CA Access News

September 2008

In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information


Diabetes in California: Observations from the Diabetes Atlas (D-Atlas)

By Dr. Gary Puckrein, President and CEO,
National Minority Quality Forum

National Minority Quality Forum

Diabetes is a disorder that affects the way our body uses food for energy. Normally, the sugar we take in is digested and broken down to a simple sugar, known as glucose. The glucose then circulates in our blood, where it waits to enter cells to be used as fuel. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, helps move the glucose into cells. A healthy pancreas adjusts the amount of insulin needed based on the level of glucose. In those of us who have diabetes, this process has broken down, and blood glucose levels have become too high. High levels of glucose may lead to major organ damage, causing blindness, and kidney and cardiovascular diseases.


Novartis Launches "Patient Assistance Now"

Patient Assistance NowNovartis recently launched a program for patients who are in need of assistance paying for their Novartis brand prescriptions. Patient Assistance Now is an easy-to-use, comprehensive resource that allows patients to access programs that may help them pay for their medicines and obtain information about their disease or condition. Patient Assistance Now also offers educational programs and resources on a wide range of conditions, diseases and Novartis medicines, as well as information about Novartis clinical trials.

Patients can visit or call 1-800-245-5356 to access specific information about programs and services available. The Web site also offers a program finder that asks a few simple questions to determine which programs best fit a patient's individual needs. Based on their responses, patients will be directed to contact information for the appropriate programs.

Partnership for Prescription AssistanceIn addition to the Novartis program, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) brings together America’s pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA). PPA's mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. Through the Web site (, PPA offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies like the Novartis program Patient Assistance Now. To access the PPA by phone, you can call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669) or visit


Partner Spotlight

CPAT Welcomes 600th Member!

Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services

CPAT is delighted to welcome Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services as its 600th member!

Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services

The mission of Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services is to provide an exemplary program of comprehensive services to children and their families.

Plaza de la Raza Child Development Services, Inc. is dedicated toward improving the quality of life for residents in the Los Angeles County area by developing partnerships and alliances with private industry and government institutions to better serve the public. Our programs include the Head Start/State Preschool Program, Early Head Start Program, General Child Care Program, and collaborative agreements with employers to provide programs for their employees as well as provide critical interventions in substance abuse, employment, literacy and child care to eligible families.

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CPAT Luncheons
"Diabetes In California:
Observations from the Diabetes Atlas"

Wednesday, September 17, 2008
12 noon – 2 p.m.
Co-hosted by the California Diabetes Program
Holiday Inn - Fresno Downtown
1055 Van Ness
Fresno, CA 93721

RSVP Required
RSVP to Charlotte at 916-658-0144 or email



Thursday, September 18, 2008
12 noon - 2 p.m.
Co-hosted by Healthy Heritage Movement and Greater Faith Bible Church
Inghram Community Center (at the St. Paul AME Church)
Banquet Room
2050 North Mt. Vernon Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92411

RSVP Required
RSVP to Brandon at (323) 466-3445 or email



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In the News

Living With Diabetes: Illness is just a caution flag, not a stop sign
Sacramento Bee
August 10, 2008
Nearly 21 million Americans have diabetes, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. And 10 percent of those have Type 1, often referred to as juvenile onset diabetes.

Study looks at health of farmworkers
Fresno Bee
August 11, 2008
A study being conducted by the Mexican Immigration to California: Agricultural Safety and Acculturation (MICASA) shows Hispanic farmworkers are more concerned about diabetes and their sugar intake.

Telemedicine helps prevent blindness in diabetes patients
Contra Costa Times
August 9, 2008
Clinics throughout California are participating in a telemedicine project aimed at providing eye screenings to diabetic patients who otherwise would face long waits for appointments for eye care specialists who participate in Medi-Cal.

California Central Valley fights obesity epidemic
Los Angeles Times
August 5, 2008
The national obesity rate has risen for decades, increasing from 15% of the population in 1976 to 33% in 2004, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. In the Los Angeles metropolitan area, more than 58% of residents are obese or overweight, according to a CDC report. The rate is higher still in the farm-rich Central Valley, said organizers of the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, despite an abundance of fresh produce.

Pre-pregnancy diabetes tied to more birth defects
San Jose Mercury News
July 30, 2008
Diabetic women who get pregnant are three to four times more likely to have a child with birth defects than other women, according to new government research. The study is the largest of its kind, and provides the most detailed information to date on types of birth defects that befall the infants of diabetic mothers, including heart defects, missing kidneys and spine deformities.

Factors in diabetes might trigger Alzheimer's disease, study says
San Diego Union Tribune
May 1, 2008
Researchers at the Salk Institute and UCSD said they have uncovered one reason why diabetics are up to 65 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer's, the degenerative disease mainly associated with memory loss in old age.


Interesting Information

Facts About Diabetes

There are 23.6 million people, roughly 8 percent of the population, in the United States who have diabetes. In the last three years, the prevalence of diabetes has increased more than 13 percent. It is easy to see why diabetes is the fifth-deadliest disease in the United States.

  • Each day, approximately 4,110 people are diagnosed with diabetes.
  • There are more than 5.7 million people in the United States who have diabetes that are undiagnosed and another 57 million who have pre-diabetes.
  • Heart disease and stroke account for about 65 percent of deaths in people with diabetes.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Diabetes-related hospitalizations totaled 24.3 million days in 2007.
  • One out of every five health care dollars is spent caring for someone with diagnosed diabetes.
  • The total annual economic cost of diabetes in 2007 was estimated to be $174 billion.

For more information please visit the American Diabetes Association


925 L Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95814

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