November 2021
Adelante: FHCSD’s Diabetes Programs

An Update from the Chief Medical Officer

Greetings FHCSD supporters,

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, a time when we contribute to the national dialogue about the importance of diabetes prevention while highlighting information about diabetes management programs and services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes. Unfortunately, more than 84% are unaware they have it. Prediabetes means your blood glucose (sugar) is higher than normal, but not yet diabetes. At Family Health Centers of San Diego, our goal is to prevent the development of diabetes and assist those who have been diagnosed.

Know Your Risk:

You may be at risk for prediabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older
  • Have a BMI of 25+ or are overweight/obese
  • Have a family history of Type 2 diabetes
  • Had diabetes while pregnant
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week

We encourage you to further assess your risk for prediabetes with the Prediabetes Screening Test here.

FHCSD Diabetes Programs and Services:

The majority of our FHCSD primary clinics offer diabetes testing, treatment options, education, prevention tips, support and comprehensive care. We provide several diabetes programs and services.

Let’s Prevent Diabetes Program
Through the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), you can work to prevent Type 2 diabetes using the Family Health Centers of San Diego “Let’s Prevent Diabetes” Distance Learning Program. Approximately 96% of FHCSD participants in this year’s cohort have met or exceeded 150 minutes of physical activity per week and have averaged a total of 5.24% of body weight loss. Sessions are provided by a certified lifestyle coach who educates enrollees on losing weight, becoming more physically active and reducing stress. Patients can also participate in virtual group sessions with individuals who are also striving to live healthier lifestyles.

Diabetes Management Care Coordination Program
If you have prediabetes or diabetes, FHCSD hosts virtual group sessions once per month for a total of six sessions about emotional wellness, healthy cooking and eating, self-care and goal-setting, as well as physical activity. You can also receive free visits with a medical provider.

Diabetes Self-Management Education Service
For individuals diagnosed with diabetes, FHCSD’s Diabetes Self-Management Education Service (DSMES) promotes lifestyle changes through individual counseling sessions with Nutritionist-Health Educators and Registered Dieticians. You will learn about how to self-manage your diabetes and related conditions, blood glucose monitoring, a safe physical activity routine, methods to increase adherence to medication and techniques to manage the negative physical and emotional impact of diabetes.

Dilated Eye Exams
If you’re living with diabetes, it’s important for you to see an ophthalmologist or optometrist for a yearly dilated eye exam. A dilated eye exam can help your doctor find and treat serious eye diseases that are common among people with diabetes.

For more information about FHCSD diabetes programs, call (619) 515-2526 or click here.

Chris Gordon, M.D., FAAFP, AAHIVS
Chief Medical Officer

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County of San Diego Honors 15th Annual ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® Health and Wellness Event

On Saturday, October 16, 2021, representatives from the Office of County Supervisor and Board Vice Chair Nora Vargas joined Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) to celebrate the 15th Annual ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® health and wellness event at Memorial Community Park in San Diego.

In partnership with the Healthy Americas Foundation and the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (NAHH), FHCSD hosted the health and wellness event to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles while celebrating the positive role of Hispanic culture in health. Established in 2006, ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® is the nation’s largest annual event promoting healthy lifestyles in Hispanic communities.

County Supervisor representatives presented a proclamation for ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!®, applauding its commitment to encouraging health and wellness through engaging programs and activities in San Diego.

“The County of San Diego is committed to recognizing and honoring organizations and individuals that are dedicated to the best ideals of public service and ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® is one such worthy organization,” said Andrew Harvey, a representative from the Office of County Supervisor and Board Vice Chair Nora Vargas.

Hundreds of participants gathered to enjoy live music, obstacle courses, opportunity drawings and Zumba classes. FHCSD and partnering organizations provided 16 education booths, free health screenings and onsite COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Family Health Centers of San Diego was founded over 50 years ago in the heart of San Diego’s Latino community,” said Fran Butler-Cohen, CEO of Family Health Centers of San Diego. “We feel honored to be recognized for providing health and wellness resources to support the communities we serve each day.”

Event attendee Mercedes Torres said she enjoyed stepping outdoors to connect with others and access health resources.

“I think it’s really nice to have the community get together and learn about services,” said Torres. “It’s all about coming out, being safe and supporting each other.”

Partner Spotlight: UnitedHealthcare

FHCSD would like to recognize and thank our friends at UnitedHealthcare for their many years of support. UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to serving the communities of San Diego and has recently contributed a grant of $100,000 to support FHCSD’s Tiger Team program.

The Tiger Team is a mobile health care team that focuses specifically on those hardest to reach, including the disabled, elderly or otherwise challenged, and those without resources. Our Tiger Team staff hit the road with their electric cars to help patients in their homes close gaps in their health care, ensuring that those who have a difficult time making it to their doctor can still access the care they need!

We thank UnitedHealthcare for their support and honor their contribution towards our Tiger Team!

Upcoming Events

Spirit of the Barrio Webinar
The Opioid Epidemic, featuring District Attorney Summer Stephan & Dr. Joe Sepulveda
Join us Friday, November 12 for our next Spirit of the Barrio webinar, The Opioid Epidemic with Dr. Joe Sepulveda, Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director for FHCSD’s Solutions for Recovery Behavioral Health Centers and Summer Stephan, District Attorney of San Diego.


Giving Tuesday
Save the date! Giving Tuesday is one month away! Grassroots generosity and community action are powerful forces for good, especially in turbulent times. GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that will take place on November 30, 2021.

Stay tuned for further messaging on how you can support FHCSD this Giving Tuesday.

Support FHCSD & Support New Parents

This month, please support new and expecting moms in need across San Diego with a gift to our Baby Boutique.

This innovative program was founded in 2010 as an initiative to encourage new moms to complete their postpartum care, including infant health education and care such as breastfeeding and nutrition, while helping them obtain essential baby items.

Your donation to the Baby Boutique supports FHCSD’s Prenatal Support Services and Post-Partum Education Center. Donate today!


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