Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently awarded a $200,000 grant by the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Healthy Ohio/Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction.
The funds will be used toward the implementation of a Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, created to provide immediate access to lifestyle education for people in Scioto County with type 2 diabetes.
“Type 2 diabetes affects many people within Scioto County, but unfortunately there are many factors that prevent this population from receiving the care they truly need,” Ashley Salyers, clinical educator at SOMC, said. “The Diabetes Prevention and Control Program will address this concern by providing educational services to individuals who lack accessibility, affordability and availability to specialized medical care.”
SOMC Workforce Development Manager Jill Preston explained that the newly established program will be offered as seven 10-week sessions over the course of the next year and a half. For each week of the program, participants will meet for two hours to focus on education topics related to diabetes self-management, as well as the importance of fitness and exercise.
“We want to ensure that participants have all the resources necessary to successfully manage the disease on their own once the program is complete,” Preston said. “Not only will this include one-on-one education time with clinical dieticians, exercise physiologists and diabetes experts, but we’ll also provide important supplies needed to monitor the disease, like glucometers, test strips and lancets.”
“We hope that this combination of components will create life-changing and life-long results for our community,” Salyers added. “The need for this education is clearly there and we’re happy to finally have the funding to do something about it.”
The program will be offered at four locations throughout the county and will be held in conjunction with the Portsmouth City Health Department, the Scioto County Health Department, the Family Health Care Center, Community Action Organization and Shawnee Mental Health. Physician referral for participation is required.
For more information, please speak with your primary care physician or contact the SOMC Diabetes Education Department at 356-2627.