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Advancing Care - 2023 Issue 8


Can You Dodge a Diagnosis of Diabetes?   

Are you among the approximately 30 percent of American adults with prediabetes? Yale New Haven Health’s “Dodge Diabetes” lifestyle program can help you avoid a type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

Prediabetes means that your blood sugar levels are higher than normal – but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. However, without making lifestyle changes, people with prediabetes are at high risk to develop type 2 diabetes. The good news is that prediabetes can be reversible, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Diet, exercise and medication are essential factors to consider.

Yale New Haven Health’s Dodge Diabetes program focuses on healthy eating and increasing activity to lose weight, manage stress and cut the risk of developing diabetes. Group support is provided by others with similar challenges and goals.

  • Classes are 5:30 - 7 pm on Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 13 and continuing through May 2024. 
  • A total of 22 classes will be held over nine months. Classes will be held in person or via Zoom. Call 203-688-9010 to ask about the class status.
  • In-person classes will be held at Nathanael B. Green Community Center, 32 Church St., Guilford.
  • For the first four months, the class meets every week, and then every other week until completion.
  • Participants learn the skills needed to lose weight, be more physical active and manage stress while receiving the support needed to stay motivated.
  • Opportunity for continued support at the completion of the 12 months.

To learn more about the Dodge Diabetes program, call the Office of Health Equity and Community Impact helpline at 203-688-9010.

To register for the Dodge Diabetes program, call 203-453-8118. You will be asked about your pre-diabetic status and whether you know your A1C number.

Learn How To Save A Life with Free Hands-on CPR Class

If you’re at a backyard barbecue and your neighbor goes into cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? A cardiac arrest can happen anywhere – and the person could be someone you know and love. In a cardiac arrest, every second counts. Immediate CPR from someone nearby can double — even triple — their chance of survival.

The Yale New Haven Hospital Center for EMS is now offering free CPR classes to the public. The two-hour class teaches the signs of cardiac arrest, how to perform chest compressions using hands-on CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Participants do not get certified for the hands-only CPR classes, which are shorter and less-intensive than the American Heart Association CPR classes. But participants do gain a skill that can make a big difference. Every minute CPR is delayed, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10 percent, according to the American Heart Association.

“The best time to intervene during cardiac arrest is right away,” said Kate Couturier, MD, medical director, Yale New Haven EMS System, and assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine. “EMS can usually get to a call quickly, but they’re not there ‘right away.’ We know that if the people who are there can start CPR or use an AED, it gives the patient a better chance at survival.”

Center for EMS trainers can provide the class at schools, churches, workplaces or other sites. If you are interested in scheduling a CPR class at your organization, send a request to  Joseph DeAngelis, Center for EMS operations coordinator, at [email protected].

Navigating College with a Digestive Condition or Disease

Living with a gastrointestinal condition can be stressful enough. As a college student in a new and unfamiliar environment, you may be worried about how to balance your condition with this next phase of your life.

Yale New Haven Health’s Digestive Health experts offer advice for navigating through college with a gastrointestinal condition or disease

More Health Tips for College-bound Students and Their Parents

Heading off to college? Wondering what to pack? Don’t leave home without our top tips to help you take charge of your health so you can navigate college in top form.

Read our health tips for college students.

Smilow Survivorship Clinic: Support for Cancer Survivors

Established in 2006, the Smilow Cancer Hospital Survivorship Clinic is the only dedicated, multidisciplinary resource for adult cancer survivors in Connecticut. New treatment options and innovative cancer therapies are helping cancer patients live healthy lives long after their cancer has been cured. The growing number of cancer survivors requires new resources and healthcare specialists to care for the special concerns cancer survivors may have, including medical, social and emotional worries.

The Survivorship Clinic provides patients and their families with vital information on cancer prevention, wellness, supportive services and the latest health research related to cancer survivorship. The clinic is available whether you have recently completed treatment, are decades from diagnosis, or are living with cancer as a chronic condition. For more information about the clinic’s services, call 203-200-4584 or visit the survivorship clinic online.

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven also offers support groups for patients and their families. View the complete list and call the contact person(s) listed for more information about a specific group, including schedules and locations. 

Find a Provider at YNHH

Are you looking for a physician? Call 888-700-6543 or visit our Find a Doctor feature for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. Many of our physician practices offer telehealth video visits for your convenience. 

Billing Questions? 

Yale New Haven Health offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are also available. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 855-547-4584.