Diabetes education-mobile launched in Vallejo on Monday

Vallejo Times Herald
by Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
3/13/2017

Pushing forward with its focus on diabetes, Vallejo’s Touro University, in partnership with Sutter Solano Medical Center on Monday, launched a first-of-its-kind diabetes-mobile, officials of both institutions announced.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to engage in the community and take diabetes education on the road to communities where they need it the most in Solano,” diabetologist, Touro’s Director of Diabetes Service and professor Jay Shubrook, said. “Very few people who get diabetes get diabetes education. We want to address those barriers by creating awareness and screenings, and providing programs in the locations that are best in the community. This campus is very engaged in obesity-related conditions, including diabetes. We are very passionate about making a difference in the community and through (MOBEC — Mobile Diabetes Education Center), we will be able to educate the community on diabetes, where we can help people in their communities.”

More than 125 people, including several local and regional dignitaries, attended the event, which included a ribbon-cutting.

“We also had stations inside Farragut Inn that demonstrated the services MOBEC will provide,” spokeswoman Andrea Garcia said.

Touro officials said that more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, most of them Type 2, and that a third of those suffer complications by the time they’re diagnosed.

Some 55 percent of Californians are diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, resulting in “a state and a nation desperate for prevention and resolution,” Touro officials said. “Early detection allows those at risk to take the necessary steps to lessen the impact of the disease and potentially prevent it from developing.”

Solano County had California’s second highest rate of diabetes in hospitalized patients with at least 110,000 obese adults and at least 22,000 people with diabetes, a condition that substantially increases health care costs, they said.

The mobile education center, developed through the private support of donors including Sutter Health, is a recreational vehicle, “retrofitted into a full mobile healthcare and education facility,” that will “provide a variety of services including screenings, prevention services, education, demonstrations, training and more,” according to a news release.

"Touro students, under faculty supervision, will provide all these services while gaining “valuable understanding of how chronic illness impacts a community,” it said.

“This mobile center will enable our Touro faculty and students to provide much needed care and education to Solano’s underserved,” Touro University California CEO and Senior Provost Shelley Berkley, said.“This project is just the latest example of how we are furthering our commitment to addressing the widespread issue of diabetes and dedication to the health of those in our community. Not only will we be able to make an impact right here in our own community, we will also be giving our students first-hand experience as part of their overall training.” 

Touro diabetes expert Jay Shubrook says he stands ready to arm Californians and everyone affected by this epidemic disease, with the necessary education to increase early intervention.

“Too many people are at risk for diabetes right here in our own community, and without having access to early information, may not have the opportunity to take the necessary actions to stop this largely preventable disease,” he said.

Early information allows for early intervention, he said.

“It is our goal that this mobile center will reach and educate many of those in desperate need and begin to help us lower the numbers we are seeing grow on a yearly basis,” Shubrook said.

Disease prevention, management and treatment is a top priority in Solano County and something Sutter Solano Medical Center officials take seriously, Sutter Solano’s Manager of Nursing Services and Chief Experience Officer Therese Frank, said. “We’re thrilled to launch this innovative Mobile Diabetes Education Center with Touro University and look forward to being part of many more efforts that help make our communities a healthier, more robust place to call home.”

Touro Provost Shelley Berkley (with the scissors) is flanked by Touro’s Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, as well as Dr. Mike Clearfield, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Jay Shubrook, Solano County Supervisors John Vasquez and Erin Hannigan, local business owner Buck Kamphausen and the presidents of the Vallejo, Fairfield and Vacaville Chambers of Commerce performed ribbon cutting duties at Monday’s unveiling of the new mobile diabetes education center.
Touro Provost Shelley Berkley (with the scissors) is flanked by Touro’s Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, as well as Dr. Mike Clearfield, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Jay Shubrook, Solano County Supervisors John Vasquez and Erin Hannigan, local business owner Buck Kamphausen and the presidents of the Vallejo, Fairfield and Vacaville Chambers of Commerce performed ribbon cutting duties at Monday’s unveiling of the new mobile diabetes education center.