To address the growing threat from diabetes and hypertension in our local communities, we discovered that people who lacked health care access needed longer term support to manage chronic disease and that gave rise to initiatives such as the Health Coach program at Americares Free Clinic in Danbury CT
Diabetes and hypertension can lead to serious health problems, often leading to disability and death. With the growing crisis of chronic disease in the United States and around the world, particularly in developing countries, Americares is providing critical resources for local health care providers to prevent, manage and treat these major health threats.
At our Family Clinic in El Salvador, the staff tirelessly pursue educational outreach programs to help the community prevent and manage chronic disease such as diabetes and hypertension. And in Americares Free Clinics in Connecticut, we have introduced a health coach program as part of a comprehensive approach to good health management for the uninsured. Good health is more than just meds.
In our response to disasters around the world, one of our first concerns has been providing health care access for people managing chronic disease such as hypertension and diabetes.
Treating chronic disease after a disaster or in communities with little or no access to health care continues to be a major focus of our work. Read about providing health care during a crisis.