Community Health Centers Combating Diabetes

In an effort to raise awareness about diabetes, which is the fifth deadliest disease in the United States according to the American Diabetes Association, the International Diabetes Federation and World Health Organization have designated Saturday, November 14 as World Diabetes Day.

The theme for this year and the next four campaigns is, “Diabetes and Education”. It focuses on educating people about the diabetes risks and warning signs and helping them understand how to manage diabetes.

Increasing the quality and years of healthy lives of U.S. residents is a commitment of Community Health Centers in Michigan and across the country. These providers of comprehensive, accessible, affordable quality primary and preventive care participate in innovative disease management programs, such as those addressing diabetes. The doors of Community Health Centers are open to all community members regardless of insurance status and fees are based on patient income and family size.

Many Michigan Community Health Centers are using creative ways to educate patients about diabetes management. Muskegon Family Care of Muskegon Heights, Michigan, for example, produced a video with Trinity Health that is posted on YouTube explaining the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and how to choose nutritious foods.

Diabetic case managers at Hackley Community Care Center, also in Muskegon Heights, Michigan, consult with diabetic patients on an ongoing basis and offer a six-week chronic disease class. Hackley Community Care Center most recently participated in a local Annual Diabetes conference by providing health screenings and resources for the community.

“Community Health Center staff have the tools and knowledge to help patients manage their diabetes and reduce the complications of the disease,” said Jerelyn Scott, RN, BSN, MPA, Clinical Quality Director, Michigan Primary Care Association. 

To find a Michigan Community Health Center located near you, go to www.mpca.net. For more information about World Diabetes Day, diabetes warning signs and risk factors, go to www.worlddiabetesday.org.

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