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Diabetes Mini Clinics

Program Type: Local Effort - Programs and/or activities that have not been evaluated but are identified by local programs as producing positive results.

Description:
Since January of 2009 the Peter Christensen Diabetes Management Program has been providing mini clinic appointments for patients, on the diabetes registry according to the patients birth month. Mini clinics are held on the 1st Thursday of every other month from 8:30-11:00 AM , and 1:00-3:00 PM. Staff includes: administrative assistant, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator [RD, CDE], Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator [RN, CDE], Nurse tobacco cessation specialist, optical and dental. Two weeks prior to the appointment the patients chart is reviewed, and health tab is updated [to determine what health indicators, such as labs or optical are needed], letters are sent to all patients whose birthday is the current month or the month before or after [Aug/Sept, Oct/Nov, Dec./ Jan, etc]inviting them to participate and when their appointment time is. Patients are encouraged to call if the appointment time does not work and they will be scheduled at another time during the day or on another day with one of the CDEs. Transportation is also available through contract health if that is a barrier for the patient. When a patient arrives for their appointment [1] they check in with the administrative person who gives them forms to complete that include a health history, physical activity assessment and depression screen][2] the patient is seen by the RD, CDE who takes height, weight and calculates Body Mass Index [BMI] and reviews the patients usual intake and answers and nutrition questions the patient may have, if the patient is due [on their health tab] for optical they will go to optical to be seen, or schedule and appointment, next they will see the RN, CDE who takes further vitals [Blood Pressure, pulse, etc], provides patient with a new meter if they need one, and demonstrates use, patient will then see the Nurse who will provide smoking cessation education if requested and immunizations, as needed, next the patient will see the dental hygienist who will educate the patient on dental health and schedule an appointment with the dentist, if needed, next the patient will see the podiatry nurse who will do a complete foot exam. Patient will then check out with the RD, CDE, the patients health tab will be updated, and any needed appointments such as with their primary care provider will be scheduled. The total time for a patient to go through all stations is approximatelly 1-2 hours.

Age Group(s):
Adolescents, Adults, Elderly

Site Type(s):
Clinic/Health Center

Health Indicator(s):
Diabetes

Service Area:
Bemidji

Keyword(s):
SDPI

URL: N/A

Name: Hope Williams
Site or Location Name: Peter Christensen Health Center
Address:
129 Old Abe Road
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538
USA
Email: hwilliams@pchclinic.com
Phone: 715-588-3371 ext. 1903