DCAC Member Orientation Links

The following DCAC Member Orientation files were updated on October 24, 2016.
DCAC Fact Sheet Oct 2017


New Member Briefing Oct 2017 


DCAC Membership Form April 2016


DCAC’s current and archived Newsletters are available here.

DCAC Quarterly Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 17th

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!


Free Workshop “Healthy Changes for Living with Chronic Conditions”

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

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

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.

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