For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia:
W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 704-6101

TUC Student Run Free Clinic Offers Free Diabetes Classes

(Vallejo, CA – June 24, 2015) – Touro University California (TUC) Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC) is pleased to offer a seven-week long program on Diabetes Education, presented in both English and Spanish, which begins on Monday, June 29th.

These free one-hour sessions, held every Monday for seven weeks from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Norman C. King Community Center, 545 Magazine Street in Vallejo, will cover basic diabetes information and lifestyle changes needed for diabetes management. The program will provide demonstrations and personal help with self-care such as glucometer use and foot exams. Limited diabetes supplies, and nutritional and behavioral health aids will also be available to participants.

This program, created for people with newly diagnosed and existing Type II diabetes and their family members, offers supportive group education covering: The ABCs of Diabetes and Glucometer Use, Diabetic Foot care and Other Diabetes-Related Health issues, Diet and Nutrition, Medications, Stress Management and Behavioral Health, and Getting the Most out of a Doctor’s Visit. An additional optional week covers Smoking Cessation or Insulin Use.   

Classes will be taught by a team of students from TUC’s College of Pharmacy, College of Education and Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine. A licensed clinician will also be present at each session to provide direct, on-site supervision.  

Diabetes is a growing health problem in Solano County, where 8.5% of the population has been diagnosed with diabetes, and the number is expected to rise as more people gain access to health care. It is a chronic disease that is life changing and affects both the diabetics and their families.   Education, support, and self-management are necessary to creating lifestyle changes that help diabetics and their families lead a happier, healthier life.   

“As a health care provider, having the opportunity to refer my patients to a free quality program is very exciting. This diabetes program fills a very real need in Vallejo for diabetes education.  I will be referring my patients to the program,” says Joy Dugan MSPAS, MPH, PA-C who is faculty at Touro University, but also serves patients daily at Vallejo’s Solano County Family Health Services Clinic.  

Registration is free to all community members and up to one member of their family. All participants must be 18 years of age or older to register. Registration can be made directly through the SRFC at 707-653-6331 or by emailing Joy Dugan at joy.dugan@tu.edu

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.