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All about the North Country Diabetes Project

The partners of the North Country Diabetes Project came together in 2006 with the goal of improving the lives of those with diabetes, or at risk of diabetes in our region, an area where diabetes services were significantly limited. Since then a lot has been accomplished and the group effort between CVPH Medical Center, the Clinton County Health Department, and JCEO has earned regional and national attention.

The Clinton County Health Department's outreach efforts have reached thousands, including healthcare providers and community members alike. The project has participated in over 200 events and has collected significant data which is giving us a better picture of diabetes risk and care in Clinton County. CVPH has established formal diabetes education services, namely Diabetes Self Management Education and Medical Nutrition Therapy, earning American Diabetes Association recognition for these services in 2007. Diabetes Self Management Education remains the ADA's most standard recommendation for individuals newly diagnosed with diabetes and for those with changes in their treatment plans. The Diabetes Center has also added classes for individuals new on insulin, Insulin Pump Start Classes, Gestational Diabetes Education and is able to provide Continuous Glucose Monitor Sensing or CGMS. JCEO has provided transportation to and from diabetes related medical appointments and CVPH diabetes education services to over 200 individuals since October 2006.

The North Country Diabetes Project's partnership was highlighted in a presentation at the CDC's Diabetes Translation Conference this past year and in a video produced by the School of Public Health at the University at Albany. Despite this recognition, the most significant accomplishment of the partnership has been the institution of services for those diagnosed with diabetes in our region, helping them stay healthy now and into the future.

For more information on these services, call the Diabetes Center at CVPH at 562-7326.

The Senior Connection is a column provided by the Clinton County Office for the Aging. For more information about services for senior citizens, contact their office at 135 Margaret St., Suite 105, Plattsburgh or call them at 565-4620.

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