We served nearly 3,000 individuals through diabetes self-management and prevention, blood glucose meter training, healthy lifestyle management, fitness, nutrition, and cooking demonstrations.
We screened over 8,700 people for diabetes at 615 events in central Ohio; 18% had abnormal blood glucose levels and 30% of those clients were linked with diabetes education and medical care.
We continued to provide services and programs to all individuals, regardless of ability to pay. Nearly 70% of clients served were uninsured or under-insured. Our camp program provided financial aid to 55% of campers.
We will increase access to community-based diabetes prevention and detection programs, affordable diabetes education, and lifestyle support programs to help low-income and uninsured citizens reduce their risk for diabetes and its complications.
We will utilize the results of a community needs assessment to determine the needs of those in the community who are affected directly or indirectly by the disease in order to guide the agency's programs and services going forward.
We will develop, expand, coordinate, and integrate new diabetes services to better meet the need for lifelong diabetes education and ongoing support.
The Central Ohio Diabetes Association has provided direct services to the central Ohio community for 51 years. The agency is not affiliated with a national organization. The agency's goal is to reduce diabetes-related death and disability in the community. Our vision is to reduce the high rate of diabetes-related complications and mortality in central Ohio.
To accomplish this, we will: 1) guarantee that our services remain accessible and available to all regardless of ability to pay; 2) provide state-of-the-art comprehensive services to people with diabetes; 3) emphasize prevention and early detection; 4) raise awareness of healthcare professionals regarding resources available to people with diabetes; and 5) pursue endeavors that guarantee earned income for mission services. Every program is designed to help people with diabetes detect and control their condition, and prevent onset and complications due to diabetes. Service is provided to all persons regardless of their ability to pay.
We enjoy strong working relationships with the United Way of Central Ohio, local health departments, Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers, YMCA, Breathing Association, Franklin County, private physicians, and the community-at-large. Through our program in diabetes prevention and detection, we provide screenings and outreach services, linkages and referrals for medical supplies, education, primary healthcare, case management, and counseling. In addition to our diabetes prevention and detection program, we provide diabetes and nutrition education; training and support to churches; outreach services for minority and low-income communities; youth and camping programs for children and families with diabetes; training for lay educators and lifestyle coaches; and volunteer training for over 500 volunteers annually. Our camp program for kids with diabetes has been operating for 48 years.
Our agency is unique in our community because we are the only diabetes education program in Franklin County that provides services to everyone regardless of ability to pay. Our diabetes education program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and is overseen by our education and medical advisory committees. We are also the only major diabetes organization located in Columbus that is an independent organization, operated and governed by a local board that responds to current and emerging community needs; dedicated solely to addressing the issue of diabetes in our local community; and staffed by clinicians. All the money raised here stays here to provide essential education and support services to the community. The agency is seen as a leader in diabetes services and focuses on best practices for delivering diabetes detection and education services.
I am pleased to serve as the board president of the Central Ohio Diabetes Association. My family is affected by the devastating complications of diabetes. I know and understand the tremendous need for diabetes detection and education, and believe the agency does a great job of providing those services to our community. The board of directors is comprised of physicians, healthcare professionals, business professionals, and lay persons whose families and friends have been affected by diabetes. This dedicated group provides direction and oversight to the agency, ensures that the agency's day-to-day operations are well managed, and that the agency operates with a clearly defined strategic plan. The agency has consistently achieved 100% compliance on the United Way governance and management self-evaluation and has met 100% of the Better Business Bureau standards for charitable accountability.
Laura Moskow Sigal is CODA's interim executive director. Prior to this, Laura was the executive director of Mental Health America of Franklin County (MHAFC) for 25 years. Under her direction, MHAFC grew from a staff of 2.5 to 13 full-time employees. She took the lead role in the formation of the coalition of 28 statewide mental health and recovery organizations known as the Coalition for Healthy Communities. Laura worked to ensure that collaboration efforts in the area of mental health across the state were successfully accomplished. Prior to taking the position at MHAFC, Laura served as the executive director of Children’s Hunger Alliance and was the development, finance, and interim director of CHOICES for eight years.
Laura has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in public administration from The Ohio State University. She is a licensed social worker and has worked in the nonprofit field for 39 years.
Roy Bobbitt is the director of programs and services. He has a Master of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration and is licensed as an independent social work supervisor. Mr. Bobbitt joined the Central Ohio Diabetes Association in 2006 to lead the direct services team and coordinate those services with other departments within the organization. The direct services team is staffed with nurses, dieticians, and social workers. The team conducts diabetes screenings in the community, provides medical and nutritional education to people diagnosed or at-risk for diabetes, and provides case management and linkages for those needing additional services from outside the agency. In addition, the team runs a diabetes camp for children and provides continuing education for clinical professionals in the community.
Patricia Hoffmannbeck has been with the Central Ohio Diabetes Association for 22 years. She has a varied amount of experience with the organization where she began as a secretary and bookkeeper. Ms. Hoffmanbeck has a bachelor's degree in accounting and forensic accounting, and was recognized as the agency's Employee of the Year in 1992, 2002, and 2006. The Outstanding Staff Member of the Year Award is named in her honor.
Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers; Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center; YMCA Active Ohio; Columbus Public Health/Physicians Free Clinic; Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging; Mid-Ohio Foodbank; OSU Department of Nutrition, Fisher College of Business, and College of Medicine; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; American Diabetes Association; Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Franklin County; and NNEMAP.
Residential/Day Camp Facilities
American Camp Association (ACA) - Accreditation
American Diabetes Association - Accreditation
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance - Organization
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member
National Independent Diabetes Association - Member
Currently, 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, yet more than one-fourth do not even know it. An additional 79 million have pre-diabetes. In central Ohio, an estimated 220,000 individuals have diabetes, 40% of whom are unaware of it. Undiagnosed and uncontrolled diabetes are major health threats that can lead to complications such as heart and kidney disease. In the United States, diabetes is the leading cause of preventable blindness, kidney failure, and amputations. Each year, our screenings discover over 1,300 people with high blood-sugar levels and link them to medical and educational services. Those at risk for developing diabetes are educated about the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how to reduce their risk. Last year, we screened over 8,700 individuals at 615 locations. Once detected, the Central Ohio Diabetes Association helps those affected learn to manage their condition; prevent complications; and live a full, healthy life.
Diabetes is a serious chronic condition, but one that can be managed. Successful management by maintaining blood-sugar levels in a normal range can decrease the severity of diabetes and reduce the risk of heart disease, preventable blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, and other complications. Properly managing diabetes requires lifestyle changes; blood glucose monitoring; and learning how to balance diet, exercise, and medication. Education is the key. The Diabetes Education Center helps individuals overcome these challenges. Our diabetes self-management education program has been awarded recognition by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. We offer a comprehensive class series, nutrition-counseling sessions, a lifestyle management prevention class, meter training, cooking classes, grocery store tours, one-on-one case management, and emergency supplies.
Since 1968, more than 7,400 kids have attended the Central Ohio Diabetes Association's summer residential camp for youth with diabetes ages 7-17. Camp Hamwi has been in existence for 48 years and is accredited by the American Camping Association. Camp Hamwi allows children to enjoy a traditional camp experience while participating in diabetes education and lifestyle management activities. Children learn self-care skills, such as testing blood sugars, carbohydrate counting, managing insulin pumps, and giving insulin injections. Camp also helps parents network with one another and, most importantly, provides much needed opportunities for children with diabetes who often feel isolated to develop friendships and to give and rdeceive much needed peer support. We also offer a day camp for children ages 3-7 and 8-12 that is accredited by the American Camping Association, as well as year-round youth programming.
We have a board-designated fund, as well as a strong governance structure that includes executive, finance, and audit committees who ultimately report to the board. These committees provide fiscal oversight and monitor the agency's operating budget. An additional committee assists management to create, review, and implement a five-year budget plan to eliminate the operating deficit and ensure the agency is well-positioned financially to meet our strategic goals.
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