For Immediate Release

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

Free Diabetes Classes for Vallejo Residents

(Vallejo, CA – July 10, 2014) – Touro University California’s (TUC) Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC) is offering a comprehensive diabetes education program beginning this week, which includes seven free hour-long courses covering basic diabetes knowledge and lifestyle changes needed for diabetes management for patients with diabetes and their families.

“Our Student Run Free Clinic helps hundreds of people in Vallejo of all ages and backgrounds with access to a free health clinic, “said Shelley Berkley, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Provost for Touro Western Division. “The support of our volunteer students and faculty help us to continue our mission of serving the community and helping the lives of countless patients.”

The program provides demonstrations and personal help with self-care such as glucometer use and foot exams. Diabetes supplies, nutritional and behavioral health aids are also available to participants. 

The course will be held at the Norman C. King Community Center, 545 Magazine Street, Vallejo every Thursday evening for seven consecutive weeks beginning this week. They are taught by a team of students from TUC’s College of Education and Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine. A licensed clinician is also present at each session to provide direct, on-site supervision. 

According to the most recent study of national data “Diabetes in California Counties” released in 2009 by the California Diabetes Program in association with the California Department of Health, 8.5% of the population in Solano County has been diagnosed with diabetes, and the number is expected to rise as more people gain access to health care.

Touro’s diabetes education program is geared toward people with newly diagnosed and existing Type II diabetes as well as their family members. The seven-week program 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.” 

“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,” said Joy Dugan MSPAS, MPH, PA-C at TUC, who also serves patients daily at Vallejo’s Solano Family Health Clinic.

Registration is free to all community members and up to one (1) member of their families.  Registration can be made directly through the Student Run Free Clinic over the phone at (707) 653-6331, or online at http://www.tourofreeclinic.org.  SRFC will also register participants through referrals from other organizations.

For more information, contact Joy Dugan at joy.dugan@tu.edu.

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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.