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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

National Unity CHW Conference Coming to Atlanta

April 27, 2016 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

Mark your calendars for the 14th Annual Unity Community Health Worker Conference to be held in Atlanta from July 17th to 20th.  To learn more and to register, click here.
DCAC recognizes the key role that CHWs play in providing support to the growing number of senior adults in Metro Atlanta as well as those of all ages affected by chronic health conditions.
For those interested in becoming a Community Health Worker (CHW), registration is open for the free iADAPT 2.0 Project’s Chronic Disease Education Train-the-Trainer Program offered by the Morehouse School of Medicine.  Learn more.

Update – Health Insurance Marketplace

April 4, 2016 in Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

Open Enrollment for 2016 health insurance ended on January 31, 2016.
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 if health insurance is lost for any reason during the year, the Special Enrollment Period lasts for 60 days from the date of the event.
For questions 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 Quarterly Meeting: Tuesday, April 26th, 11 am

March 25, 2016 in Events by Vicki Karnes

All are invited to attend the Quarterly Meeting of the Diabetes Community Action Coalition, Inc., on Tuesday, April 26th, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Mechanicsville Branch Library.  Newcomers are especially welcome!
Our Guest Speaker will be Fulton County School Nurse Trish Vacarella, RN, CDE.  She will describe the medical care that children with diabetes receive in Georgia Public Schools.
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.
If you need reasonable accommodations due to a disability, including communications in an alternative format, please contact Nell Kapple at 404-6613-7944 or for TDD/TTY or Relay Access, dial 711.
Driving, public transportation, and parking instructions can be found on the registration page.

Register here.

We invite you to sign up for the Coalition’s monthly Newsletter. 
   If you prefer to read our monthly Newsletters online, you can do that, too!
      To sign up for the monthly Newsletter or to read the DCAC Newsletters online, click here.


Free Smoking Cessation Medications

March 10, 2015 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts, Headlines, Preventing Complications from Diabetes, Resources for the Uninsured by Vicki Karnes

Since 2015, all private health plans must offer smoking cessation treatments to adult smokers as a preventive service required by the Affordable Care Act.
Although many health plans in Georgia have not yet updated their approved list of medications, a 90-day supply of all FDA-approved smoking cessation medications is available to smokers with $0 copay when prescribed by a doctor. 
For those Georgians covered by Medicaid, a free 12-week supply of certain smoking cessation medications is available.  To learn more, see Medicaid coverage in Georgia.
For those without health insurance, it is possible to buy over-the-counter smoking cessation products at a discount when prescribed by a doctor by using one of several drug discount cards.  See Discount Card for OTC Medications.

Note:  The Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program periodically offers free Nicotine Replacement Therapy to adults without health insurance.  
For more information, call the Georgia Tobacco Quit LineEnglish:  1-877-270-STOP      Spanish:  1-877-2NO-FUME

Why is it important to make tobacco cessation products available as a free preventive benefit?
Adults who smoke are at high risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes.
People with Diabetes who smoke have the highest risk for developing debilitating complications like blindness, kidney failure, and lower leg amputations.