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Augusta Health brings diabetes education to the community

FISHERSVILLE, Va. (WHSV) – Augusta Health is taking their education into the community.

This month the focus is on Diabetes Awareness Month.

Diabetes team staff said the hospital’s Community Needs Assessment showed them barriers to health care for the community, so they meet people where they are.

“One of the things we’ve found is that we’re not reaching the underserved members of our community,” says Kara McGill Meeks, Diabetes Educator and Dietitian at Augusta Health. “We therefore decided to take this year’s events off campus.”

Soon they will host a series of events for Spanish-speaking community members at Embrace in Waynesboro, in partnership with Sin Barreras and the Central Shenandoah Health District. Information will be distributed over four courses over four months, and each class will be taught in Spanish.

McGill-Meeks said language and transportation are often barriers to health care and education.

“We’re trying to find ways to break down those barriers, and if that means going to those places, that’s what we’re trying to do, try to work with providing transportation, so there’s all kinds of things that are becoming that way. far beyond our programming,” McGill-Meeks said.

Not only that, but disease rates are higher in some groups.

“Diabetes is at a higher prevalence among the Hispanic population, and they often experience barriers to care and education and prevention and all of that,” McGill-Meeks said.

The classes will include information on diet, exercise and medication. McGill-Meeks said they plan to address common barriers as well, which means they’ll talk about budgeting to get health food, along with information about community programs that offer financial assistance.

The first class is for Wednesday, November 9 at 5:30 pm at Embrace in Waynesboro. If you are interested in participating in the event, call Sin Barreras at 540-492-5008.

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