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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, Oct. 17th

September 29, 2017 in Diabetes News by Vicki Karnes

Please join us for the Quarterly Meeting of the Diabetes Community Action Coalition (DCAC) on:
Tuesday, October 17th
11 am to 1 pm
Mechanicsville Branch Library|
400 Formwalt Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30312
Our guest speaker will be Patrice Dickerson, Manager of the Diabetes Center and the Geriatric Clinic at Grady Health System.
Community members, health advocates, and health care providers can choose from a variety of free diabetes prevention and self-management education materials.  DCAC handouts related to saving money on prescription drugs and supplies, resources for those without health insurance, and making the transition to Medicare, will also be available.
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!

 

DCAC Joins GDC for Quarterly Meeting: July 26th

August 6, 2017 in Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

The Diabetes Community Action Coalition’s Quarterly Meeting was held in conjunction with the Quarterly Meeting of the Georgia Diabetes Coalition (GDC) on Wednesday, July 26th at Mercy Care, 424 Decatur Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30312.
Guest speakers at the meeting include Sara Berney, Executive Director with Wholesome Wave Georgia, and Alex Lane, a Registered Dietician from Open Hand.  Learn more.
Ms. Berney spoke about the Georgia Fresh for Less program, a part of a national Wholesome Wave initiative to ensure that locally grown affordable food is available to families who experience food insecurity.
The program works with select Farmers Markets to provide double the value of SNAP (Food Stamp) dollars using a client’s EBT card.  For example, $50 of SNAP EBT dollars can buy $100 worth of fresh produce, meats, and dairy products.
Many Farmers Markets participating in the program are open year round.  For details about Markets near you, see the DCAC handout: Georgia Fresh for Less Farmers Markets in Metro ATL.
Ms. Lane described the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription® Program, a collaboration between Open Hand, Georgia Wholesome Wave, and five health centers.  The program is designed to benefit patients who live with chronic illness and experience food insecurity.  Learn more.

 

 

 

Free Workshop “Healthy Changes for Living with Chronic Conditions”

June 24, 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.

Participants In the workshop meet for two and a half hours weekly for six weeks.

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.