Hackensack University Medical Center, a part of Hackensack Meridian Health, has launched a diabetes prevention program in Garfield, using a $200,000 grant it received from the Russell Berrie Foundation.
HUMC, in conjunction with the Garfield Department of Health, will implement the Centers for Disease Control’s “Prevent T2,” an evidence-based prevention program, to educate and treat city residents on diabetes, primarily underserved older adults who are at risk for type 2 diabetes. It will also work with local organizations including the City of Garfield Housing Authority, Greater Bergen Community Action and Meals with a Mission.
The grant, which was awarded as of July 1, will support a three-year initiative, beginning with three months of planning prior to the launch of the program at an event in Garfield.
The program will be overseen by Joanne Wendolowski, a registered nurse at HUMC and part of the hospital’s Health Awareness Region Program.