Organize a Diabetes Screening Test in Your Community
As a part of Diabetes Awareness Month, we’re continuing to share diabetes project ideas that you can organize in your community. Consider organizing a free diabetes screening test to the public. A diabetes screening can be the first step to detecting the possibility of diabetes; confirmation that a person has diabetes requires further medical testing.
- Choose a date and location for the screening. Possible locations include schools, libraries, community centers and houses of worship.
- Arrange for medical equipment and medical personnel. Partner with healthcare professionals to carry out joint diabetes screening projects, and adhere to the appropriate healthcare laws and regulations when conducting screenings. Many healthcare regulations require blood tests to be conducted by a licensed healthcare professional.
- Let your community know about the screening by sending out flyers, contacting your local newspaper and posting about the event on Facebook.
On the day of the screening:
- Keep the screening room clean and organized.
- Offer free transportation for those who lack access.
- Assist with record-keeping functions.
- Provide informational materials to further educate the public on diabetes.
After the screening:
- Send letters of appreciation to everyone involved, including healthcare professionals, community leaders, medical companies, etc.
- Contact people in the community who found out they may have diabetes, and provide further information about next steps and local treatment facilities.