Diabetes Association of Pierce County
P.O. Box 110427, Tacoma, WA 98411-0427 (253) 272-5134 www.dapc.info
ANNUAL AGENCY REPORT
Diabetes Association of Pierce County (DAPC) stresses the importance of prevention and education related to diabetes mellitus. Our organization concentrates on the services to the general public by highlighting the importance of early onset recognition. Our agency concentrates on the services to people living with diabetes mellitus by disseminating accurate information, the importance of medical supervision, and methods pertaining to proper diabetes management.
In 2012, we provided services to a total of 2,350 people (unduplicated count below):
1) Assistance and referral service for people with diabetes (589 people served in 2012).
3) Free diabetes self-care workshops (97 served in 2012).
4) We operate the only day camp for children in the Puget Sound region (122 served in 2012).
5) Free blood glucose meters for people with limited income and women with diabetes during their pregnancy (46 received meters in 2012).
6) Free workshops for parents and children teaching nutrition and exercise to promote healthy family lifestyles. (41 people served in 2012).
7) The detection of the unknown and undiagnosed individual with diabetes through "free" public blood glucose level screenings. Early detection of diabetes mellitus prevents medical complications e.g. blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart attacks and strokes.
We tested 1,455 people in 2012. We have offered this service since 1976, screening 129,331 adults through 2012 (must be at least 18 to be tested). The national average of persons who will show an elevated blood sugar level is 4.5%. In 2012, 10.03% had elevated levels.
Our primary aim is to target the "high risk" population groups. Low-income, elderly, minorities and women have a tendency to be at greater risk of developing diabetes. In many cases these groups also prioritize their daily needs and limited dollars in the order of food, shelter, and children's needs. Medical attention usually receives the lowest priority. We believe our substantial increase in the suspect rate over the national average is because we target screenings to these groups.
Working with other agencies, we hold "free" screenings at meal sites and clinics for targeted minority/ethnic groups. Of the 1,455 people screened in 2012, 43.44% were from minority groups.
Volunteer hours for 2012 came to 5,000 hours (2+ full time staff positions). Our most recently filed IRS 990 for year ended 12/31/2011 shows we spent 6.39% of agency revenue on management and fund raising costs.
The remaining 93.61% went to direct agency services.
We are listed with both the State of Washington and the Federal Government as a charitable nonprofit organization. You may contact the Washington State Charitable Solicitations Office, IRS, or us (253) 272-5134 to receive letters verifying our non-profit status and operations. The Diabetes Association of Pierce County provides all services on a non-discriminatory basis.
Diabetes Association of Pierce County is not affiliated with other national diabetes organizations and does NOT receive financial support from them.
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