Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans
The mission of Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO) is to improve the health and well-being of our community and to be a presence of the Love of Jesus in the lives of all we serve and with whom we partner. DCSNO offers high-quality, affordable health care for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors at nine community health centers throughout greater New Orleans. Services include primary and preventive health care, pediatrics, dental, optometry, chronic disease management, prenatal care, behavioral health, and onsite laboratories and pharmacies.
By offering comprehensive primary care, DCSNO is providing a medical home for all individuals in our community, regardless of their ability to pay. More than 65% of our patient population is underinsured, uninsured, or are working poor and receive supplementation of costs through a sliding scale fee structure. DCSNO’s unique model of care focuses on prevention, which keeps these individuals out of hospital emergency rooms and reduces health care costs. In addition to our nine health centers, DCSNO also utilizes a Mobile Health Unit to conduct community outreach and health screenings in underserved neighborhoods. Through our ministry, DCSNO is improving the health of the New Orleans community by removing barriers to high-quality care.
If we win
Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans (DCSNO) will use the grant funding to start a pre-diabetes program to prevent individuals from developing diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, limb amputations, and new cases of blindness in the United States and the disease is reaching epidemic proportions in New Orleans. DCSNO currently operates the Daughters’ Diabetic Institute, which is a diabetes management program that uses a shared-visit model to give patients the tools, resources, and education they need to effectively manage their diabetes. Based on the success of this program, DCSNO hopes to start a pre-diabetes program, which will use a similar model to teach individuals who have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, or at-risk for developing diabetes, how to change their lifestyle.
The pre-diabetes program will include educational sessions on diabetes, nutrition, physical activity, managing stress, and overcoming barriers. DCSNO will partner with Market Umbrella to provide participants with vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables to be redeemed at Crescent City Farmers Markets throughout greater New Orleans and with the YMCA to provide gym memberships for the participants. With your help, this pre-diabetes program will reverse the dangerous fate of pre-diabetics while also reducing health care costs.