DCAC Joins GDC for Quarterly Meeting: July 26th

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”

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.

Enrollment Period Closed for Health Insurance in 2017

The Open Enrollment Period for 2017 health insurance ended on January 31, 2017.
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 a Special Enrollment Period lasts for 60 days from the date of the event.
For questions related to Special Enrollment Periods 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.
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