Foundation collaborative works towards decreasing diabetes

The DFW Hospital Council Foundation’s (DFWHC) North Texas Community Health Collaborative (CHC) committed itself in 2014 to decrease the high levels of diabetes in the metroplex. An annual report detailing the year’s activities was released today.

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CHC efforts included the implementation of a diabetes strategic plan. This project took place in DFW zip codes with a high prevalence of diabetes. In a study produced by the DFWHC Foundation healthcare data, it exposed abnormally high occurrences of diabetes in specific zip codes in both Dallas and Fort Worth.

Throughout 2014, CHC worked with community leaders and residents to address the reasons for these disparities in zip code 75227 in Dallas and 76112 and 76119 in Fort Worth. The CHC hosted several educational meetings within the neighborhoods.

Texas is home to nearly 2 million residents with diabetes, with more than 500,000 living in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Experts suggest that by 2025, Texas diabetics will rise to 4 million. In an attempt to decrease the dangerous potential of these troubling numbers, CHC is committed to help communities learn more about the steps necessary to reduce diabetes. To read the annual report, please click here.

For more information, please contact Sushma Sharma at [email protected].