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Diabetes Wellness Program

The Diabetes Wellness Program at the Brownsville Community Culinary Center
 
The mission of the BCCC’s Diabetes Wellness Project (DWP) is to provide resources to the residents of Brownsville who live with diabetes, pre-diabetes, or those at high-risk to develop diabetes. The DWP seeks to target those least likely to access the resources necessary to prevent diabetes or to prevent its most serious consequences. This free service is intended to be an agent of intervention and advocacy to assist Brownsvillians in prevention of the disease, as well as maintenance of good health practices related to diabetes.

The DWP services will span four essential areas (ABCD) for prevention and diabetes control: Access to healthy food, Brooklyn Community Services social services, Clinical care connection, and Diabetes education and social support.

1. Access to Healthy Food: The BCCC’s meal production facility will ensure that residents with diabetes have access to healthy food. DWP participants will be encouraged to participate in a free meal program that offers African diaspora inspired ready-to-eat meals, conducive to the lifestyle of Brownsvillians.  These meals have been created with Collective Fare Catering and our nutritionist and are within 20% of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) nutrition standards for calories, sodium, carbohydrates, and sugars.

2.Brooklyn Community Services--Social Services (BCS): BCS (https://wearebcs.org) will provide and make referrals for social service programs for all enrolled participants based on the results of their social needs screening. They will also provide social work case management, domestic abuse counseling, housing, and financial literacy support.

3. Clinical Connections and Support: Our Community Health Worker (CHW) will ensure that participants are receiving routine diabetes care with a primary care provider and support participants in accessing diabetes-related health services (e.g., endocrinology, eye exams, dental care, mental health) and taking medications as prescribed by their provider.  The CHW will also conduct a social needs screening for all enrolled program participants. 

4. Diabetes Education and Social Support: Our Peer Health Educator will engage community members in group and individual sessions in diabetes self-management education and support, following an evidence-based curriculum. Group classes will foster diabetes self-management skills (e.g., diet, physical activity, blood glucose monitoring, medication adherence) social support and peer learning.