In Your Community
The Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center staff is involved in your community. You can find us running outreach clinics for children with diabetes, helping to implement community-based diabetes prevention programs, and staffing summer camps for kids with diabetes.
Meyer Memorial Trust
In September 2008, the Meyer Memorial Trust gave a generous grant to the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center to improve diabetes care in rural Oregon. For the three-year grant period, we are partnering with two rural communities in Oregon, specifically, Douglas and Jefferson Counties. We hope our partnership with these communities will lead to model programs for other rural areas in Oregon and southwest Washington.
Diabetes Self-Management Education
In meeting with with diabetes leaders in Jefferson and Douglas Counties the need for solid, simple diabetes education materials was communicated to us. In response to this request we developed 27 free-standing diabetes education pieces that have been written at a six-grade reading level. To date the education materials have been shared with providers from: Mercy Medical Center and Umpqua Community Health Center in Roseburg, Mountain View Hospital and Mosaic Medical in Madras, as well as the Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center.
Douglas County has enthusiastically embraced the concept of diabetes prevention at a community level. In the fall of 2009 the diabetes education team from Mercy Medical Center began offering a single session program for individuals with pre-diabetes. In August 2010 the Harold Schnitzer Diabetes Health Center sponsored a two-day training on the delivery of a 16-week evidence-based diabetes prevention program. This training was completed by personnel from the Central Douglas County Family YMCA and Active Life Fitness, and November 2010, the Douglas County "I CAN Prevent Diabetes!" program rolled out to 18 participants at the Central Douglas County Family YMCA.
In honor of National Diabetes Month in November 2010, on consecutive weeks a total of five diabetes self-management educational articles were published in the Madras Pioneer and Warm Springs Spilyay Tymoo newspapers. The articles were written by local diabetes experts and the articles culminated with "Dine with the Diabetes Experts" community events in Madras and Warm Springs.
Additionally, in the fall of 2010 a total of eight diabetes prevention/diabetes management public service announcements in Spanish were aired on the La Bronca 1240 AM, the primary radio station broadcasting in Spanish in Central Oregon.