Mission Statement

Mission Statement and Goals (English)

We believe that diabetes is a serious but preventable problem. Our mission is to prevent or delay diabetes and its complications by promoting public awareness, lifestyle changes, early detection and treatment, referral to resources, and education and support networks.

Beliefs and Values Guiding our Strategies:

  • Prevention Focus
  • Patient and Family Centered
  • Responsive to Community Needs
  • Culturally Relevant and Appropriate
  • Inclusive of All Types of Diabetes
  • Collaborative and Cooperative Partnerships among Health Agencies, Organizations and Community Members

Goals

  1. To develop community-based diabetes prevention programs particularly for members of high-risk groups such as overweight youths, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans.
  2. To modify lifestyle and environmental factors at individual, family, and community levels, to reduce the incidence of diabetes.
  3. To include information about diabetes in all school health curriculum in Santa Barbara County.
  4. To develop comprehensive community-based diabetes screening and referral programs.
  5. To collaborate in developing professional education programs about the prevention of type 2 diabetes and its complications.
  6. To develop community-based diabetes support systems that address cultural, emotional, spiritual, and physical health issues and needs.
  7. To develop a diabetes resource library, especially for low-literacy and Spanish-speaking community members.
  8. To advocate for health insurance coverage for diabetes education.

Current Activities and Objectives

Some of the programs and activities the DRC is actively engaged in include:

  • Promoting diabetes awareness programs, such as local educational initiatives, professional seminars, workshops and lectures, support groups as well as individual and family counseling, distribution of informational literature, health fairs, and the use of the media and other public forums.
  • Developing a cadre of well-trained, culturally sensitive student volunteers drawn from local colleges and universities. They will function as a local “Health Corps” helping our clients learn about diabetes– its warning signs and symptoms, its myths and misconceptions, and the coping strategies needed by some to simply get through the day.
  • Establishing a “Promotoras de Salud” program, enabling members of the community who have already received comprehensive training and passed a rigorous exam, to teach their friends and neighbors about diabetes. “Promotoras” programs have proven to be extremely effective in teaching people about diabetes prevention, management and control.
  • Continuing to be involved in events such as the “Back to School Fiesta” held at La Cumbre Middle School on October 4th, 2000, which featured music, dance, healthful culturally-based foods, information booths, and attendance by community leaders supporting our efforts.
  • Continuing to sponsor events such as the Health Fair held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church on November 19th, 2000, enabling us to meet members of the community in a non-clinical setting. We screened many parishioners for diabetes during the Fair, and referred those who were deemed at risk for further evaluation and possible treatment. We expect to hold at least eight Health Fairs and screenings per year.
  • Tabulating the results of these screenings and incorporating them into an ongoing study designed to more accurately predict and, thus, more effectively prevent the onset of diabetes.
  • Establishing a fitness center at La Cumbre Middle School to include exercise facilities, a dance program, classes in proper nutrition, and a homework helper/tutoring component.
  • Developing a 25 minute bilingual film about diabetes.