WIRELESS ZONE FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTES TO DIABETES EDUCATION CLASSES AT WINDHAM HOSPITAL
The Windham Hospital Foundation today announced that the Wireless Zone Foundation has provided a grant of $1,000 to assist the hospital in providing translation services for Latino women and men attending diabetes education classes. Conversation maps will be used to highlight the importance of diet, exercise, monitoring, medication, and to better understand the definitions of diabetes. Each map is culturally specific to the Latino population including food and activities that are unique to their culture.
“These maps have been well received by Latino patients in the past and we look forward to using this technique to discuss the myths and facts about diabetes thanks to this support from the Wireless Zone Foundation,” noted Karen Barbone, Coordinator of Diabetes Education at Windham Hospital.
During a recent community health needs assessment in Windham County, 71 percent of focus group respondents indicated there were too few diabetes education/services in this region. A telephone survey also cited a higher incidence of diabetes in Windham County than the statewide average: 17.8 percent as opposed to 8.9 percent (DPH Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, 2010).
“The Wireless Zone Foundation for Giving is pleased to support Windham Hospital again this year as this project meets our goal of supporting programs and organizations dedicated to improving the communities in which we operate and live,” said Susan Suhr, President and Director.
The Wireless Zone Foundation is a collaborative giving program that offers grants to charitable organizations from donations by Wireless Zone franchisees, employees and friends.
Windham Hospital is a 130-bed acute care hospital serving thousands of people in northeastern Connecticut. For nearly 80 years, Windham Hospital has been renowned for its outstanding physicians and extraordinary nursing care and today offers a unique combination of talent and technology in patient care as a member of Hartford HealthCare, Connecticut’s premier healthcare system.