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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

DCAC Quarterly Meeting: Tuesday, January 24th, 11 am

January 16, 2017 in Diabetes News, Events, Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

All are invited to attend the Quarterly Meeting of the Diabetes Community Action Coalition on Tuesday, January 24th, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Mechanicsville Branch Library.  Newcomers are especially welcome!
Our Guest Speaker will be Rebecca Drake, Project Manager for Regional Community Engagement with the American Diabetes Association.  Those in attendance will learn about the Shine a Light on Diabetes event at the State Capitol on Monday, January 23rd and the goals and objectives of the newly formed Georgia Diabetes Action Network.
Diabetes prevention and self-management education materials will be available.  DCAC handouts on finding health insurance, locating resources and support for the uninsured, as well as transitioning to Medicare, will are also available.
The Mechanicsville Branch Library is located at 400 Formwalt Street SW, Atlanta, GA  30312.    The meeting room is on the 1st floor, accessible by elevator. The entrance to the library is located on the west side of the Fulton County Juvenile Justice Building.

Register here!

  To sign up for DCAC’s Newsletter or to read it online, click here.

Enroll by January 31st for Health Insurance in 2017

January 14, 2017 in Featured Posts, Resources for the Uninsured by Vicki Karnes

Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace (also known as ObamaCare) began on November 1, 2016 and will end on January 31, 2017.   If you sign up for health insurance before January 31st, your coverage will begin on March 1, 2017.
After January 31st, only people who have had a qualifying life change event will be able to enroll or change their health insurance plan for 2017.
It’s important to know that most individuals who apply for health insurance on www.HealthCare.gov  are eligible for financial help to pay the cost of buying health insurance and to pay for medical expenses during 2017.  It is unknown whether this benefit will be available in 2018 and subsequent years.
Free in-person enrollment help is available from licensed Enrollment Assisters in numerous locations in Metro Atlanta.  See DCAC’s handout Local In-Person Enrollment Help.
Enrollment help is also available by calling 1-800-318-2596 (TTY 1-855-889-4325) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Living Well Workshop Offered at Southside Medical Center

January 16, 2017 in Diabetes News by Vicki Karnes

The Choice Health Care Network is offering Living Well, the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.The free six-week workshop is designed to empower persons and caregivers of persons with any type of chronic condition to be managers of their overall health and to become expert managers of their lives.

The workshops will be offered from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at Southside Medical Center, 1046  Ridge Avenue, Atlanta 30315, on the following dates:

      • Wednesday, March 1st – April 5th

      • Wednesday,  April 6th – May 11th

To learn more, contact Dr.Yoon Suk at 404-829-1212 or  by email to: ysuk@choice-aco.com.

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.

Update – Atlanta Regional Health Guide: Resources for the Uninsured

October 26, 2016 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts, Resources for the Uninsured by Vicki Karnes

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Print copies of the Atlanta Regional Health Guide: Resources for the Uninsured and Underinsured are no longer available to order.  While supplies last, copies of the Guide will be available at DCAC Quarterly Meetings.
Both English and Spanish versions of the Guide remain available to download.
Go to the Pfizer RxPathways website and scroll down to “State Health Guides.”
A direct link to each Guide is provided here:
English Guide   Spanish Guide.
Updates to the online edition are planned. Please send any suggestions for additions or corrections to the Guide to: dcacfulton@gmail.com.