Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George’s County Health Department and Doctors Community Hospital’s Joslin Diabetes Center Collaborate to Offer Free Diabetes Screenings and Education to Residents

For Immediate Release: 3/21/2013 12:00 PM

Contact: Dellia Hawthorne-Williams, Public Information Officer, Prince George's County Health Department /Office 301-883-7835/Mobile 240-417-8443

LARGO, MD— Prince George’s County Health Department, in collaboration with Doctors Community Hospital’s Joslin Diabetes Center, will launch the ‘On the Road’ Diabetes Outreach Program to raise awareness about the importance of diabetes screenings, management and prevention.

“We are thrilled to partner with the renowned Joslin Diabetes Center at Doctors Community Hospital to serve our residents where they live, work and play,” said Pamela B. Creekmur, Health Officer, Prince George’s County Health Department. “This community based approach will bring diabetes education directly to the residents that are impacted the most.”

Starting Wednesday, April 10, these organizations will offer free diabetes education and screenings at convenient Prince George’s County locations, including community centers, faith-based organizations, health clinics and other localities. During the two-hour sessions, people who have diabetes will learn how to make lifestyle changes that can minimize the associated health risks. Also, their families, friends and caregivers are invited to learn more about the management of this disease.

As healthcare leaders in Prince George’s County, both the Prince George’s County Health Department and Doctors Community Hospital are committed to empowering community members to improve their health and the quality of their lives. The inaugural ‘On the Road’ Diabetes Programs will be held:

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Prince George’s County Health Department

Cheverly Health Center

3003 Hospital Drive
Room 1088

Cheverly, Maryland 20785

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Doctors Community Hospital

Professional Office Building

8118 Good Luck Road

First Floor Conference Room

Lanham, Maryland 20706

In Prince George’s County, more than 103,000 people are living with diabetes. When diabetes is not timely diagnosed or properly managed, it can cause kidney disease, heart disease, nerve damage and many other complications.

“With diabetes being such a major issue in Prince George’s County, the hospital’s Joslin Diabetes Center, in collaboration with the Health Department, furthers our joint commitment to not only treat, but to also educate the community about this disease,” stated Paul Grenaldo, Chief Operating Officer at Doctors Community Hospital. “This comprehensive ‘On the Road Diabetes Program’ is one of the hospital’s many outreach initiatives geared towards saving lives, improving health and strengthening our community.”

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. For additional information about the ‘On the Road’ Diabetes Outreach Program or to register please call 301-883-7828.