Meet the UPMC Primary Care Expanded Care Team
Our new team-based approach helps you with your health and wellness, as well chronic conditions. Your primary care doctor coordinates your care — and our Expanded Care Team provides specialized support tailored to your physical and mental health needs.
Certified Diabetes Educator®
A certified diabetes educator (CDE) helps patients living with diabetes to better understand and manage their condition.
Your CDE is trained in prediabetes and diabetes prevention, and will help you:
- Manage and adjust your medications
- Change your diet and develop a plan
- Make recommendations to your health care providers
A registered dietitian (RD) is a food and nutrition expert who helps pre-diabetic individuals and other patients with nutrition concerns. Your RD translates the science of nutrition into practical solutions for a healthier lifestyle.
Wellness guides are extensively trained medical assistants who teach self-management support to patients with new or uncontrolled chronic disease.
Your wellness guide can help you achieve health care goals recommended by your doctor, such as:
- Quitting smoking
- Increasing your physical activity
- Losing weight
- Improving your nutrition
Medical Social Worker
Your medical social worker can help assess your social, emotional, environmental, financial, and support needs.
He or she will also work with you, your family, and your doctor to create a coordinated plan of care, including helping patients with:
- Chronic degenerative or terminal illness
- Mental illness and other social or emotional issues
- Financial and housing issues
- Discharging from hospital
- Transitioning to a different level of care
Behavioral Health Counselor
Your behavioral health counselor, or licensed clinical social worker, is highly trained in psychotherapy, assessment, diagnosis, substance abuse treatment, and crisis management.
He or she will provide you with short-term assessment and counseling and help patients with concerns such as:
- Anger management
- Suicidal thoughts
- Relational, parenting, and aging problems
Should you need longer-term or complex treatment, you also can be connected to the appropriate resources.