St. Joseph's holds Spanish-language diabetes screening day: November is Diabetes Awareness Month across Canada

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Nov. 09, 2011

Imagine having diabetes but not being able to understand all you need to know to manage your condition.

For more than nine million Canadians living with diabetes, education is the cornerstone of their care. The more they know about the many factors that affect blood sugar levels and how to manage their condition, the healthier they will be. They are also better equipped to prevent the serious complications of diabetes.

For those with language barriers, however, diabetes education can be a challenge. For example, Latin Canadians, who are three to four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, often have difficulty accessing primary health care services where diabetes screening would usually take place.

On Nov. 12, the Primary Care Diabetes Support Program (PCDSP) of St. Joseph’s Health Care London is tackling this issue. For the first time in London, PCDSP, in partnership with Projenesis - a non-profit advocacy organization for Hispanic Canadians - is holding a diabetes screening day for the Hispanic community.  About 100 people are expected to take part.

“The goal is to promote early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes,” says Betty Harvey, nurse practitioner with the PCDSP, which provides diabetes care and education to those without family doctors or patients with complex needs, such as language barriers. “By providing accessible screening, we’re hoping we can start people down the path of good care, education and prevention.”

Media are invited to attend this important event, which coincides with Diabetes Awareness Month being held across Canada.

What: Diabetes screening day for London’s Hispanic community
When: Saturday Nov. 12, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Where: St. Joseph’s Family Medical and Dental Centre, 346 Platts Lane, London, Ont.

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For more information, please contact:
Dahlia Reich, Communication and Public Affairs
St. Joseph’s Health Care, London
Phone: 519 646-6100 ext. 65294
Pager: 519 646-6100 ext. 10117
Email: dahlia.reich@sjhc.london.on.ca

About the Primary Care Diabetes Support Program
Located at the St. Joseph’s Family Medical and Dental Centre, the Primary Care Diabetes Support Program (PCDSP) provides diabetes education and support for those without a family doctor or who live with various challenges that make managing diabetes more difficult, such as poverty, language barriers, social isolation, addictions or mental illness. A multidisciplinary team, which includes two physicians, a nurse practitioner, diabetes nurse educators, dietitians and a social worker teaches patients how to become diabetes self-managers and helps them access the resources they need to manage their diabetes effectively. The team also assists family physicians in London to build capacity for diabetes care in their own practices. The program is part of St. Joseph’s Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, the primary regional centre for diabetes and endocrine disease management in Southwestern Ontario.

About St. Joseph’s Health Care London
St. Joseph’s Health Care London is leading patient care, teaching and research centre in Canada with a distinguished legacy of service to London, Southwestern Ontario and the veterans of Canada, dating back more than 130 years. St. Joseph’s five key role areas include acute/ambulatory care, complex care and veterans care, long-term care, rehabilitation and specialized geriatrics and specialized mental health care. Facilities and services including St. Joseph’s Hospital, Parkwood Hospital, Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care and Regional Mental Health Care London and St. Thomas are part of the St. Joseph’s family. Our research arm, the Lawson Health Research Institute, continues to direct their research to the development of new knowledge that is continually being applied directly to patient care. St. Joseph’s is affiliated with the University of Western Ontario.

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