Diabetes and Chronic Diseases
At the Health Centre, we have a long history of providing education and health services for people with diabetes as well as those who are at risk of developing diabetes.
We believe that everyone with diabetes can learn to live well with diabetes – to manage medications, diet and activity in a way that feels right for you. Our diabetes care team – which includes certified diabetes educators, registered nurses, registered dietitians and a community worker – is here to help people with diabetes or pre-diabetes take good care of themselves!
We have experience serving those who face barriers to care such as language, culture, transportation or a low income. Our staff also provide diabetes care and prevention services to people with mental health issues and people who are homeless.
Our diabetes care team offers many monthly groups that will give participants reliable, up-to-date information about learning to care for themselves.
At these groups individuals can talk with others who may have the same concerns that they have. We are interested in participant questions and always leave a lot of time for discussion. Attendees are also welcome to bring a family member with them so that they can also ask questions.
Those who come to our groups regularly may also meet one-on-one with a diabetes educator, community worker, or dietitian about their diabetes.
Our diabetes services are free and open to the entire community. While some of our monthly groups are held at our Dundas Street location, many are held at other locations in the city such as community centres or places of worship (ex. London Gospel Temple, London Islamic Centre).
Translation is provided for those who do not speak English.
- Community Diabetes Program Fact Sheet 2013 (PDF – English)
- Community Diabetes Program Brochure 2013 (PDF – English)
For more information, or to learn the times and locations of our diabetes groups, please call our receptionist at (519) 660-0874 x 274, or click on one of the links below:
- Poster – Basic Diabetes Education Sept2010
- Poster – Black Canadian Community Sept2010
- Poster – Cambodian Community Sept2010
- Poster – Karen Community Sept2010
- Poster – London Gospel Template (Updated March2012)
- Poster – London Muslim Mosque Sept2010
- Poster – South Asian Community Sept2010
- Poster – Spanish Community Sept2010
- Poster – Spanish Community Sept2010 (Spanish)
Chronic Disease Self Management Groups
Several times each year the Health Centre offers a six week program referred to as a “chronic disease self management (CDSM) group.”
This program is for individuals who are living with the challenges of a chronic (ongoing) health concern. These chronic conditions include: pain, diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) or asthma – to name a few.
The purpose of these groups is to support people to “live well” with a chronic condition. Support is given in the areas of:
- Coping with pain and fatigue
- Managing difficult emotions
- Exercise and nutrition
- Communication, goal setting & problem solving
- Use of Medication
- Making informed treatment decisions
- Developing positive partnerships with health care professionals
The group is open to people with chronic conditions as well as those who care for them. Free child-minding is available if required. To find out when the next CDSM group is scheduled, please contact Shelly Happy, Community Worker, at (519) 660-0875 x254.