With the help of a federal planning grant through the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services' Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), St. James Healthcare established a community-wide diabetes program.
The goal of the program is to develop a network within the community and construct a central plan of action for those at risk of developing or previously diagnosed with diabetes.
Through the program, St. James Healthcare collaborates with organizations and health care providers dealing with diabetes in southwest Montana.
A Diabetes Prevention Program grant from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is designed to help prevent diabetes in those at risk through teaching people about nutrition and activities to prevent the onset of diabetes.
A variety of programs are sponsored by these grants through the St. James Healthcare Foundation:
Diabetes Support Group
Meets at St. James Healthcare on the third Thursday of each month to offer education and support to those living with diabetes.
Children & Family Support Group
Meets monthly at the hospital to provide support to children and families coping with specific problems related to youth with diabetes.
Diabetes Education Classes
Recognized by the American Diabetes Association, and funded by the Mother Xavier Ross Award, St. James Healthcare staff of dieticians and a Diabetes Coordinator offer comprehensive classes on all aspects of diabetes including pre-diabetes, Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
Walk N'Talk With A Doc
This weekly summer walking session brings people together with physicians to walk and talk about health concerns in an informal and heart-healthy setting.