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"Helping Central Ohioans Thrive" is a picture of human services in Central Ohio. It incorporates program information and stories provided by the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County and its members as well as data and research collected by Community Research Partners. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is included in this report.
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 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.
                     
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Central Ohio Diabetes Association

Founded by a group of local physicians, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association has provided service to the Central Ohio community for 49 years. The agency is not affiliated with a national organization. It is a local not for profit 501(C)3, private agency with a direct service focus serving Franklin County and 10 outlying counties. There is no other community-based organization with a staff of Certified Diabetes Educators, nurses, dietitians and social workers providing direct services to local families.


Mission Statement

One in ten people in our community will develop diabetes. The Central Ohio Diabetes Association helps Central Ohioans living with diabetes detect their condition, prevent onset and complications, and learn to live well with the challenge of diabetes.
The Central Ohio Diabetes Association provides the following services to all individuals, regardless of ability to pay:
• Diabetes and nutrition education
• Community detection program to identify undetected or uncontrolled diabetes
• Camp and youth programs
• Community outreach programs to high-risk populations
• Financial resources information and emotional support programs


How is the Central Ohio Diabetes Association Unique?


• The Central Ohio Diabetes Association is the only community-based organization providing diabetes education services provided by a staff of Certified Diabetes Educators, nurses, dietitians and licensed social workers to all individuals regardless of ability to pay.
• The agency offers one of only a few American Diabetes Association Recognized diabetes education programs in Central Ohio.
• Over 70% of clients counseled are unable to pay for education services rendered; the camp program provides financial aid to 50% of campers.
• The agency works closely with the American Diabetes Association and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The American Diabetes Association works in the arenas of public policy/advocacy, public awareness, research funding and public education. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation raises money to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. The agency works closely with the local affiliates of ADA and JDRF to avoid duplication of service, to build collaborative programs and to ensure efficient use of resources.
• The agency serves more than 32,000 people annually through extensive outreach efforts to special populations and underserved communities.
• One hundred percent of the funding comes from this community and remains in this community to provide services to local people.