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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
 

GDC / DCAC Quarterly Meeting: Wednesday, July 25th

July 11, 2018 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

Please join us for the joint Quarterly Meeting of the Diabetes Community Action Coalition (DCAC) and the Georgia Diabetes Coalition (GDC) on:
Wednesday, July 25th 10 am to 12 pm
Mercy Care 424 Decatur
Street Upstairs Board Room
(Across street from Martin Luther King Jr. MARTA Station)
Atlanta, GA 30312

Register here!

Quarterly Meeting: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April 12, 2018 in Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

Please join us for the joint Quarterly Meeting of the Diabetes Community Action Coalition (DCAC) and the Georgia Diabetes Coalition (GDC) on:
Tuesday, April 25th
10 am to 12 pm
Mercy Care
424 Decatur Street
Upstairs Board Rroom
(Across street from Martin Luther King Jr. MARTA Station)
Atlanta, GA 30312
Our guest speakers will be Dr. Lisa Jasper, Director of Advanced Practitioners at Piedmont Physicians Group, and Stephanie Jackson, Education Specialist for LifeLink of Georgia.
Details about the 2nd Annual Focus on the Family Diabetes Fun Walk on Saturday, May 5th, with be shared.  Learn more.

 

 

Those in attendance are encouraged to share information about upcoming events and community resources during the announcements section of the meeting. Newcomers are especially welcome!

Register here!

 

2nd Annual Focus on the Family Diabetes Fun Walk: May 5th

April 12, 2018 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

The 2nd Annual Focus on the Family Diabetes Fun Walk will be held at Exchange Park Recreation Center on Saturday, May 5th.
The Georgia Diabetes Coalition (GDC) and the Diabetes Community Action Coalition (DCAC) are hosting this free event to raise awareness about the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes and its complications.
One in three people living with Type 2 Diabetes in Metro Atlanta do not know that they have the disease!  We need your help to help raise awareness.    Download the flyer here.
Donations to the Focus on the Family Diabetes Fun Walk will be used to support educational and outreach programs of  the Diabetes Community Action Coalition and the Georgia Diabetes Coalition.

 

To learn more about being a walk sponsor, forming a team, or to volunteer, contact John Riley at 678-310-4432.  Registration begins at 8 am. The walk begins at 9 am.   For driving directions, click here. 

Register here!

 

Free Workshop “Healthy Changes for Living with Diabetes: May 2nd

March 30, 2018 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts, Living Well: Local Resources by Vicki Karnes

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

The free six-week workshop will be held once a week May 2nd to June 6th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Metropolitan Branch Library, 1332 Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta, 30310.    Download the flyer here.

A similar free workshop will be offered to those living with any form of chronic illness from April 28th to June 2nd at Open Hand, 181 Armour Drive NE.  Learn more. 

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

 

 

New Type 2 Diabetes Screening Guidelines

February 26, 2018 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.