Lowcountry Diabetes Initiatives
Valerie Muehleman, MS, RD, CDE
Terrie Williams, Community Liaison
Lowcountry Diabetes Initiative Receives Grant for Health Ministries and Exercise Programs
The Lowcountry Diabetes Initiative (LDI) was formed October 2000 by a REACH 2010 planning grant. The coalition has over 26 partners and includes Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and Allendale Counties. Meetings are quarterly with Beaufort Jasper Diabetes Coalition. In 2002, LDI received funding from SC DCP Mini-grant, Beaufort Jasper EOC, Johnston Heart and Caring Fund totaling $12,000; 2003 and 2004 received $7,000 SCDCP mini-grant. The programs provided healthy cooking demonstrations with blood pressure checks every six months in selected churches. Three of four churches improved their mean blood pressure in six months for grant year 2003 and 2004.
The new grant for $13,800 from the South Carolina Diabetes Control Program will focus on building health ministries and implementing exercise programs for 5 churches of 14 churches where Blood Pressures were checked in the past three years.
Goal: To decrease disparity from diabetes and hypertension in the Lowcountry.
Susan G. KomenThe goal of the program is to provide community outreach education and direct subsidy of mammograms for women aged 35-64 who live at or below 200% poverty and have no insurance. This grant provided 258 clinical breast exams and 185 screening mammograms for patients who met the above criteria. Patients were recruited in the 8 clinics, through 18 outreach activities, and through a health fair hosted by BJHCHS. Zonta and Alpa Kappa Alpha assisted and advertised for the health fair. The migrant camps were visited by the outreach worker and patients were brought to the clinic for clinical breast exams and screening mammograms.