A1C Analyzers to Improve Health Outcomes for People Experiencing Homelessness and Mental Illness

 

Grantee: Sound
Timeframe: January 2022 – August 2022 | Amount: $18,850

The project is to purchase A1C blood analyzers and testing supplies for four Primary Care clinics, for fast point-of-care analysis and support to low-income individuals who are homeless and/or have mental health issues or substance use disorders.

With onsite A1C analysis, patients in need of A1C analysis will receive quick onsite A1C results at their original time of service. Thus, they will learn at the same appointment and within minutes if they have elevated A1C levels. If they do, their primary care provider will offer immediate steps they can take to reduce their risk of diabetes if they are pre-diabetic; or, manage their diabetes. These steps include modifying their diet to include less sugar, more fiber, and more nutrient-rich foods; exercise; modification of psychiatric medications; and insulin initiation and management.

With appropriate treatment, people experiencing homelessness and people with thought disorders and substance use disorders can manage elevated blood sugar and minimize the risk of negative outcomes. Without appropriate treatment, the risks are serious. Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can increase the risk of nerve damage, heart disease, kidney damage, eye damage, and skin conditions. For the people experiencing housing instability, thought disorders, and/or substance use disorders who we serve, learning as soon as possible about elevated A1C levels will reduce the risk of these debilitating conditions.

About Our Grantee

Sound

Sound’s mission is to strengthen community and improve the lives of clients by delivering excellent health and human services tailored to meet their needs. Since Sound’s 1966 founding, they have served this mission by offering primarily low-income people a broad continuum of holistic wellness and recovery oriented behavioral health programs.

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