Tyson Foods Awards $10,000 in Grant Funds to Diabetes Education Program
As a result of the grant funds, Newman Regional Health was able to offer their Diabetes Education Program to those in Lyon County and surrounding areas that otherwise would not have had the resources available due to non-coverage or financial hardship from out-of-pocket expenses. Thirty-one scholarships were awarded to community members to assist them in receiving diabetes education
Other ways that grant funding was able to further diabetes education in our community include:
– Targeted diabetes education sessions with Tyson Foods employees.
– Promotion of the 2020 and/or 2021 Diabetes Health Fair – a free community event open to the public.
– Quarterly Diabetes Support Groups provided to those with diabetes or family/caregivers.
– Continuing Education hours for local diabetes educators and pharmacist.
Newman Regional Health initiated the grant request with Tyson Foods in 2019 as a way to further increase diabetes education and outreach within the local communities. Due to several unforeseen challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many diabetes education activities and events were canceled; however, classes were resumed in June 2020. For more information about Newman Regional Health’s Diabetes Education Program, visit https://www.newmanrh.org/diabeteseducation.
“Being diagnosed with diabetes can be a scary experience, and even more so for patients with insurance that does not cover educational programs, patients that are uninsured, or patients with a high deductible. But as a result of the funds provided by Tyson Foods, at least thirty-one community members were directly impacted due to the scholarship they received,” said Wilma Malone, Outpatient Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at Newman Regional Health. “In the future, we wish to continue our relationship with Tyson Foods as a way to streamline a more healthy lifestyle for their employees.”
“Thanks to a $10,000 award from Tyson Foods to be used for increasing diabetes education resources and opportunities in our communities, those that often do not have the means to complete the program are now able to receive some of the most essential education related to their health. Newman Regional Health is grateful to Tyson Foods for its financial investment in improving the health outcomes of our community members,” said Vicki Brooks, Education Supervisor at Newman Regional Health
Newman Regional Health
1201 West 12th Avenue
Emporia, KS 66801
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About Newman Regional Health: Newman Regional Health is a not-for-profit 25-bed Critical Access Hospital owned by the citizens of Lyon County, Kansas. Recognized as a Level 4 Trauma Center, Newman Regional Health provides inpatient acute and medical rehabilitation services along with a full range of emergency and outpatient care to patients of all ages in Lyon County and surrounding areas in East Central Kansas. Newman Regional Health offers 24/7 care with a newly renovated, state-of-the-art 19-bed emergency room and 10-bed Clinical Decision Unit. With a mission to improve health in the community by providing high quality care and a vision to be a valued, trusted partner and regional provider of exemplary services, Newman Regional Health receives recognition as a top Critical Access Hospital each year.