Healthy Lifestyle Management And Diabetes


The Comprehensive and Collaborative Care for Healthy Lifestyle Management and Diabetes ECHO Program is supported by the Centene Corporation and Buckeye Health Plan.

Ohio has a higher prevalence of diabetes than the national average, affecting nearly 30% of adults in Southeast Ohio. This Weitzman ECHO project partners with Buckeye Health Plan and Ohio University to help Ohio clinicians solve for the complex health needs associated with diabetes and obesity using a holistic, multidisciplinary team approach.

This ECHO project® connects healthcare providers and care team members to a community of their peers and subject-matter experts from Ohio University. It specifically focuses on training providers in the region to better address co-morbidities and complications of diabetes and enhance care to improve and encourage patients’ lifestyle modifications to prevent, arrest, and even reverse diabetes.

Meet the Expert, Multidisciplinary Faculty:


Amber Healy D.O. is a physician who practices in Appalachian Ohio at OhioHealth Physician Group Heritage College and an assistant clinical professor at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM). Dr. Healy has focused her practice on the management and treatment of diabetes in one of the most underserved regions of Ohio, where the prevalence of diabetes is much higher than in most areas of the rest of the country. Her clinical practice involves both inpatient and outpatient diabetes management. She is actively involved in medical education, teaching medical students, residents, fellows, and peer, colleagues. Dr. Healy is the program director of the diabetes fellowship program at Ohio University, 1 of 6 such fellowships in the country. She is involved in several committees related to both clinical practice and the university and serves as director of the clinical division of the Diabetes Institute at OUHCOM. Her research and advocacy have focused on diabetes, more specifically focused on care delivery for those with limited access to endocrinologists.


David Drozek D.O. trained and practiced as a general surgeon for many years before his introduction to Lifestyle Medicine as a patient in 2011. Having personally experienced the reversal of chronic lifestyle-related disease, he transitioned into Lifestyle Medicine as a specialty. He is certified by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, teaches and is involved in research at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He is Medical Director of Lifestyle Medicine at Marietta Memorial Health System, where he has a clinical practice and works with the employee wellness program which serves as a teaching and research venue. His research is focused on the teaching and delivery of Lifestyle Medicine, especially for people with a lower socioeconomic status.


Dawn Graham, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Instruction in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. She earned a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Purdue University in 2010 and a Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science from Valparaiso University in 1999. Clinical experience includes work at the University of Chicago Hospitals, Michigan City Area Schools, Danville Veterans Hospital, Purdue University, Porter Starke Community Mental Health, and Logansport State Psychiatric Hospital. In addition, she has experience running a multi-million dollar federal grant to promote maternal/child health in Southeastern Ohio with university and community partnerships in coordination with the Ohio Department of Health. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and previously acted as the chair of the Ohio Psychological Association Public Sector Issues committee. She is a certified community health worker through the Ohio Board of Nursing and is a CHW master trainer in the community. In addition, she has participated in national webinars and speaking engagements for SAMHSA’s- Rural Behavioral Health, The March of Dimes, and The American Institutes for Research. Areas of interest include creativity and mental health, community psychology, rural health, and policy change. Current projects include qualitative research on integrated healthcare in rural settings across the United States. Her research interests also include the impact of compassion fatigue for healthcare professionals working with underserved patients and spent years teaching Trauma-Informed Care and Mindfulness to health professionals. Within the community, Dr. Graham volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, OU Woman’s Mentoring Program, and Athens Girls Rock Camp. She is a current board member for The Gathering Place and is on the leadership team for the annual Paw Paw Festival. Dawn spends her free time camping, fishing, playing music, and chasing her three Basset Hounds.


Sarah Adkins, RPh, PharmD, BCACP graduated from the University of Toledo in 1998 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Pharmacy. She worked for Meijer Pharmacy in Northwest Ohio for two years after graduation. She then moved to Columbus, Ohio, and worked for Medco Health Solutions as a Customer Service Pharmacist, Managed Care Pharmacist, Supervisor of Physician Service Center, and then Knowledge Manager of Medication Therapy Management. She attended The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (OSU COP) and completed her Doctor of Pharmacy in June of 2010. Sarah moved back to her hometown of Athens, Ohio in 2011. She completed a PGY 1 residency in a collaborative agreement of clinical and academic practice with OSU COP and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM). She received her Board Certification in Ambulatory Care Pharmacy (BCACP) in 2011. After residency, Dr. Adkins advanced her residency into a full-time shared position with OSU COP and OUHCOM where she has worked for the past nine years. She precepts fourth-year Ohio State pharmacy students on rotations. She spends clinic time in the OhioHealth Family Practice residency clinic and, prior to COVID, with the Ohio University (OU) Heritage Community Clinic. Dr. Adkins is the Associate Director of the OUHCOM Diabetes Institute (DI) and has been with the DI for over two years. She teaches pharmacy sciences at OUHCOM, Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP), and the OU Department of Chemistry. She is passionate about teaching, diabetes care, and serving the underserved.


Karen Bailey, MS, RD, LDN, CDCES is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist who has been working at Ohio University for more than 15 years.  She implements a recognized National Diabetes Prevention program and has been a lifestyle coach and Master Trainer Select for 8 years. She coordinates and implements a diabetes self-management education and support program accredited by the ADCES at OU DI and  provides clinical services at OhioHealth Physician Group Heritage College Diabetes and Endocrinology.


Yuanjie Mao, MD, Ph.D. is a graduate of Peking University Health Science Center where he was awarded both MD and Ph.D. degrees. He trained in Internal medicine at the University of Maryland and Cleveland Clinic Hospitals and subsequently in Endocrinology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Mao is board certified in Internal medicine and Endocrinology. Mao has been practicing at OhioHealth Castrop Health Center, Athens, Ohio since 2019. His practice specializes in the care of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism disorders. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at Ohio University where he has ongoing clinical studies and trials. His research includes stem cell therapies for diabetes, statin therapy in diabetes, and diabetic nephropathy, and he has had numerous publications in prestigious journals. His current research interest is glucose metabolism in obesity and nutritional therapy for type 2 diabetes mellitus.