A community-based coalition of volunteers initially funded by a Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and administered by the Florida State Department of Health.
Incorporated as Diabetes Coalition of St. Lucie County, Inc., 12/17/1998.
A Tax-Exempt Charitable 501(C)3 Corporation #65-0854299
5150 Milner Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Mr. Winston Hamilton
Voice: 772/873-4879 Pager: 772/343-3380
CHAIRPERSON: Frederick G. Schechter, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCP, FAAST, FACPM
VICE-CHAIRPERSON: Magdalene J. Chrulski, RD, LD
SECRETARY: Florence M. Hoot, RN. MS. CDE
TREASURER: Joseph L. Sindone, DPM
CHAIRPERSON, GRANT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE:
Joseph L. Sindone, DPM, FACFS
CHAIRPERSON, PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE: Florence Hoot, RN, MS, CDE
CHAIRPERSONS, OUTREACH COMMITTEE: Ms. Terry Fesler and Maria Seidel, RN, ARNP
ADMINISTRATOR, ST. LUCIE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, Diane Walgren, RNC, MS
HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM DIRECTOR, Helga
Dr. Schechter resigned as Chairman of the Board of Trustees as of
January 1, 2004
Dr. Schechter resigned as Chairman of the Board of Trustees as of January 1, 2004
On December 13, 2001 we were notified by The Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida that we are recipients of a two-year grant of $123,672
"...to support a community outreach demonstration program for diabetes education."
"Our first cycle produced 196 grant proposals totaling more than $24 million. We were pleased that there was so much interest in our goal to improve the health and well-being of uninsured and underserved Floridians." "Representatives from the Blue Foundation for a Health Florida would like to present the grant award to your organization in person at a time convenient for you."
"We will be posting the awards made this year on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida's website, www.bcbsfl.com in the 'Giving to Our Communities' section."
"Congratulations on being one of the first organizations selected to receive funding from the Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida." Susan B. Towler, APR, Executive Director
Press Release Archives:
Diabetes Coalition of St. Lucie County, Inc., Port St. Lucie
Grant requirements met: Health education and training
Geographic impact: Rural
Purpose: Educate a minority population that comprises about 15 percent of St. Lucie County. The project would train lay outreach workers to deliver health information about prevention, screening, early detection, self management and follow-up care for diabetes. It is expected to increase the participation of non-Hispanic blacks in health prevention activities, provide greater access to health education and improve the level of diabetes management by people with the disease. St. Lucie County has a higher than average African-American population with a death rate from diabetes 33 percent higher than for the white population. The lay health promoters would be based in hair and nail salons and churches and would collect information, monitor behavior of people with or at risk of having diabetes and recommend pursuit of treatment when appropriate.
We are a tax-exempt community-based corporation currently soliciting support for educational projects, personnel salaries, continued community screening, patient
identification, and community member and patient training programs.
All members of the Coalition are working members of either the Outreach Committee or the Professional Education Committee.
The stated purpose is to "...evaluate current standards of diabetic screening, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes mellitus in St. Lucie County, Florida. These standards will be compared to the latest Florida Diabetes Practice Guidelines and the American Diabetes Association: Clinical Practice Recommendations 1998, Diabetes Care,21 (Supplement), January, 1998; differences between the two will be delineated. Recommendations will be made where indicated to: a) upgrade the current standard of care through education of all health care providers and the community at large, and b) to assure full access to all citizens to the highest standard of diabetic care."
Current programs aim to enhance provider education and compliance as well as to reach out to mentor those whose education precludes self-care. An area of great concern is the issue of changing diets for individuals who in the real world cannot afford, financially, to deviate from their high carbohydrate diets. All the education is wasted if Community members find our advice irrelevant to their daily lives!
There is a large population of educated diabetics in St. Lucie County who practice a high level of self-care with professional guidance by their Physician and Certified Diabetic Nurse Educator (CDE). These diabetics test their blood sugar 4-5 times each day and generally use Humulog in an insulin pump or portable injector. They calculate their insulin needs using carbohydrate-counting, or less often, exchange lists in order to "cover" their meals. The new wave of oral drugs is commonly used by these diabetics to reduce insulin requirement or to completely eliminate their need for insulin altogether. Help for this self-treating population is aimed at 1) education involving the need for reduced carbohydrate in their diet, weight loss, blood pressure control, drugs, and insulin use, and 2) assuring availability of the drugs, modern insulin formulations, and insulin pump accessories in this Community at reasonable prices. Currently, many of these items have to be ordered through mail-order outlets because of the refusal of the drugstore chains to carry anything but what sells. If we are to move into the next phase of diabetic care-the drugstores have to take a leadership role towards what is a long-term good for the Community, not just what is good for them!
The Outreach Committee, has been very successful and sponsors or participates with other groups in broad-based diabetic screening programs. Increased participation by our Executive Director, Winston Hamilton, has enhanced penetration into the church lay-ministries of our county.
One goal, close to everyone's heart, is the development of a public school diabetes screening program--annually, for all children from kindergarten through high school.
This will require upgrading the availability of licensed RNs in the schools of St. Lucie County.
Under the expert guidance of our Executive Director, Mr. Winston Hamilton, and with the support of local Clergy, the Coalition has developed a "teach-the-teacher" program to orient professionals to then train participants in lay ministries for health and nutrition education at the community level.
Mr. Winston Hamilton, Executive Director, may be reached by telephone at:
All correspondence should be addressed to:
Mr. Winston Hamilton, Executive Director
Diabetes Coalition of St. Lucie County, Inc.
St. Lucie County Health Department
5150 Milner Drive (OFF MIDWAY)
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
If there is any question as to the location of a meeting or how to find the meeting place
please call Mr. Hamilton
This Website has been donated completely free of all costs or encumbrances to the St. Lucie County Diabetes Coalition, Incorporated, of St. Lucie County, Florida by Frederick G. Schechter, M.D.Thanks go to Mr. Mike Brown, President and CEO of Harbor Federal Bank, for his support of this endeavor through his donation of any and all banking costs generated by the Coalition.
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