2014-10-01 / Other Jenkins News

Jenkins County Diabetes Coalition (JCDC)

The Jenkins County Diabetes Coalition (JCDC) was established in 2009 to address diabetes prevention and management in Jenkins County. The work of the organization has been funded by grants through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).

During its existence in the community, JCDCs membership has included health practitioners, retired educators, law enforcement, clergy, elected officials, students and a crosssection of community persons. Leadership for the organization has been coordinated through the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health – Georgia Southern University, and the Georgia Society for Public Health Education.

Diabetes is a very serious disease that affects nearly every system in the body. It makes other serious health problems more common, such as heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, and vision loss. The research shows that 90% of cases of type 2 diabetes can be prevented with life-style changes. As of 2012, 12.8% of the population in Jenkins County has diabetes (CDC, 2012). The hospital visitation rate for diabetes is 2.2 times higher than the state average, making Jenkins County the 4th highest of the 159 counties in Georgia.

Local faith-based organizations, non-profit organizations, service-based organizations, businesses, government agencies and community members are invited to join this initiative to reduce diabetes in Jenkins County.

For additional information, contact: Pam Dwight (706) 526- 3057

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