Western Tidewater UNITED


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The rates of diabetes and related comorbidities are disproportionately high in Western Tidewater compared with the rest of Virginia, as indicated by the Sentara Obici Hospital Community Needs Assessment from 2019. With higher rates of undereducation and obesity compared to their Hampton Roads counterparts, Western Tidewater residents have a significantly higher rate of hospitalization due to cardiovascular and diabetes-related complications.

In UNited, Improving, & Tracking Diabetes in Western Tidewater - commonly referred to as UNITED Western Tidewater - Medical and Health Professions students will have the opportunity to participate in a longitudinal clinical programs that aims to improve access to diabetes-related education and care in Western Tidewater. The program aims to identify and enroll participants with prediabetes and diabetes through widespread community screenings in the region and provide eligible individuals with multiple educational programs and clinical care interventions.

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