The School of Nursing at North Carolina A&T State University opened the new Diabetes Education, Prevention and Management Center, Thursday, May 1, at the Greensboro Urban Ministry.

The center is a partnership between the Greensboro Urban Ministry, Moses Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Management Center, and the School of Nursing at North Carolina A&T.

Housed at the Greensboro Urban Ministry, the center provides community members with free access to diabetes self-management and prevention education facilitated by A&T faculty and students. Community members can participate in screenings, one-on-one and group sessions and also have access to resources that help educate and prevent the disease.

“This is an extension of our mission,” said Inez Tuck, dean of the School of Nursing. “Our goal is to educate our students and to help create a healthy community.”

Joe B. Whitehead, Jr., North Carolina A&T provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs said the program is an example of the university’s strategic plan and ongoing commitment to excellence in teaching and engagement.

Randy Dale, assistant director and social worker at the Greensboro Urban Ministry and Dave Jenkins, manager of the Cone Health Nutrition and Diabetes Management Center, who participated in the program, spoke about the great opportunity to partner with the university and make a difference in the community.

According to the American Diabetes Association, as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 and an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Since 2010, mortality rates for diabetes mellitus have increased in both Guilford County and North Carolina.

“The center will also prepare students to work with a diverse population and will help make them aware of the resources available in the community,” said Schenita Randolph, assistant professor in the School of Nursing and interim director for Community Engagement and Clinical Translation.

Dean Tuck said the long-term goal is to provide year-round services to the community and to gain additional funding that would expand the services offered.

In response to a growing community need, in 2013, Greensboro Urban Ministry agreed to provide a space for North Carolina A&T faculty and students to provide weekly diabetes support through education and outreach.

The center is free and open to the public. Upcoming evening classes will be held on May 8, 20, 21 and 27, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and are taught by nursing faculty. Daytime classes are also offered in the spring and fall semesters.