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Diabetes Partnership to End. Immediate Goal Is To Launch New Groups to Operate Summer Camp, Community Programs

The Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland is taking the difficult step of dissolving our organization in its present form to rethink how best to deliver services and support in the current healthcare environment.  We want to help people with diabetes and their families across Northeast Ohio in a way that makes sense and makes the best use of the volunteer energy, community engagement and financial support we’ve had in the past – and hope to continue in the future.

We’re looking for smart, passionate people ready to launch two separate groups that would oversee Camp Ho Mita Koda, the annual summer camp for children with diabetes, and our community programs that include insulin distribution and ongoing self-management education and support for living with the chronic disease. This is a painful decision but we also believe it is the right decision to find a better way forward.

That way forward begins immediately, with two meetings designed to gain community support and gather ideas.

A meeting for those interested in saving and operating the community programs was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at the Partnership offices in Beachwood, at 3601 S. Green Road. Community programs have included services for adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, such as emergency insulin distribution, health and wellness programs on nutrition, and self-management education and support programs.

Community Programming Meeting Re-Cap
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A meeting for people interested in saving and operating the summer programs at Camp Ho Mita Koda in Newbury for children with pre-diabetes as well as type 1 or type 2 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, April 24 at the camp, 14040 Auburn Road.

 

Camp Programs Meeting
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We realize that a dramatic step like this prompts many questions. Please see our Q&A, also on this website. With live link.  You also can see the news release that we’ve sent to local media outlets here. With live link.  We welcome additional questions and comments. Contact Tom Bennett, our executive director, at 216-591-0800 or tbennett@diabetespartnership.org.

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