Central Ohio Diabetes Association Recognized by MACC at Annual Gala
The Central Ohio Diabetes Association was named one of five finalists for the Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence (MACC) 2014 “Enlightened Kaleidoscope” award. The winner was announced at MACC’s Cultural Kaleidoscope Gala that was held at the Ohio History Center in Columbus, Ohio. The award recognizes innovation, leadership and commitment to cultural competence, health equity and the diversity and uniqueness of Ohio’s people.
The Central Ohio Diabetes Association was nominated by Pam Shields of CareSource for the work the Detection and Outreach program does in in the community headed by Director Da Vida Lyles. The agency was selected as a finalist for this prestigious award, out of approximately 40 organizations in Central Ohio and others statewide.
Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. (MACC) established the "Enlightened Kaleidoscope” award in 2006, to recognize individuals and organizations who exemplify innovation, leadership and commitment to cultural competence, health equity and the diversity of needs and uniqueness of Ohioans. Nominations for the award are submitted by MACC members, community partners and individuals.
Since 2003, MACC has served as one of the nation’s first and the only statewide organization dedicated to the development of cultural competence strategies and solutions to improve health care outcomes.
“This Gala is an important community celebration of our distinct ethnic and cultural styles and tastes,” said Charleta B. Tavares, MACC Executive Director. “Celebrating diversity is a great way to remove barriers to incorporating cultural competence throughout Ohio’s health care organizations.”
One in 10 people in our community will develop diabetes. Since 1964, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association has helped Central Ohioans with diabetes to detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is an independent non-profit organization that has provided services to people with diabetes in Central Ohio regardless of their ability to pay for 50 years.