Community takes action on high diabetes prevalence

The North Texas Health Information Collaborative and Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration hosted a meeting on diabetes prevention yesterday at Tarrant County College Opportunity Center. The meeting took place within Fort Worth’s “high diabetes prevalence” areas in zip codes 76112 and 76119. In a study produced by the DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation healthcare data, it was revealed there was an abnormally high occurrence of diabetes in the neighborhoods.

An initial meeting was held June 18 to discuss the surprising data results and to obtain ideas from residents and community leaders. Last night’s event was an opportunity to prioritize and form task forces to conduct “action plans” for the area.

Shenequal Robertson of The American Diabetes Association (ADA) served as keynote speaker to discuss education available to diabetic patients and the community. Tarrant County Commisioner Roy C. Brooks was also a speaker and promised to provide complimentary training space to ADA for education.

For questions on the programs, please contact Sushma Sharma of the DFWHC Foundation at [email protected].

ADA's Shenequal Robertson

ADA’s Shenequal Robertson during her presentation.

Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks at work

Tarrant County Commissioner Roy C. Brooks at work during last night’s meeting.