The Bibb County Diabetes Coalition was formed in 2005 as an outgrowth of the Bibb County Child Caring Foundation to promote awareness and prevention of adult and childhood diabetes. The Bibb County Child Caring Foundation came together in December 1995 as a group of concerned citizens and community leaders addressing the challenges of health insurance coverage and primary health care for the county’s children. The county was offered the opportunity to participate in a pilot project to determine the effects of providing health insurance for all of the community’s children. The group has worked to identify children who did not have health insurance coverage, and provide them with information on available insurance sources, including Medicaid, Caring Program Insurance and ALLKIDS. A second part of the mission has been to offer school-based health screenings to all K-12 children with parental permission for participation. Through a collaborative effort with local healthcare providers, businesses, the Capstone College of Nursing, and the Bibb County School System, the community has offered these screenings since 1996. Following the health care screenings, parents/guardians are provided results indicating if follow up care is needed, including BMI information. Additionally, age appropriate information regarding exercise and healthy eating is provided with the screening results.
The Bibb County Diabetes Coalition is a part of the Appalachian Region Commission’s Diabetes Control Project. Beginning in 2005, the Bibb County Child Caring Foundation has offered Community Diabetes Prevention and Wellness Education. This has been through a variety of measures such as support group meetings, staff wellness sessions and screenings, Scale Back Alabama meetings, Chronic Disease Self-Management Courses, and Community Outreach through Health Fairs. The Bibb County Diabetes Coalition has displayed information in public venues, with health care professionals distributing information and available for questions, such as at the Annual College and Career Fair, School System Inservice/Education Activities, and the St. Jude Children’s Bike-a-Thon. Resources from the Center for Disease Control have been used such as available powerpoint presentations and posters/display information downloaded for use throughout the community.