The Bibb County Diabetes Coalition
The Bibb County Diabetes Coalition is supported through the Bibb County Child Caring Foundation, and was formed as an outgrowth of the Bibb County Child Caring Foundation to specifically address the prevention and control of diabetes in Bibb County.
The Bibb County Child Caring Foundation came together in December 1995 as a group of concerned citizens and community leaders addressing the challenges of health insurance coverage and primary health care for the county's children. The county was offered the opportunity to participate in a pilot project to determine the effects of providing health insurance for all of the community's children. Over the next twenty years, the group worked to identify children who did not have health insurance coverage, and provide them with information on available insurance sources, including Medicaid, Caring Program Insurance and ALLKIDS. A second part of the endeavor has been to offer school-based health screenings to all K-12 children with parental permission for participation. Through a collaborative effort, the community has offered these screenings for twenty years. Additionally, an outgrowth of the coalition has been participating in the Appalachian Region Commission's Diabetes Control Project.
Since 2005 the Bibb County Child Caring Foundation has offered Community Diabetes Prevention and Wellness Education. This has been through a variety of measures such as support group meetings, staff wellness sessions and screenings, Scale Back Alabama meetings, Chronic Disease Self-Management Courses, and Community Outreach through Health Fairs. The Bibb County Diabetes Coalition has displayed information in public venues, with healthcare professionals distributing information and available for questions, such as at the Annual College and Career Fair, the St. Jude Children's Bike-a-Thon, and at the School System Inservice/Education Activities. Resources from the Center for Disease Control have been used, such as available powerpoint presentations and posters/display information downloaded for use throughout the community.