Commitment and Motivation Critical for Healthy Change

August 10, 2012
August 19, 2019
Translating local innovation into statewide policy: Lessons from a medications for addiction treatment (MAT) prior authorization pilot in Camden, New Jersey
In this brief, we outline our prior authorization pilot program and our work with partners to translate the pilot into successful statewide policy.
Natasha Dravid and Alex Staropoli
August 19, 2019
Camden residents identify barriers to health in their neighborhoods
Members of organizations that have participated in our Faith in Prevention program conducted a health assessment of their Camden neighborhoods.
Whitney Buchmann
Camden Coalition staff and Community Advisory Committee members participate at the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey’s Annual Legislative Day at New Jersey State House
July 18, 2019
Camden Coalition joins the call to fully fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund
To help secure FY2020 funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, CAC members took part in HCDNNJ's Annual Legislative Day at the NJ State House.
Whitney Buchmann
July 16, 2019
From siloed systems to ecosystem: The evolution of the Camden Coalition’s complex care model
In this four-part series, we describe the phases of our care model as we addressed challenges and tested new solutions.
Kathleen Noonan and Kelly Craig
July 15, 2019
Graduates of Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council program reflect on their fresh start
Now in its 28th year, the Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council — or IHOC — has transformed countless lives.
Bill Nice
Camden Coalition care team member helps patient fill medication box.
July 11, 2019
Bringing it home: The shift in where healthcare is delivered
In this blog post for JAMA Forum, Lauran Hardin and Diana Mason write about two new opportunities to incentivize innovative complex care models.
Lauran Hardin and Diana Mason

By Ramona Olivares, Diabetes Education Outreach Coordinator

In March 2011, Juan was struggling with uncontrolled diabetes and high glucose levels. He was referred to the Camden Citywide Diabetes Collaborative, but decided not to participate in the program. After a year of living with the effects of uncontrolled diabetes, he came to our class for the first time in March 2012. Juan had a change of heart when he met with Maria Colon, a Certified Diabetes Educator in Camden. Once Juan decided to attend class, he was engaged with the process right away. He decided that he wanted to live a longer, healthier life for himself and his kids.

The four-class series covers blood glucose control and obstacles patients might face, along with the importance of nutrition and exercise. The patients learn that no two people are alike and that everyone needs a customized diabetes care plan.

Juan did well in the first series of four classes, graduating at the end of the month with a goal of avoiding fried food and sugary drinks and completing 30 minutes of exercise three times a week.  Juan then took the classes again in April—a common occurrence when patients see that the course is working. Before the classes, he was only drinking soda, which he has now replaced with diet juices or water. By May, his blood sugar was drastically decreased.

I keep in touch with Juan and he enjoys the interaction. Though he was very skeptical about coming to classes at first, he now sees the benefits—as does his wife, who also has diabetes and took the classes. Both will be returning to the diabetes classes in September.

Juan offers this advice to others who have diabetes: “Educate yourself and seek help.  Don’t feel that you are defeated. The diabetes classes helped me understand how to control the disease. I now take my medication on time, and no longer eat junk food. If you’re struggling, please know that there is a solution.”

Through working with Juan, I learned that life changes can be made with desire and motivation. When he saw that the small effort he made was working, it motivated him to continue. Though Juan did not decide to take classes right away, once he was ready to commit to make a life change he was able to take the steps he needed to stay healthy.

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