Empowering patients through education.
Ensuring access to cost-effective diabetes care.
Improving job satisfaction for healthcare workers.
Designing and implementing diabetes prevention and management programs
Developing healthcare software applications
Designing and implementing diabetes education programs
Indigenous community based diabetes prevention and management
Although medical therapy is important, long-term diabetes control also depends on the choices patients make about diet, physical activity, and other health-related behavior. These choices are based on patients’ knowledge about their disease, their ability to monitor it, and their motivation to self-management behavior; hence the importance of diabetes education and user friendly management tools. Moreover, facts about diabetes, how to manage it, and its potential health complications should be presented to the patient at the time he or she is diagnosed.
DTFS in association with BC Endocrine Research Foundation have developed a comprehensive multicultural diabetes education program, it is available as a web-based program and in DVD and CD-ROM format. Live Well with Diabetes addresses the culture aspects that motivates people to manage their health in Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Farsi, Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.
The purpose of “Live Well with Diabetes” is to provide a combination of diabetes knowledge and self-management skills as well as heightened self-awareness regarding health, beliefs, needs, and goals. Individuals with diabetes can use this knowledge to make informed decisions about their behavior and act for their self-care. Family and friends can also gain understanding thereby providing a solid support network for the individual with diabetes.
DTFS team has organized more than 20 diabetes awareness and screening events for the First Nations communities in British Columbia. These events are community gatherings designed to share knowledge regarding diabetes between healthcare professionals and community members. It is also an opportunity for community members to be screened for diabetes. Screening tests include random glucose. If the result is higher than 8 mmols/l, or if they have known diabetes, the A1c is tested By Point-of Care testing. Other tests were available included blood pressure, BMI, and lipids to complete a Metabolic Syndrome profile. These events were carried out with the association of BC Ministry of Healthy Living and Sports, health authorities and local healthcare communities.
Diabetes Task Force provides:
Working together to improve diabetes care