Our Work: Education

FOR OVER A DECADE in our community, SDRI has been a leader in providing bilingual diabetes education that ranges from nutrition and exercise to healthy living. SDRI further provides a variety of programs for children, adults and seniors impacted by type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as well as gestational diabetes.

Throughout the pandemic, SDRI was able to offer our important education programs virtually. In 2020, SDRI held:

  • Ocho Pasos a la Buena Salud, an 8-week diabetes self-management education series.
  • Conducted Diabetes Prevention Program (in partnership with CenCal Health).
  • Developed and conducted trainings for our community health workers (promotoras).
  • Accomplished 5 series of our Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support classes.
  • Created a “safety net program” supporting our vast network of program participants during the pandemic.
  • Participated in task forces with UC Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Departments to provide relevant updates and information for our patients.
  • Served our type 1 diabetes population through our support and education program, OneTalk, and conducted our first ever Virtual Town Hall event partnering with JDRF and the American Diabetes Association.

Through our Safety Net Program in 2020, SDRI also distributed vegetables to hundreds of local residents at the Isla Vista YMCA, provided mental health support and diabetes self-management education, helped eligible participants sign up for community resources and programs, coordinated provision of necessary diabetes supplies, and partnered with Eyeshine to deliver meals to those patients with diabetes in need. In 2020, despite the global pandemic, SDRI reached nearly 4,000 people through our diabetes education programs.

Community Outreach

Despite the pandemic, SDRI continued our innovative Farming For Life program, which provides medical prescriptions of vegetables for people with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes, with modifications to protect our staffand participants from COVID-19.

In July 2020, SDRI co-hosted a virtual town hall meeting called ‘Returning to School with Diabetes’, with JDRF and the American Diabetes Association. Nearly 3,000 people registered for this town hall meeting, underscoring the immense need for expert medical advice during
COVID-19.

SDRI distributed vegetables to hundreds of local residents at the Isla VistaYMCA as part of our 2020 Safety Net Program. This program supported our vast network of participants during the pandemic.

Activities included:

  • Participation in task forces associated with UCSB and the SB County Public Health Department to receive relevant updates and information.
  • Provided mental health support and diabetes self-management education.
    Coordinated provision of necessary diabetes supplies.
  • Helped eligible participants sign up for community resources and programs such as soup kitchens, financial assistance, and food delivery.
  • Provided produce from the Food Bank at the Isla Vista YMCA location.
  • Partnered with Eyeshine to deliver meals to those patients with diabetes in need.