Community Connections

April 01, 2013

Diabetes Management Made Easier

Providence Tarzana and Providence Holy Cross Medical Centers serve a large gestational diabetes population. Providence Tarzana also offers diabetes education for children.

Providence also takes diabetes education and treatment to the underserved in Southern California. The Get Out And Live (GOAL) program in the South Bay offers a nine-week diabetes health management program for uninsured adults with high blood glucose levels. “After our first year of GOAL, we’ve seen some really good outcomes with blood glucose levels,” says Juan Mendez, program manager at Providence Little Company of Mary Community Health Department.

In the San Fernando Valley, the Providence Chronic Disease Management Mobile Clinic makes stops in low-income communities, says director Glenn A. Lopez, MD, MPH. In addition to treating diabetes, the mobile clinic focuses on hypertension, hyperlipidemia and depression. “Treating diabetes is treating all four of those things,” Dr. Lopez says. “We approach patients in a holistic manner.” In addition, the 34-foot mobile clinic trailer is roomy enough to house a chronic disease support group in each community.