New Jersey NEWS

Mayor McCormac of Woodbridge Township Interacts with People with Diabetes at Evergreen Senior Center

12/16/2015
Mayor John E. McCormac of Woodbridge Township recently visited a graduating class of nineteen New Jersey residents and senior citizens of Stanford’s evidence-based Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) at Evergreen Senior Center in Colonia.
 

EDC LogoDSMP is part of the Everyone with Diabetes Count (EDC) program, a national initiative funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and coordinated in New Jersey by Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network. It consists of an interactive six-week workshop where individuals learn about diet and exercise, medication management, effective communication with healthcare providers, and more.
 
Group PictureIn New Jersey, only 42 percent of adults with diabetes have received education about managing their disease. Mayor McCormac is aware of these statistics and acknowledges that diabetes is an important public health issue in Woodbridge Township and statewide.
 
“Diabetes is becoming more and more prevalent,” said Mayor McCormac, “People are trying to prevent it.”
 
Mayor McCormac hopes more legal municipalities throughout NJ can get involved in DSMP facilitation.
 
“Our goal is to reach far more people,” Mayor McCormac continued.
 
Mayor PictureThe Mayor is dedicated to providing free health services to those in his community. In addition to participating in diabetes programs, the township provides free mammograms, blood pressure screenings, health fairs and more.
 
“I loved the workshop and would absolutely do it again,” said Christy, a participant of the diabetes workshop at Evergreen Senior Center.
 
The nineteen workshop graduates learned a lot from each other and formed a special bond after spending six weeks together.
 
“I now have the confidence that I can do this,” said Sandi, another workshop participant.
 
Prior to the workshop, she was fairly well-informed about diabetes. But, after receiving support from others in the workshop and knowing she wasn’t alone, she gained the self-assurance she needed to take that next step in controlling her disease.
 
Mayor McCormac personally handed out specialized certificates with his citation to the graduates of the Evergreen Senior Center workshop. The Mayor took the time to interact and congratulate each participant. Workshop participants then gave the Mayor a card and pastries to thank him for his support of the class and his efforts in the community.

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network supports the facilitation of DSMP workshops throughout NJ.  If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, contact Karen Hale, Outreach Coordinator, at (732) 955-8148 or khale@hqsi.org.