Working with our Community to help Stop Diabetes

Working with our Community to help Stop Diabetes

To some, diabetes might seem like a disease that only affects older adults, but according to the American Diabetes Association nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes and approximately 208,000 American’s under the age of 20 are estimated to have been diagnosed and are living with diabetes. In Illinois about 800,000 individuals are diagnosed with diabetes, with Latinos and African-Americans being the most susceptible. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois partnered with some organizations in Illinois to help our communities prevent and manage more effectively this disease. Check out these lifesaving projects below!

  1. Access Community Health Network
    This year blue cross partnered with Access Community Health Network to help fund their program, Introducing Care Coordination to Manage Uncontrolled Diabetes and Hypertension. This program will use a nursing and social work based care coordination strategy improve the health of the patients that have uncontrolled diabetes or hypertension. The goal is to offer hands on patient engagement and focus on working with those patients whose routine primary care is not sufficient.

2. One of the most successful efforts has been the Lawndale Diabetes Project. Sinai Urban Health Institute saw a great need in their community to offer education about diabetes to its residents and created a partnership to help manage diabetes in the North and South Lawndale communities with the Lawndale Diabetes Project.

North Lawndale has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the City of Chicago and South Lawndale is not far behind, but what was more alarming was that the childhood overweight and obesity rate in Lawndale was 67% vs. 26% in all of the U.S.

In order to educate the community the Lawndale Diabetes Project put forth a team of people called Diabetes Block Captains, individuals who go block by block knocking on doors and offering FREE diagnostics services, education and care.

The success of this project has been incredible! Click here to learn more about the Lawndale Diabetes Project.

3. Mano a Mano, located in Lake County is another organization we are proud to collaborate with. Their program ‘Promoteres de Salud’ is a grass roots initiative where individuals from the community go door to door offering health resources to their neighbors. One of their biggest focuses is helping prevent and manage diabetes.

Do you know of a great organization in your community making a difference in preventing or managing diabetes? Tell us about it!