Arizona Diabetes Alliance Answers Critical Call to Communicate Seriousness of Disease

TUCSON, Ariz. – (Oct. 29, 2010) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sounded the alarm in October about the rising incidence of diabetes in the United States.

Here in Tucson, health care providers are well aware of the prevalence and consequences among a growing at-risk population. In September, an unprecedented regional initiative to prevent diabetes emerged. The Arizona Diabetes Alliance is a unique partnership formed among Carondelet Health Network, Pima County, University Physicians Healthcare and the University of Arizona.

The group’s mission is simple, but powerful: Coordinate a significant regional effort to prevent diabetes in those at risk and improve the lives of individuals living with the disease. “There are a little more than 500,000 Arizonans living with diabetes,” says Harold Szerlip, MD, professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. “As healthcare providers and community partners, it is our mission to join resources and collaborate effectively to fight the battle of diabetes in Arizona.”

Beginning Nov. 3, the Alliance will host a series of educational classes and health screenings in conjunction with Diabetes Awareness Month in November. Adults 18 years and older are encouraged to come to any of the following locations to receive blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, as well as information on the treatment and prevention of diabetes.

 Pima County Abrams Building
 3950 S. Country Club Rd.
 (See below)
 Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital
 Diabetes Care Center
 350 N. Wilmot Rd.
 (See below)
 Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital
 Diabetes Care Center
 1601 W. St. Mary’s Rd.
 (See below)
 Thursday, Nov. 4
 Screenings: 8 – noon
 Educational Class: 10 a.m. – noon

 Wednesday, Nov. 3
 Screenings: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
 Educational Class: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
 Thursday, Nov. 4
 Screenings: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
 Educational Classes: 
         English 1 – 3 p.m. 
         Spanish 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
 Saturday, Nov. 6
 Screenings: 8 a.m. – noon
 Educational Class: 10 a.m. – noon

 Wednesday, Nov. 10
 Screenings: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
 Educational Class: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
 Thursday, Nov. 11
 Screenings: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
 Educational Classes: 
         English 1 – 3 p.m. 
         Spanish 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
   Wednesday, Nov. 17
 Screenings: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
 Educational Class: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

 Thursday, Nov. 18
 Screenings: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
 Educational Classes: 
         English 1 – 3 p.m. 
         Spanish 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
   Wednesday, Nov. 24
 Screenings: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
 Educational Class: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
 

“The Arizona Diabetes Alliance intends to become an invaluable resource for this community, addressing the alarming growth rate of patients in Tucson and Southern Arizona,” said Donna Zazworsky, Carondelet Health Network Vice President for Community Health & Continuum Care. “Carondelet has been a significant resource for Southern Arizonans living with diabetes for the past 25 years. Partnering with our fellow health care colleagues in this community to battle this epidemic is simply the right thing to do. Making a difference of this kind is a major part of our Mission to Heal.”

The Arizona Diabetes Alliance aims to achieve its goal to prevent diabetes and improve the lives of people living with diabetes through a variety of community outreach efforts. There will be wellness and prevention workshops, workforce development and educational seminars, and new efforts in patient care.

About Diabetes
  • Diabetes cases in the United States are rising at an alarming rate, according to the CDC, which estimates by 2050, as many as one-third of all American adults could have diabetes (October 2010).
  • In 2007, it was the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. These new estimates account for higher census figures for minorities and the elderly, groups that generally have a higher rate of Type 2 diabetes.
  • One out of every three children born today will face a future with diabetes
  • Currently, 24 million American adults and children are living with diabetes and an additional 57 million Americans are at risk.
Media outlets with additional questions regarding the Arizona Diabetes Alliance partnership can contact Carondelet’s Media Liaison, Lisa Contreras, at 520-349-1845.

The Arizona Diabetes Alliance is a unique partnership among Carondelet Health Network, Pima County, the University of Arizona and University Physicians Healthcare. The mission is simple but powerful; coordinate an unprecedented regional initiative to prevent diabetes and improve the lives of individuals living with diabetes. This mission will be accomplished through wellness and prevention, patient care, diabetes self management, research and workforce development and education. The Alliance was formed in September 2010.