For Immediate Release

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

Free Diabetes Classes for Vallejo Residents

Touro University California Student Run Free Clinic to Offer First Community-Wide Comprehensive Diabetes Education Program in Vallejo

CONTACT: Joy Dugan, MSPAS, MPH, PA-C, Touro University California
W: 707-553-5422
M: 805-903-3377
Email: joy.dugan@tu.edu

(Vallejo, CA – October 13, 2016) – Touro University California (TUC) Student Run Free Clinic (SRFC) will offer a seven-week long Diabetes Education Program, in both English and Spanish, on Thursday evenings, 5:30-6:30pm (English) and 6:45-7:45pm (Spanish), beginning October 20th, 2016. These free hour-long courses will cover basic diabetes information and lifestyle changes needed for diabetes management for the people who live with diabetes, as well as their families. The program will provide demonstrations and personal help with self-care such as glucometer use and foot exams. Diabetes supplies, nutritional and behavioral health aids will also be available to participants. 

The course will be held at Kyle’s Temple Church at 912 Florida St. in Vallejo every Thursday evening from October 20th, 2016 until December 8th, 2016 (no classes on Thanksgiving, November 24th). These classes will be taught by a team of students from Touro University California’s College of Pharmacy, School of Graduate Education and Public Health, and its 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 the United States. 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, over 1 in 10 adults in California have diabetes. The same study finds that in Solano County, 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 people living with diabetes as well as their families. Education, support, and self-management are necessary to creating lifestyle changes that help people living with diabetes, as well as their families, lead a happier, healthier life. Until recently, however, Vallejo – one of Solano County’s largest cities – has not had a comprehensive diabetes education program for the general community. 

Touro’s Diabetes Education Program is geared toward people with newly diagnosed and existing Type II diabetes as well as 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, Getting the Most out of a Doctor’s Visit, Diet and Nutrition, Medications, and Stress Management and Behavioral Health. An additional optional session will cover Smoking Cessation and/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,” says Joy Dugan MSPAS, MPH, PA-C who is faculty at Touro University, but 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.

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.