GDM, with a special emphasis on high-risk women enrolled in Medicaid. To accomplish this, we are looking for providers like you to partner with during Wave 3 of the project. During this wave, the collaborative will:

  • Build on the work of Waves 1 and 2 by conducting a deep dive design of experiment to distinguish best practices for improving diabetes screenings and post-partum patient care; and
  • Provide support to clinical teams to implement diabetes screening, identification, education and treatment through the design and implementation of a quality improvement project.

Benefits to Project Partners

GDM Learning Collaborative project partners receive:

  • Access to nationally renowned clinical advisors,
  • Free copies of patient and provider toolkits,
  • One-on-one coaching,
  • Quality improvement training, and
  • Rapid-cycle data feedback on site progress.

For additional information on the collaborative, view the Project Overview and Learning Collaborative Structure resources.

To download the toolkits and access further resources on GDM and the risk of Type 2 diabetes, please visit our website