For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771
andrea.garcia@tu.edu

Touro Offers Free Diabetes Classes for Vallejo Residents

(Vallejo, CA – April 2, 2015) – Touro University California (TUC) Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC) will offer a seven week-long Diabetes Education Program, in both English and Spanish, starting Monday, April 6th, 2015. These free hour-long courses will cover basic diabetes information, lifestyle changes needed for diabetes management, and provide demonstrations and personal help with self-care, such as glucometer use and foot exams. Nutritional and behavioral health aids, and limited diabetes supplies, will also be available to participants. 

The course will be held at the Norman C. King Community Center at 545 Magazine Street in Vallejo every Monday evening starting April 6th for seven consecutive weeks. They will be taught by a team of students from Touro University California’s College of Pharmacy, College of Education and Health Sciences, and the 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 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. Until now, 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, 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,” says Joy Dugan MSPAS, MPH, PA-C who is a faculty member at TUC and serves patients daily at Vallejo’s Solano County Family Health Services Clinic.

Registration is free to all community members and up to one (1) member of their families. All participants must be 18 years of age or older to register. Registration can be made directly through the Student Run Free Clinic over the phone at (707) 653-6331, or by emailing srfcpublicrelations@tu.edu. Touro’s SRFC will also register participants through referrals from other organizations.

For more information, contact Joy Dugan, MSPAS, MPH, PA-C, Touro University California, at 707-553-5422 (w) or 805-903-3377 (c), or joy.dugan@tu.edu.

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 18,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro has 35 campuses and locations in New York, California, Nevada, Illinois, Berlin, Jerusalem and Moscow. New York Medical College; Touro University California and Touro University Nevada; Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division; as well as Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Ill. are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to: www.touro.edu/news