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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
 

Enrollment Period Closed for Health Insurance in 2017

February 1, 2017 in Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

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.

DCAC Works to Save Lives and Save Limbs

November 13, 2016 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts, For Health Care Professionals by Vicki Karnes

Stop Diabetes From Knocking You Off Your FeetThe Diabetes Community Action Coalition, Inc.  (DCAC) seeks to partner with health advocates, community and faith-based organizations, and the medical community to raise awareness about the dangers of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
It is important that people living with diabetes and their families be aware of the dangers and warning signs of nerve damage to the feet, otherwise known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN).  Only then can they make informed decisions and healthy lifestyle choices to prevent the onset of this life-changing condition.  The American Diabetes Association estimates that over 60% of people living with diabetes suffer from some degree of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.  Read more…
Dr. Comfort, the worldwide leading provider of diabetic footwear, has provided DCAC with a supply of the American Diabetes Association poster (19″ x 25″) seen here.  Health advocates and health care providers interested in copies of the poster should contact DCAC at dcacfulton@gmail.com.
For more information on therapeutic shoes for people with diabetes, see the Dr. Comfort Official Website.

For print, video, and audio educational materials in multiple languages, download DCAC’s handout:  Diabetes and Foot Care Resources for Health Educators.

Update – Atlanta Regional Health Guide: Resources for the Uninsured

October 26, 2016 in Diabetes News, Featured Posts, Resources for the Uninsured by Vicki Karnes

Cover photo.

Cover photo.

Print copies of the 2014 Atlanta Regional Health Guide: Resources for the Uninsured and Underinsured are no longer available to order.  While supplies last, copies of the Guide will be available at DCAC Quarterly Meetings.
Both English and Spanish versions of the Guide remain available to download.
A direct link to each Guide is provided here:  English Guide   Spanish Guide.
If you have any suggestions for additions or corrections to the Guide, please send to: dcacfulton@gmail.com. 

1st Annual Focus on the Family Diabetes Fun Walk: Oct. 1st

September 23, 2016 in Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

The 1st Annual Focus on the Family Diabetes Fun Walk was held at Trammell Crow Park in Southwest Atlanta on Saturday, October 1st.
The Georgia Diabetes Coalition (GDC) and the Diabetes Community Action Coalition (DCAC) would like to thank Fun Walk Sponsors, Community Partners, and Supporters for what will become our annual signature fundraising event.
The funds raised through the Fun Walk will  be used to support the educational and outreach programs of the Diabetes Community Action Coalition, Inc., the local Chapter of GDC in Metro Atlanta.
Photos, taken by Jen Riley with Phoenix Consulting, can be view here.

 

Unity Conference of CHWs in ATL Wraps Up

July 20, 2016 in Featured Posts by Vicki Karnes

The theme of the 14th Annual Unity Conference held in Atlanta from July 18th to 20th was Community Health Workers: Social Change Agents Advancing Health Equity and Improving Outcomes”.   See Conference Agenda
DCAC Co-Chair, Vicki Karnes, RN, CDE, along with Alliant Quality’s Diabetes Education Specialist, Jessica Knopf, MSW, hosted one of the last sessions at the Conference.  
Jessica Knopf described Alliant Quality’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts Program, a free six-week diabetes self-management education program for Medicare beneficiaries. The presentation given by DCAC Co-Chair, Vicki Karnes, covered the following topics:
    • Safety Challenges for Senior Adults Living with Diabetes
    • Resources to Support  Diabetes Self-Care
    • Navigating the Maze of Health Insurance
To view the DCAC PowerPoint, see:
Partners Working Together to Support CHWs and Empower Senior Adults with Diabetes

 

DCAC recognizes the key role that Community Health Workers (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 CHW training, 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.