The Center for Family Wellness brings equitable services to the underserved uninsured population who are disproportionately affected by obesity, prediabetes and diabetes since 2000. The program strives to improve the health outcomes and quality of life in our communities by addressing these chronic diseases by empowering individuals and families in their health. The services address the contextual factors that influence health and health behaviors and the incidence of chronic diseases through practical and community grounded strategies that address nutrition, physical activity, and overall well-being.
The patient-centered services delivered through individual consults and group sessions include:
- Medical Nutrition Therapy and coaching from a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
- Diabetes Management and coaching from a Certified Diabetes Educator
- Diabetes Self-management Education program accredited by American Association of Diabetes Educators
- Prevent T2, a CDC Preliminary Recognized Diabetes Prevention Program for adults
- Every Little Step Counts, an evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program for children, adolescents and their families
- Mentorship program for volunteers, students, and interns in health care related field, specifically Dietetics
If you are interested in participating in the education classes, please complete the registration form here. Las classes están disponibles en español.
Medical Nutrition Therapy and Diabetes Management
Patients in need of more intensive nutrition therapy are provided individualized consults. With the guidance from Certified Diabetes Educators and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, they work to set health priorities and goals to support their journey towards improved health.
Diabetes Self-Management Training
Individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can participate in a series of sessions that provide them the tools to improve their control of diabetes. The program facilitates concepts essential for successful and effective diabetes self-management as outlined by the American Association of Diabetes Educators 7 self-care behaviors and the American Diabetes Association Standards of Care.
Individuals at risk or diagnosed with prediabetes can participate in a yearlong evidence based lifestyle change program to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The sessions are built to empower participants with the knowledge to promote healthy eating strategies, physical activity, and emotional wellness. Participants build their self-efficacy and find social support to maintain lifelong healthy lifestyle changes.
Every Little Step Counts
Families with children and adolescents at risk for diabetes can participate in a diabetes prevention program. The evidence-based curriculum was developed by St. Vincent de Paul's Center for Family Wellness and enhanced by the support of our community partners. Families learn to make lifestyle changes together by improving eating habits, active time, and family communication and support around lifestyle change topics.
Volunteers, students, and interns, not only share their time and talents with the Center but they are provided the knowledge and mentorship to better help the vulnerable populations served at St. Vincent de Paul. We are committed to helping create the next generations of culturally grounded nutrition and health professionals. The Center's team acts as preceptors for the dietetics student interns from local and distance internship programs.
Our Center actively seeks to participate in health fairs, workshops, and events that reach out to the community with the intention to increase diabetes knowledge and identify individuals who can benefit from the services offered by the program.
Resources & Patient Education Library
SVdP partners with a number of institutions in order to practice evidence based medicine with innovative approaches to patient care, chronic disease management, system based practices and public health. The goal of all our research is to improve community health and aid in the diffusion of best practices.