During the 2018 Community Needs Assessment the need for a diabetes education/program was identified. The number of Diabetes patients in the Patterson Health Center service area continue to trend up. By adding this educational service, we will be able to prevent, detect and treat chronic complications. Our patients and families will learn how to manage their disease and improve their health. Our goal is to reduce the number of diabetics and improve health disparities, this will have a ripple effect by also improving other diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity to name a few.
Jill Robinson, RN will be coordinating this program at PHC. Jill was born in north central Oklahoma, Jill calls Newkirk her hometown and has a heart for rural health care. Her oldest daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 6. Jill was not a nurse at that time. She states, “I remember the anxiety of that diagnosis and all of the education that had to happen with everyone in the family.” “Diabetic Education played a huge role in our success in managing my daughter’s diabetes.” Jill’s goal is to bring a comprehensive Diabetes Self-Management program to Harper County and surrounding counties along with a new CDC program for Diabetic Prevention.
If you have any questions about the Diabetes Education, please call 620-914-1200 EXT 2405
We would like to thank the Harper County Community Foundations for the grant we received to support and promote this educational service that is needed in this community.