Cornbelt Diabetes Connection
In addition, CDC is affiliated with the Diabetes Education of the Midlands (DECM) to provide diabetes classes where those that would not have otherwise had access to such classes. These classes have shown good results with corresponding reductions in patient weight and A1C blood glucose levels.
The third leg of the CDC diabetes efforts is the crisis intervention program which is also conducted in affiliation with DECM. This program offers emergency diabetic medications to desperate applicants for a limited period of time. A CDC volunteer assists with the interview of applicants to insure that they demonstrate appropriate financial need. It has been gratifying to hear the appreciation that many of these needy people have for the emergency assistance that they received.
CDC is supported in large part by the Cornbelt Cosmopolitan clubs which accounts for 56% of past revenues. Memorials, gifts and grants make up the remainder of the funding. Notably the Cosmopolitan Diabetes Foundation has granted a significant amount to CDC over the past nineteen years. The CDC grant committee has been actively seeking additional grants for the three primary projects and the anticipated replacement of the mobile clinic from other foundations with some success.