On October 25, 2013 The Light 103.9 FM & Foxy 107.1/104.3 FM Presents “Tom Joyner’s Take A Loved One To The Doctor Day” brought to you by Durham County Public Health, Durham Diabetes Coalition & The Durham Area Transit Authority.

Visit the Durham Station & DATA Operations Office for your FREE GO PASS on all RT Routes on October 25th and visit the Durham County Public Health Offices for a FREE HEALTH SCREENING

Durham Area Transit Authority info at www.gotriangle.org

The Durham Diabetes Coalition & Tom Joyner’s Take A Loved One To The Doctor Day

After more than two years in existence, the Durham Diabetes Coalition (DDC) is more committed than ever to informing and educating Durham County residents about type 2 diabetes and reducing the number of deaths and injuries related to this chronic disease.

The Coalition is a partnership of the Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH), Duke University Medical Center, the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, Durham health and community organizations, faith-based groups, local government and community members.

The DDC is on a mission to find people who have type 2 diabetes and do not know as well as to educate people living with diabetes about the disease and how to effectively manage their diagnosis.

Type 2 is the most common form of diabetes. With this disease, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin that is being produced. Insulin is a necessary hormone for the body to be able to break down the sugars and starches into glucose to fuel the cells of the body.

High risk patients are offered the services of a five-member clinical team that includes a supervising physician, a nurse practitioner, a registered dietitian, a licensed clinical social worker and a community health worker to help them achieve treatment goals and prevent long-term health complications.

The Coalition also conducts community outreach through the services of its neighborhood intervention team. Team members attend events in target neighborhoods and identify needs and the best way to address diabetes in that specific area.

The most unique component of the DDC is the geospatial mapping team. The team has developed a dataset to identify high concentration areas of people living with diabetes and information about the neighborhood including the number of grocery stores, fast food restaurants, health care providers and socioeconomic factors.

In an effort to inform a large population of Durham County residents, the Coalition produces the TV show, “Living Healthy” on DTV8, a monthly newsletter and has active social media sites.

For additional information about programs and services, visit the DDC website.

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