With more than 30,000 patients with diabetes actively seen within Parkland Health & Hospital System, adequate access, screening, preventive care, self-management education and support become an enormous and ever pressing challenge for Parkland and the community. The George & Fay Young Foundation is ready to help with this challenge by donating funds to create a new Diabetes Education and Training Center at Parkland.
“Parkland has always been at the forefront of serving our communities greatest needs, and the Diabetes and Education Training Center is not different,” explains Christopher Shaw, executive Director of the George & Fay Young Foundation. “Diabetes impacts such a large portion of our community, and Parkland’s commitment to positively impacting this issue is very encouraging.”
The center will provide diabetes education for patients, as well as training for healthcare professionals across the Parkland system and the Dallas County community. Services will include group sessions covering a range of critical diabetes self-management topics as well as peer support initiatives, both essential in building the necessary knowledge, skills, motivation and confidence for positive long-term health outcomes. Technology at the center will facilitate interactive distance learning for providers and staff located at Parkland’s neighborhood health centers and beyond.
“The community-based focus of the work is critical,” said Shaw. “One of the things that inspired our donation was how Parkland is striving to be ‘the place’ in North Texas for diabetic care and education. We need something like this in our community.”
“We’re making this investment and placing bets on the future so that the patients who visit Parkland have the best opportunity for care and education,” added Shaw. “A little bit of education and a little bit of care can go a long way.”
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