The Dignity Health-Northridge Hospital Foundation was recently awarded a $50,000 two-year Health Access Grant from Medtronic Foundation, which enables the hospital’s Center for Healthier Communities to implement the Diabetes Wellness RX program.

The program is designed to improve the health outcomes for Type 2 Latino Diabetic residents through culturally competent, patient-centered services.   Funding supports the expansion of an evidence based Diabetes Self-Management Program, a peer support group, outreach and health screenings, physical activity, grocery store tours and cooking demonstrations. 

“Northridge Hospital’s Center for Healthier Communities is in the final stages of completing our 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment and the community has prioritized diabetes and obesity as the top two concerns of community residents,” said Joni Novosel, the hospital’s director of Community Health.

“As part of a focus group for our Health Needs Assessment, 73.63 percent of the 91 community leaders and 375 community residents who participated, rated Diabetes as the number one issue facing our community. Support for the Diabetes Wellness RX program will help to decrease the escalating rates of Diabetes and improve health  outcomes in our community.”

“At Medtronic, we are driven by a belief that access to quality healthcare is fundamental for all people around the world, and that starts right here in the San Fernando Valley,” says Dr. Francine Kaufman, chief medical officer for Medtronic.

“Through the Medtronic Foundation, we invest in localized health access initiatives that support and recognize community-based organizations such as Northridge Hospital Foundation allowing them to continue and expand their great work.”

The Medtronic grants are awarded in 72 different communities worldwide, in recognition of community-based programs and organizations that demonstrate a commitment to expanding access to chronic disease care for the underserved. Five local organizations, including Northridge Hospital were funded.