Community Resources for Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes

Diabetes is becoming a major health problem in the United States. People with the disease will get sicker without good care by the doctors and programs that can help them. Health problems of the kidneys, skin and eyes are common.

More than 1 out of 10 adults has the disease. Some of these people know they have it because a doctor has done tests and told them so. Others also have the disease, but don’t know it because they have not had the tests or seen a doctor. And 1 out of 3 adults has pre-diabetes, meaning they show signs they’ll get the disease if steps aren’t taken to get healthier.

Keeping blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels healthy are the best signs that diabetes is controlled. But, only about 1 or 2 out of every 10 people are able to do this well. Studies have shown that diabetes education is not only helpful, but necessary for people to reach this goal. Even people who are in danger of getting the disease can do things to keep it from happening. There are many programs that help both groups.

The Diabetes Referral Network has put together this list of resources that serve people with diabetes or pre-diabetes. Each resource or program has agreed that 1) they have experts who have studied the disease, and 2) will give special care to the people who live with it. We always tell patients to work with their doctor first. But these community health workers and other programs can help with more ways to manage the disease. They will answer questions, teach skills, and tell patients about other places to get help.

Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs:
Learning what YOU can do to take the best care of yourself and your disease.

 

National Diabetes Self-Management Education
Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Programs aim to
*help you learn to make decisions based on your experience with the disease
*teach you how to take the best care of yourself
*help you learn to solve problems using the right information
*work with your health care team
*set goals to get 1) the healthiest test results and 2) better quality of life

Kearney Clinic, P.C.
Contact: 308-865-2141     211 West 33rd Street Kearney, NE 68845
About: Team of qualified professionals providing focused management of complicated diabetes, Type 1, Type 2, gestational, pre-diabetes, insulin pump management and continuous glucose monitoring.
Cost: Varies by Insurance
Do I qualify? Physician Referral
Web Address: http://www.kearneyclinic.com/cms/

 Family Practice Associates
Contact: 308-865-2767     6th Avenue Kearney NE 68845
About: Diabetes Education
Cost: Varies by Insurance
Do I qualify? Physician Referral
Web Address: http://www.kearneyfpa.com/

Good Samaritan Specialists
Contact: 308-865-2370     3219 Central Avenue Kearney NE 68845
About: Diabetes Education
Cost: Varies by Insurance
Do I qualify? Physician Referral
Web Address: http://www.goodsamaritanspecialists.org/

Platte Valley Medical Group
Contact:308-338-3265       804 22nd Avenue Kearney NE 68845
About: Diabetes Education
Cost: Varies by Insurance
Do I qualify? Physician Referral
Web Address:http://plattevalleymed.com/

Phelps Memorial Health Center
Contact: 308-995-2172       1215 Tibbals Street Holdrege NE 68949
About: Diabetes Education
Cost: Varies by Insurance
Do I qualify? Physician Referral
Web Address: https://www.phelpsmemorial.com/
 
Community Self-Management Programs:
Evidence-based programs provided by the community.

Living Well
Contact:308-865-6913       3015 A Avenue Kearney NE 68847
About: The program is a 6-session workshop that helps people who have on-going health conditions. Participants learn real-life skills to take small steps towards positive changes and healthier living. The workshop will build participant confidence and improve their ability to manage day-to-day life.
Cost: Free
Do I qualify? Anyone aged 18 and older
Web Address:http://www.livingwellne.org/

Valley Pharmacy
308-234-3300    211 W 33rd, Kearney, NE 68845
About:
The program is called the Sweet Spot and is a monthly, one hour class covering the essentials of living with diabetes, including neuropathy (nerve damage and pain), healthy eating, preventing diabetes complications, and more. The participants will also get free access to Spark which is our online health tracker. Through Spark participants will be able to build healthy meals based on what they have in their kitchen and workouts based on the type of exercise they prefer. They will also be able get information, accountability and encouragement by interacting with our pharmacists through Spark. The best part is the Sweet Spot classes are free as is access to Spark which is accessible through a free app or online. The classes will be the 2nd Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Kearney Public Library. The first class is April 14th.
Cost:
No cost; Registration required for events

 

UNK Building Healthy Families
Contact:308-865-8336       905 W 25th Street Kearney NE 68847
About: Building Healthy Families (BHF) is a family- based obesity treatment program for children and their families. Key parts of the program:
*Physical activity
*Re-learning how to think about food
*Support from other families going through the same healthy changes
*Learning basic nutrition and practicing healthy eating
*Learning about YOUR needs and getting help with YOUR plan
*Tracking your changes

Cost: $85/month for whole family, which includes all assessments. Get help with the cost by showing paperwork that proves the need.
Do I qualify? For Families
Web Address:http://www.unk.edu/academics/hperls/PAWL/bhf-program.php

Diabetes Prevention Program

This program works to make it easier for people with pre-diabetes to improve their overall health. People participate in affordable, high-quality lifestyle change programs to lower their risk of type 2 diabetes.

National Diabetes Prevention Program
Nationally recognized by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Plum Creek Medical Group
Contact: 308-324-6386   1103 Buffalo Bend Lexington, NE 68850
About: A CDC designed curriculum to help adults improve their overall health and well-being. Focus on healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change. 16 weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions led by a trained Lifestyle Coach.
Do I qualify?For adults 18 and older who are overweight (BMI greater than 25) and at-risk for or have been diagnosed with Pre-diabetes.
Web Address: http://www.plumcreekmedicalgroup.com/

YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program
Contact:308-237-9622   6th Ave Kearney NE 68845
About:A CDC designed curriculum to help adults improve their overall health and well-being. Focus on healthy eating, regular physical activity and behavior change. 16 weekly sessions followed by 8 monthly sessions led by a trained Lifestyle Coach.
Do I qualify?For adults 18 and older who are overweight (BMI greater than 25) and at-risk for or have been diagnosed with Prediabetes.
Web Address: http://kearneyymca.org/y-programs/health-and-wellness/diabetes-prevention-program

Nutrition

Eating healthful meals must be a part of managing diabetes. Registered Dietitians and other programs provide nutrition education.

Medically-based Programs
Your doctor must refer you to the program. Insurance may pay part or all of the cost. Check with your plan.

CHI Health Good Samaritan Diabetes and Nutrition Center
Contact: 308-865-7006     10 E. 31st St. Kearney NE 68847
About: Team of Certified Diabetes Educators and a Registered Dietitian offering diabetes education, nutrition therapy and a management plan that fits your lifestyle. We welcome patients of all ages to schedule a one-on-one session or attend our diabetes management classes.
Cost: Covered by Medicare and most insurance companies
Do I qualify? Physician Referral
Web Address: http://chihealthgoodsamaritan.org/our-diabetes-center

Kearney Regional Medical Center
Contact: 308-338 -3265   804 22nd Avenue Kearney NE 68845
About:Inpatient nutrition evaluations.
Do I qualify? Must be a patient.
Cost: Varries by Insurance
Web Address:http://www.kearneyregional.com/

Community-based Programs
Do not need referral.
 
HyVee
Contact:1-308-236-0024    5212 3rd Ave Kearney Ne
About:Meet with a registered dietitian
Do I qualify? Anyone
Cost:Varies See Website
Web Address:https://www.hy-vee.com/stores/dietitian/default.aspx?s=1376

Nutrition Education Program University of Nebraska Extension
Contact: 308-236-1235    1400 E 34th Kearney NE 68847
About: Education on food shopping, nutrition and meal planning.
Cost: No cost; Registration required for events
Do I qualify: SNAP participants with children enrolled in Kearney Public Schools – pre K through high school.
Web Address: http://food.unl.edu/nutrition-education-program-nep/

South Central Agency On Aging
Contact: 308-234-1851    620 E 25th, Ste 12 Kearney, NE 68847
About:Nutritional Services primarily consist of the congregate and home delivered meal programs. Other programs, such as health and nutritional counseling, may be provided. These types of programs are contingent on funding, and may not be available at all times. You may contact the office to see what health and nutrition programs are currently available.
Web Address:http://www.agingkearney.org/

Diabetes Educator

A health professional who has earned a certificate after long study about pre-diabetes, diabetes prevention and management. The Certified Diabetic Educator (CDE®) educates and supports people affected by diabetes to understand and manage the condition.

Family Practice
Contact: 308-865-2767      3907 6th Ave Kearney NE 68845
About Meet with Diabetes Educator
Do I qualify? Physician Referral
Cost: Varies by Insurance
Web Address: http://www.kearneyfpa.com/

Good Samaritan Medical Group
Contact: 308-865-2370           3219 Central Avenue Kearney NE 68845
About Meet with Diabetes Educator
Do I qualify?Physician Referral
Cost: Varies by Insurance
Web Address: http://www.goodsamaritanspecialists.org/

CHI Health Good Samaritan Hospital Diabetes and Nutrition Center
Contact:308-865-7006    10 East 31st Kearney, NE. 68848
About: Team of Certified Diabetes Educators and a Registered Dietitian offering diabetes education, nutrition therapy and a management plan that fits your lifestyle. We welcome patients of all ages to schedule a one-on-one session or attend our diabetes management classes.
Do I qualify? Physician Referral
Cost: Covered by Medicare and most insurance companies
Web Address: http://chihealthgoodsamaritan.org/our-diabetes-center

HelpCare Clinic
Contact: 308- 224-2392   3015 A Avenue Kearney NE 68847
About:Meet with Diabetes Educator
Do I qualify? Must live and/or work in Buffalo and Kearney County, be uninsured and 200% or under of the Federal Poverty Level
Web Address: http://helpcareclinic.org/

Phelps Memorial Health Center
Contact: 308-995-2172   1215 Tibbals St Holdrege NE 69101
About Meet with Diabetes Educator
Do I qualify? Physician Referral
Cost: Varies by Insurance
Web Address: https://www.phelpsmemorial.com/

Platte Valley Medical Group
Contact: 308 -338 – 3265     804 22nd Avenue Kearney NE 68845
About Meet with Diabetes Educator
Do I qualify? Physician Referral
Cost: Varies by Insurance
Web Address:http://plattevalleymed.com/

Physical Therapy

Physical activity, along with diet and medication, is a cornerstone of treatment for diabetes—and physical activity is a cornerstone for prevention of diabetes. Your physical therapist will perform an evaluation, including a review of your medical history and medications, and develop an individualized exercise program.

TEAM Physical Therapy
Contact: 308-237-0591     3811 Central Ave, Suite F Kearney NE 68847
About: Evaluation of musculoskeletal or neurological pain, as well as aerobic capacity, functional strength, BMI, foot sensation, vital signs and blood glucose levels. Development of an individualized treatment plan to address pain and limitations and improve blood glucose control via an appropriate dosed and individualized exercise program.
Cost: Varies by Insurance
Area Served Several office locations in Broken Bow, Burwell, Callaway, Gothenburg, Greeley, Kearney and Ord.
Web Address: http://www.mcmeenpt.com/

Community Health Workers

A Community Health Worker is the link between people and public health, healthcare, behavioral health and social services to help people navigate these different systems. They also promote health and advocate for individuals.

Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska
Contact: 308- 865-5675     16 W 11th St Kearney NE 68847
About: Assist patients who have cardiovascular disease or diabetes
Area Served Kearney Area and Lexington Area
Web Address: http://communityactionmidne.com/community-health-workers/

Family Practice Associates
Contact: 308-865-2767      3907 6th Avenue Kearney NE 68845
About: Assists patients seen at Family Practice
Area Served: Central Nebraska
Web Address: http://www.kearneyfpa.com/

Help Care Clinic
Contact: 308- 224-2392     3015 A Avenue Kearney NE 68847
About: Assist patients seen at the HelpCare Clinic
Do I qualify? Must live and/or work in Buffalo and Kearney County, be uninsured and 200% or under of the Federal Poverty Level
Area Served: Buffalo and Kearney Counties
Web Address:http://helpcareclinic.org/

Parish Nurses
Contact: Varies on church. Look up individual phone number/ web sites for contact.
About: A parish nurse is a registered nurse specialist who encourages physical and spiritual health and wholeness by developing and leading programs within faith communities.
Area Served:
• Kearney, Faith United Methodist Church
• Kearney, First Baptist Church
• Kearney, First United Methodist Church
• Kearney, Holy Cross Lutheran Church
• Kearney, Seventh Day Adventist Church
• Kearney, St. James Catholic Church
• Minden, Bethany Lutheran Church

South Central Agency On Aging
Contact: 308-234-1851    620 E 25th, Ste 12 Kearney, NE 68847
About: South Central Agency on Aging provides many services to individuals. Care Management is a state-certified program that helps seniors find in-home services and care providers to allow them to live independently for as long as possible, preventing premature nursing home placement. Senior Care Options will evaluate the long-term care needs of persons over the age of 65 who are seeking Medicaid coverage for nursing facility care, to determine if such care is needed, or if other options are viable. Home and Community Based Services through Medicaid for Aged Persons (Medicaid Waiver) provides service coordination options for individuals age 65 or older who have care needs. The Family Caregiver Support Program provides information, education and support to caregivers and their families. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is an advocate that protects and promotes the rights of nursing home and assisted living facility residents.
Do I qualify? Serve individuals 60 plus and their families
Web Address: http://www.agingkearney.org/

UniNet-Kearney
Contact:  308-865-2707      3015 A Ave Kearney NE 68847
About:Prenatal program
Area Served: Buffalo and Dawson County

Prosthetics

Diabetic neuropathy, a type of nerve damage, can happen if you have diabetes. This can lead to the use of prosthetics, special shoes, etc.

Family O&P
Contact: 308-338-3550     4005 7th Ave Kearney NE 68845
About: Provide services to diabetics
Web Address: www.familyop.com

Ortho Medics
Contact: 308-237-6105     8 W 56th St Kearney NE 68847
About:Provide services to diabetics. Will go to the patient’s home, assisted living facility, or clinic to make it convenient for the patient.
Web Address:http://www.orthomedics.us/

Dental Care

Diabetes can affect your whole body, including your mouth. Increased levels of blood glucose can put you at risk for oral health problems.

Young Children Priority One
Contact:402-984-7276   408 Montrose Ave Bertrand NE 68927
About:This program aims toward preventing dental problems. It serves young children and parents in our District who meet the guidelines. This program teaches families about good dental health care, and gives them toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss. A trained dental health professional will also treat teeth to reduce germs and protect the teeth. We partner with WIC, Head Start and other similar programs to find people who need the program. A Spanish-speaking Community Health Worker helps to set up the program for families needing Spanish language services.

When choosing a dental care provider, ask your doctor (primary care provider) for advice. Be sure to ask the dental health professional if they have experience caring for patients who have diabetes.

Support Groups

Diabetes can be overwhelming as there are many lifestyle changes. It is important to surround yourself with a good support system of family, friends, and others who have diabetes.

CHI Health Good Samaritan Diabetes and Nutrition Center
Contact: 308-865-7006    10 E. 31st St. Kearney NE 68847
About: Quarterly Health Fairs/Support group.
Do I qualify? Anyone
Web Address: http://chihealthgoodsamaritan.org/our-diabetes-center

Living Well
Contact:308-865-6913     3015 A Ave Kearney NE 68847
About:After completing the 6 week workshop, participants can remain in contact with each other as a support system.
Do I qualify? Anyone who completes the Living Well workshop
Web Address:http://www.livingwellne.org/

Insurance/Affording Health Care

Diabetes can be a costly chronic disease, so health insurance is needed to offset the costs on the individual. There are organizations that can assist with medications, insurance and other resources.

Affordable Care Act Navigator Program–Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska
Contact: 308-865-5675    16 West 11th Street Kearney NE 68847
About: Navigators have a vital role in helping consumers prepare electronic and paper applications to establish eligibility and enroll in coverage through the Marketplaces and potentially qualify for an insurance affordability program. They also provide outreach and education to raise awareness about the Marketplace.
Do I qualify? Anyone
Web Address: http://communityactionmidne.com/aca-navigator/

HelpCare Clinic
Contact: 308-224-2392   3015 A Avenue Kearney NE 68847
About:outpatient primary medical care, preventive medical services, noncritical acute care, and behavioral health services Bi-lingual (Spanish) available.
Do I qualify? Must live and/or work in Buffalo and Kearney County, be uninsured and 200% or under of the Federal Poverty Level
Web Address: http://helpcareclinic.org/

South Central Agency on Aging
Contact: 308-234-1851   620 E 25th, Ste 12 Kearney, NE 68847
About: A program to assist older Nebraskans regarding their health insurance issues. The SHIIP program has trained volunteers to provide individuals with accurate, objective information. A SHIIP volunteer can assist persons with: Medicare and Medicaid issues, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Long-term care insurance, and the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. SHIIP volunteers not only provide assistance one on one, volunteers give presentations at Senior Centers, as well as other organizations. Examples of presentation topics include, “The Changes in Medicare,” to “Help with Prescription Drugs.”
Do I qualify? Serve individuals 60 plus and their spouses.
Web Address: http://www.agingkearney.org/

UniNet-Kearney Medication Access Program
Contact: 308-865-2707   3015 A Avenue Kearney NE 68847
About: Advocates assist those referred by their provider (must be a member of UniNet) in completing applications to pharmaceutical companies for free or reduced cost prescription medication.
Do I qualify? Provider must be a member of UniNet
Web Address: http://www.uninet.com/services/patient-centered-services/pharmacy/

Healthy Lifestyles

Diabetes affects many areas of daily living. Lifestyle changes are often needed. There are many programs that are available to help individuals control and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Smoking Cessation
Good Samaritan Cancer Center
Contact: 308-385-7291      10 E 31st Street Kearney, Ne
About: Group programs as announced, individual consults and sessions available by appointment. Focused on cancer patients and survivors.
Cost Free

Nebraska Tobacco Quit Line
Contact: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
About: The Nebraska Tobacco Quit Line gives free counseling and support services. Calls are answered by trained coaches who give you a choice of services. These include telephone counseling, self-help materials, referrals to community programs, or a combination of these. All information you provide is confidential

OsteoStrong
Contact: 308-455-1125    207 West 29th Street, Suite B Kearney NE 68847
About: Backed by science, OsteoStrong is a natural solution that delivers results that are measurable. A 7-minute session once a week is all it takes to achieve results. OsteoStrong promotes healthy joints, strong bones and muscles, better balance and flexibility, and reduces (or eliminates) pain altogether.It’s non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical, and it doesn’t involves heavy exercise. Unlike a gym, the time you spend at an OsteoStrong center doesn’t require hours of weight-bearing exercises.

Cost: Call for more information
Do I qualify? Everyone
Web Address: http://osteostrong.me/

National Web Resources

Don’t get caught “googling” information for Diabetes. Use these trusted sources for more information on Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes. 

American Diabetes Association: www.diabetes.org

This website provides almost everything there is to know about diabetes from nutrition to care options to diabetes basics. If you want to learn more about diabetes, this is the website to check out!

Center for Disease Control-Diabetes Page: www.cdc.gov/diabetes/home/

This website has some great videos, articles and data on diabetes. You can also learn about the different programs on a national level that we are promoting at the local level, such as the Diabetes Prevention Program.

PreDiabetes: www.doihaveprediabetes.org/

If you want to know if you might have prediabetes, come to this website and take the test. There are also helpful tips and videos that you can share with others.

Prevent Diabetes STAT: www.preventdiabetesstat.org/for-the-public.html

This website offers information on prediabetes and a few steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing diabetes.

Information on Diabetes for Parents, Kids, and Teens:www.kidshealth.org/UHCCommunityPlan/en/parents/center/diabetes-center.html#catendocrine

If you are a parent, teen, or kid looking for information that is relatable to you, this website offers a “diabetes center” page for each age group. The articles and tips are helpful for those with diabetes or those caring for a child with diabetes.

Nebraska Diabetes Prevention and Control:www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/diabetes_index.aspx

This site is specific to Nebraska and provides information on diabetes, Nebraska data, and materials and publications. It also has a resource page with information on free or low cost clinics, medication and test strip assistance, other programs for assistance with health care, and several other resource websites.


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