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About DCAC
Our mission: To improve the health, function, and quality of life of all Fulton County residents at risk for, or affected by, diabetes.
 
Our vision: Residents of Fulton County have access to quality health care, community resources and support, to prevent diabetes and its complications.
Statement of Need:   
Nearly 35% of Fulton County residents, including 50% of seniors are have prediabetes, a condition of higher than normal blood glucose, but not high enough to be called diabetes.  Of those with prediabetes, only one in ten is aware that they have the condition.  Without weight loss and the addition moderate physical activity on most days, 15 to 30% of people with prediabetes will develop Type 2 Diabetes within 5 years.
Of the Metro Atlanta residents living with diabetes, one in three is undiagnosed. These individuals may have already started to suffer from the serious complications of uncontrolled diabetes, including eye, kidney, and heart damage. These and other complications of uncontrolled diabetes can be prevented or minimized by a combination of regular medical care and the adoption of positive diabetes self-management skills.
DCAC is committed to "turning the tide: on diabetes by informing, connecting, and empowering the most vulnerable and underserved of those at risk to quality medical care thereby preventing diabetes and its complications.
 
See:  DCAC Fact Sheet April 2016
 

Free Workshop “Healthy Changes for Living with Chronic Conditions” Begins May 23rd

May 9, 2017 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts, Living Well: Local Resources by Vicki Karnes

The Atlanta Regional Commission is offering “Healthy Changes for Living with Chronic Conditions”, the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

The free workshop is designed to empower persons and caregivers of persons living with a chronic condition to be managers of their overall health and to become expert managers of their lives.   Download flyer here.

The workshop will be offered once a week for six weeks beginning on Tuesday, May 23rd, from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Faculty Office Building Room #103 on the Grady Hospital Campus, 49 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive.

Contact Lynda Conner at (404) 463-3522 for more information and to register.

 

 

Updated Diabetes Care Recommendations for Primary Care Providers

March 26, 2017 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts, For Health Care Professionals by Vicki Karnes

In January, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) released an abridged version of its Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes for primary care providers.  The abridged version contains new and updated evidence-based recommendations relevant to health care professionals providing primary care.  See Abridged Version.

The recommendations in the Standards focus on screening, diagnosis and treatment in order to help improve outcomes for people of all ages living with Diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational) and Prediabetes.  See Changes to Standards – 2017.

While having a history of Gestational Diabetes during pregnancy is still considered a risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes, delivering a baby weighing 9 or more pounds was removed from the Standards.  For a complete list of risk factors used to guide the decision on when to test an adult for Type 2, click here.

To review the 15 sections of the unabridged Standards as published in the January 2017 Supplement to the Diabetes Care journal, click here.

 

New Type 2 Diabetes Screening Guidelines

March 26, 2017 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

Based on recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force, blood glucose screening is now covered as a preventive service for adults 40 to 70 years old and those with a high risk for Type 2 Diabetes.

For those with health insurance, the blood glucose screening will be provided by their doctor with zero co-pay.

Adults found to have Prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose is not normal, but not high enough to be considered Diabetes, will be eligible to enroll in a Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).  The Diabetes Prevention Program is a year-long evidenced-based lifestyle change program.  To find a program near you, click here.

The National Diabetes Prevention Program is a partnership of public and private organizations working to reduce the growing problem of Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.  To learn more, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Enrollment Period Closed for Health Insurance in 2017

February 1, 2017 in Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

The Open Enrollment Period for 2017 health insurance ended on January 31, 2017.
A Special Enrollment Period is available to individuals and families who have experienced a “qualifying life event.” For more information, see: Qualifying Life Events.   It is important to note that a Special Enrollment Period lasts for 60 days from the date of the event.
For questions related to Special Enrollment Periods or to enroll by phone, call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596.   For TTY, call 1-855-889-4325.  Interpretation services are available.
Help is available 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.
For help to enroll online during a Special Enrollment Period, call the Insure Georgia Virtual Navigator Center from 8 am to 5 pm at 1-866-988-8246.
Enrollment is available year-round for children who qualify for Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids.
For more information, see the Department of Community Health website or visit your local office of Division of Family and Children Services.

DCAC Works to Save Lives and Save Limbs

November 13, 2016 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts, For Health Care Professionals by Vicki Karnes

Stop Diabetes From Knocking You Off Your FeetThe Diabetes Community Action Coalition, Inc.  (DCAC) seeks to partner with health advocates, community and faith-based organizations, and the medical community to raise awareness about the dangers of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
It is important that people living with diabetes and their families be aware of the dangers and warning signs of nerve damage to the feet, otherwise known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN).  Only then can they make informed decisions and healthy lifestyle choices to prevent the onset of this life-changing condition.  The American Diabetes Association estimates that over 60% of people living with diabetes suffer from some degree of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.  Read more…
Dr. Comfort, the worldwide leading provider of diabetic footwear, has provided DCAC with a supply of the American Diabetes Association poster (19″ x 25″) seen here.  Health advocates and health care providers interested in copies of the poster should contact DCAC at dcacfulton@gmail.com.
For more information on therapeutic shoes for people with diabetes, see the Dr. Comfort Official Website.

For print, video, and audio educational materials in multiple languages, download DCAC’s handout:  Diabetes and Foot Care Resources for Health Educators.