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Center for Health Equity, Summa Health System, receives funding from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health.

Center for Health EquitySumma Health System’s (SHS) Center for Health Equity (CHE) has received funding from the Ohio Commission on Minority Health to implement a Diabetes Risk Reduction Intervention Program.  The two year grant awarded to SHS will be overseen by E. Demond Scott MD, Executive Director for Health Equity.  Billi Copeland King JD, MPA, Director of the CHE, is the Administrative Director of the project. 

This project enhances service delivery by developing and combining new program components in a coordinated, long term, systematic manner to reduce risk factors related to lifestyle. The intervention will be structured around the framework of a program called The SWEET Life:  Steps to Wellness through Education, Empowerment, and Transformation. This program will provide education, psychosocial support, behavioral health interventions, personal coaching and diet and exercise classes over a seven month time frame.  This program is novel in that participants are treated as a whole person by addressing the cognitive, affective, and behavioral factors that act as barriers to adopting sustainable healthy behaviors.  The components of the program are based on input from members of the community and therefore reflect the communities’ values and beliefs.  Through the three phases of the program (education, empowerment, transformation) participants will engage in classes, workshops, and peer led sessions to develop and maintain behaviors to meet the program goal of reducing their risk of developing diabetes.  The objectives of the program are to increase knowledge about risk factors, prevention and consequences of diabetes, increase feelings of empowerment and self-efficacy in relation to lifestyle modifications, increase adoption of healthy behaviors, and achieve and maintain reductions in clinical indicators such as weight, waist circumference and A1C levels.

The project is currently open for enrollment to men and non pregnant women over 18 years of age who are willing to make small lifestyle changes.  Participants must be at risk for diabetes, but not yet have the disease.  The program lasts 26 weeks and provides tools participants can use to implement lifestyle changes.  To learn more about the program, call Billi Copeland King, JD, MPA at 330-865-5366.