San Antonio Area Foundation grant to fund diabetes, heart disease screening effort
A diabetes and heart disease community outreach
project at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
received a $13,300 grant Tuesday night from the San Antonio Area Foundation.
project, designed to serve the community and educate undergraduate students in
the UTHSC School of Nursing, will provide cholesterol, blood pressure and blood
glucose screenings at various clinics, community centers and nutrition sites
throughout the city. One of the sites will be the Ella Austin Community Center.
will use the grant mostly to buy equipment to do the screenings,” said Cheryl
Ross Staats, M.S.N., R.N., C.S., assistant professor in the department of acute
nursing care. “This will give professional nursing students the chance to
provide care in the community and across environments outside of the hospital
setting. We certainly hope to identify people at risk for heart disease and
diabetes, and to encourage referral to physicians and nurse practitioners for
Another goal is to
develop effective mechanisms for tracking health care follow-up and behavioral
changes in at-risk individuals, Staats said.
According to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health
District’s Health Profiles 1999, more than 2,500 deaths in Bexar County were
attributed to heart disease and more than 1,000 deaths were attributed to
diabetes and diabetes-related diseases.
The U. T. Health Science Center received 20 SAAF
grants totaling $379,257 at the Tuesday awards ceremony.
Contact: Will Sansom